Make-up, hair extensions, teased hairstyles, clouds of hairspray, sophisticated costumes, tiaras, trophies, money, and more. Is this the type of environment or lifestyle you would want your child to be raised in? Unfortunately for some children this is a reality. For almost fifty years now children have been forced to behave as young adults rather than the five year olds they actually are. In my opinion beauty pageants are harmful to children. Beauty pageants create a negative environment for children putting them under pressure and negative self evaluation. Pageants judge only the external aspects of a child rather than their inner beauty and beauty pageants are very time consuming (getting the perfect costume, practicing all day long,
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The natural image of a woman does have flaws. Naturally without makeup women have blemishes and without spray on tans some women’s skin really isn’t that dark. On the other hand in pageant world contestants must look and act unnatural. On a regular basis women do not have smiles from ear to ear, in pageants it is all about the smile. Contestants who are surrounded by the beauty pageant atmosphere are used to the unnatural look. Someone to them who’s hair isn’t done up, who’s makeup isn’t done, and someone who doesn’t have nice sparkling white teeth may seem weird or strange because they are only used to perfection. Women are naturally beautiful; they don’t need makeup or a fake tan to make themselves look better.
Judging of pageants is based on the contestants’ external beauty. They are judged on modeling sportswear, evening attire, dance and talent. The children are also judged based on individuality, which is based on looks, capability, poise, perfection and confidence, as the judges call it, "the complete package.” This is mainly the reason why coaches are hired. To perfect the child’s walk, dance routine, smile, poise and answers. When it is time for the interview section of the judging contestants have a rehearsed answer made up by their coach so they have the perfect answer. Based on the judging criteria the external features of a child must look perfect at the pageant. Perfection in pageants costs a lot of money. Beauty pageants cost a lot of money. To