Child Beauty Pageants Essay

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Beauty Pageants: From the Title of Mini Supreme to America’s Next Top Model
English 106
Cassie Robinson
3 Otober 2012


Beauty pageants have changed drastically in the past fifty years. Beauty pageants used to be all adult females who dressed in their Sunday best and walked on the catwalk at the county fair. Now, little children are decked out in glitzy outfits, have wigs that make their hair twice as long, and have teeth to make it seem like their baby teeth haven’t fallen out yet. In this literature review, I reviewed different articles, some against child beauty pageants and some that showed a firsthand look into the beauty pageants. Based on the reviews, I have made a decision as to whether child beauty pageants are
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Americans support multi-million dollar activities that exploit children and promote the provocativeness of them, such as beauty pageants. Beauty pageants, “commercially flaunt kids’ bodies, often converting preteen and preschool girls into sex puppets adorned with lipstick, mascara, false eyelashes, bleached hair, high heels, and satin-and-rhinestone gowns and professionally coached in showgirl postures and movements,” (Davidson, 1997) which leads to controversial topics like the 1996 sexual molestation and murder of JonBenet Ramsey. There are many movies, such as “Lolita” and “Pretty Baby,” that portray young girls as being involved in sexual situations with older men. This leads to young girls growing up to believe this is acceptable.
What makes this article different is that it does not revolve around beauty pageants, but around the media and its involvement in child pornography and exploitation of girls at a young age. Hollywood and the likes, “engage in massive pimping for child temptresses,” (Davidson, 1997) which intrigues young minds and makes them believe that since it is accepted in media, it is accepted in everyday society. Only after JonBenet had been murdered did the media look for moral guidance to see if what it was displaying was appropriate. A little girl who had not even started kindergarten had to be

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