Teenage Beauty Pageants

Great Essays
Pageants are a place where it is socially acceptable for society to judge women and girl’s of all ages on their external beauty. On the other hand today’s society tells young girl’s that they should not care what’s on the outside but what’s on the inside. How can people expect this to be true when society contradicts this by telling young girls they exact opposite by allowing young beauty pageants. Youth beauty pageants had first debuted in 1961 and since then it has become increasing popular, with all the much wanted media attention. According to the article By the Numbers: Beauty Pageants the “annual beauty pageants for children ages 18 and under are around 3000” (Beauty Pageants 1). Even though pageants are visually stunning, watching …show more content…
Children of sweetness and innocence should not be seen as sex objects to other people. Thus, even in some cases, children could be looked at as child pornography, which stated by Recent Supreme Court Rulings on Child Pornography, is illegal in the U.S, is in violation of the federal child pornography law and goes against our first amendment the freedom of speech (Rulings on Child Pornography 1). Also in the article Controversy over Children’s Pageants critics against child beauty pageants argue, “That the parents often impose age-inappropriate costumes on their children…” (Controversy 1). For example, in the TLC television series Toddlers and Tiaras, stated in the article Toddler and Tiaras TOO MUCH TOO SOON? (cover story) there was a case when a pageant mom “Wendy Dickey dressed up her 3-year-old daughter Paisley in Julia Roberts streetwalker costume from Pretty Women, complete with a cut-out dress and over-the-knee boots. (she won.)”(Triggs,West, Aradillas 1). Also with many young girls in pageants looking like Barbie dolls promote the message that you have to look a certain way to be considered beautiful. We already have the pressuring issue of many young girls body shamming themselves so why make them feel even less beautiful by presenting unrealistic expectations as beautiful. In the article Controversy of Children’s Pageants state that critics claim that the ideals of beauty perpetrated by the pageant wreck havoc on a child’s self-steam (Controversy’s 1). For example, for certain pageants, such as glitz, girls are expected to be at the standards Barbie dolls create, such as the nicest outfits, big beautiful hair, heavy, make-up and much

Related Documents

  • Improved Essays

    Beauty pageants originated a long time ago, and over the years they have evolved tremendously. Today, the use of spray tans, false eyelashes, fake teeth, layers of makeup, and over-sexed outfits are the norm of child pageants. Just over the course of a few decades, the pageant world has changed from simple church dresses to expensive glitzy outfits. Most little girls would relish at the thought of being treated like a princess, even if just for a few days out of the year; however, some parents take the competition too seriously and instead live out a fantasy of their own at the expense of the child. Instead of raising confident independent young women, parents and coaches are teaching young girls that physical appearance is all that matters…

    • 1216 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Great Essays

    These pageants are just as glitzy, and the competition is just as fierce; the only difference is that these contestants are the miniature model. They are child beauty queens. The world of child beauty pageants has become a source of fascination, as well as contention, in our society. Networks such as TLC and WE TV have produced hit reality shows featuring the munchkin-sized divas because it sells, but one cannot…

    • 1869 Words
    • 8 Pages
    Great Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Beauty is not everything, beauty pageants and contests shows little girls that the only thing that matters is what they look like. Pageants discriminate against women, especially girls, only showing off their bodies and not what they have to say. Young girls are very impressionable and these contest show…

    • 1337 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    When comparing the two authors, Orenstein takes a very different approach to princesses and role models. She believes that taking non-girly characters that kids may look up to and molding them into princesses is not only a marketing ploy, but an insult to feminism. Even Dora, she says, has turned from a tomboy adventurer into a princess wannabe. Orenstein includes this to show that society is almost uncomfortable with young girls looking up to women who are not traditionally feminine, like…

    • 864 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Great Essays

    Child Beauty Pageants

    • 1829 Words
    • 8 Pages

    There is nothing wrong with little girls wearing cute pink dresses and walking down a stage to perform a few adorable stunts or tricks. However, there is everything wrong when these actions could potentially lead to long term damages in young girls. And therein lies the problem with child beauty pageants. They have the potential to create long term issues for the many of the female children who are asked to participate in them. This is the stance that “Toddlers and Tiaras” takes regarding the issue of child beauty pageants; the author of the article, Skip Hollandsworth, asserts that “many psychologists believe that developmental and emotional problems can stem from pressure and value system that pageants embody” (493).…

    • 1829 Words
    • 8 Pages
    Great Essays
  • Superior Essays

    In fact: “Bratz, made a whole female fashion line based on the outfits on their dolls” (Baker, 2011, p. 93). This influences young girls to wear revealing clothing. This can negatively affect girls because they are constantly bombarded with the idea perfection is so…

    • 1448 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Superior Essays
  • Superior Essays

    The argument is Barbie either provokes a negative image to women or the image of a strong woman proving “girls can do anything” boys can do. How an individual perceives the Barbie determines the effect the doll has. This carries on to younger girls and their mindset on body image. The narrator in “Barbie-Q” follows under the empowering opinion. Proof of this is stated in the quote: “So what if we didn’t get our new Bendable Legs Barbie and Midge and Ken….and had to buy them on Maxwell Street, all water soaked and sooty.…

    • 2052 Words
    • 9 Pages
    Superior Essays
  • Improved Essays

    The media emphasizes how women and girls should look like: magazines, television shows, and advertisements constantly tell females what is considered pretty, what body figures they should have, and how they should act. And it is exactly what beauty pageants are doing to young children, who have merely developed physically or psychologically. Young girls and boys should be protected from influences created by the media, which soon will be telling, if not already, that they should weigh an “X” amount, and intake only an “X” amount of calories per day. It is crucial that young children use their childhood to develop confidence in themselves and a sense of self-worthiness before they are bombarded by the media’s…

    • 1557 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Children beauty pageants have been a big issue for a while. There are some people who will fight to keep beauty pageants. They think it’s good for the young girls and will help them later on in life. There are those who think it’s wrong to showcase children as if they were dolls. For me, I feel like there should be some kind of middle ground to settle in.…

    • 1032 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    A reality show Toddlers & Tiaras, shown on TLC takes little girls and makes them look like grown women by putting make-up on them and dressing them in inappropriate outfits. Toddler & Tiaras is teaching little girls to look like a grown woman by putting make up on them, getting their hair done, spray tanning them, getting a manicure, and putting fake teeth in so that their teeth will look straight. Putting children in beauty pageants, destroying a child self- esteem. They don’t have a choice if they want to do beauty pageants or not. A child should be allowed to be a little kid and go outside and play because a child will never get his or her childhood back.…

    • 825 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays

Related Topics