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What's Your Take on Beauty Pageants for Girls?

What's Your Take on Beauty Pageants for Girls?

GiggleSugar and I have been talking about Living Dolls, a 2001 documentary about beauty pageants for little girls. If you haven't seen it, do yourself a favor and check it out. It's absolutely fascinating. I've never been a big fan of beauty pageants in general, but when it comes to children, the whole concept creeps me out. Some people think it helps girls develop talents, though, and a lot of them seem to enjoy being dolled up. What do you think about beauty pageants for girls?

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pageant-girl pageant-girl 8 years
I was a pageant girl for as long as I can remember. The smile I put on then, is no different than the smile I see on the faces of phony people, I see today. I learned a lot more during my young tender years about the masks people wear, more than anyone could imagine. The lessons learned are carried with me through to adulthood. I love to see the fake, phony, plastic woman today who are so concerned about their image, criticize pageants as they were never given the opportunity to enter thanks to the woman's movement. I enjoyed being made up to look to like a young woman when I was 3. I enjoy being made up today to look the best I can and I will enjoy making myself up when I am older to look younger. Pageants at an early age, helped me to prepare for the challenges put forth in life. I learned when it comes to woman; trust no one! They will lie, cheat and mask their thoughts. I learned to see past the masks, refuse their gossip and lies and never let them borrow clothes. Some girls finest hour is when they are young. They may never get the chance to compete as they get older. Faces change, bodies fill, etc. I have never seen an ugly little girl. I have seen a lot of ugly mothers. Both physically and spiritually. Look in the mirror before you criticize an entire program designed toward self esteem, trashed by those that have not experienced it. Hippocrates who think they have all the answers are the first to put braces on their kids, get nose jobs, fake boobs and buy wrinkle cream or want tucks. Let the girls learn how to be good at applying make up, walking and standing upright. Let them overcome stage fright and public speaking by age 4. Statistics prove pedophiles are more likely to be in your own family. They don't need pageants. They prey on the less savvy. My mom was very careful guarding me against any predator and my dad would have killed any one that tried. I am confident in who I am today thanks to where I came from and the experiences that brought me here. I may not have won a lot of the pageants but I sure did enjoy them. My heart goes out to all of you who were raised by mothers who never allowed you to experience life to the fullest. I did not set out to change anyone's opinion, I simply wanted to sound off. When there are too many generations under the same roof, there is no room for creativity. Let your children explore.
phree2b phree2b 9 years
Sorry, I got too afraid..
phree2b phree2b 9 years
Oh No! This Too Scarey and makes me Sad..
phree2b phree2b 9 years
Oh No! That picture, the whole thing. It's Just Too Jon Benet' Ramsey. It scares me and makes me sad..
ncsouthpaw ncsouthpaw 9 years
I would never let my kid enter a pageant like that. I find them very repulsing
sarasonne sarasonne 9 years
I disagree with the pagents that are for little girls. I find it hard to believe that someone would grow into a well adjusted woman if her child hood is all about the fake-ness of this stuff. Maybe if there was an age limit like 16?
sarah-holt sarah-holt 9 years
I don't know for depends on how serious the mothers take it. I think it should be fun for the girls, but it can become overly ridiculous.
PrincessTracy PrincessTracy 9 years
I think they should wait until the kids are older...and maybe CHOOSE to do that vs. being FORCED.
amandachalynn amandachalynn 9 years
I was in pageants as a little girl, and I moved on to modeling at age 12. I quit modeling when I got married at 20. You grow up so much faster in the beauty industry than any kid should. When I got engaged, it seemed like the normal, next step in my life, because I had already lived so much. I'd been to millions of parties, already made countless mistakes. I'm 23 and I always have people tell me they think I'm 30 because of the way I present myself. I'm now 45lbs heavier than I was when I was modeling, and I'm a size 8. I'm ashamed to say that I have horible self esteem issues. Everytime I walk into a room I assume that people are whispering about how fat I am. I'm 5'10 and a size 8! I'm a normal, healthy size! This is what pageants and modeling really do to women. They dehumanize you to the point that you age faster than you really should. I highly reccomend against it.
princessgroban82 princessgroban82 9 years
There something wrong with the world when we allow our young girls to get a spray tan and their teeth whitened. Kids should be kids. We shouldn't allow them to grow up faster than they have to.
ayzhan ayzhan 9 years
I think such little children really shouldn't compete for beauty purposes. Think about their still-developing self esteem. With the types of things said to them during the process by other girls, and the stuff their parents force them into doing or believing, it really doesn't help them in the future. I have nothing against glamor in any way, but seriously five-year-olds should not be judged on their beauty. What kind of cruelty is that? Plus I'm sure they may enjoy all the attention, but makeup is meant for people who've at least reached puberty. It's awful that such already lively complexions and gorgeous hair have to be plastered in products to reach society's "ideal." I looooove runway, fashion, makeup -- the whole lot, but it should be left for those of a more mature age. Little girls have fragile minds and any negative comments will haunt them for their life. They're too easily influenced.
aimeelove aimeelove 9 years
I saw that documentary. I'm not totally against them, but I do think that some people just take it out of proportion. The moms shouldn't force their daughters to do it if they don't want to, and they shouldn't make them feel bad if they lose. It should just be a fun thing to do for a while...If I had a daughter I wouldn't put her in a pageant, but like I said I'm not completely against them.
qbert qbert 9 years
Hate it. I will never let my daughter enter even if she begs. I'm surprised these mothers aren't getting plastic surgery for their daughters.
Hannah-123 Hannah-123 9 years
i thaink little kids should not worry how they look and just have fun!(they put to much make up on the kids!)
bbvFAN112 bbvFAN112 9 years
its ok i guess.....i know a little girl who likes them but most of the time there parents push them into it.
swtsunkisses88 swtsunkisses88 9 years
I think at that age it will give the girl a false impression of what can and cannot be considered beautiful. Not to mention, I dont think Id ever want my child to wear fake teeth just because hers havent grown in yet or are crooked.
GiggleSugar GiggleSugar 9 years
Poor little Swan (the little girl in Living Dolls). I hope she's okay now! I really feel for these sweet girls. They deserve to know that life is more than being beautiful...
Lippy Lippy 9 years
Beauty pageants in general are awful because they are rewarding you for physical beauty, which is just an accident of birth, not a talent...AND kiddie pageants are the worst for all the reasons stated above
Lilhighlander Lilhighlander 9 years
They give me the creeps. Let little girls be little girls.
keiraz keiraz 9 years
why not girls are cute and it's entertaining for them
DeAnnah DeAnnah 9 years
i'm your typical (almost stereotypical) southern gal, so i've done plenty of pageants, and alot when i was younger. for me, it was a wonderful experience. it gave me self esteem and a sense of who i was at an early age. but of course, my mother was very laid back about it. i'm a pageant coach now, and you see that the way parents act really is what ultimately effects the girls, not the actual pageant.
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