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Thoughts on the High Glitz: Glamourous or Heinous?

It is natural that every parent thinks her child is the most darling being on the planet. It is a special kind of mom, a stage mama, who takes it to the next level by entering her children into the world of pageants. The bouffant hairdos, expensive gowns, spray tans, and makeup kits are all part of the up-do that will turn her child into a star. And while many mommies are quick to judge these families for participating in the hoopla, there are clearly enough people to keep the industry ticking. Love it or hate it, TLC's Toddlers and Tiaras has a loyal viewership. And now there's a coffee table book on the market titled High Glitz. In it author Susan Anderson captures the transformation of child to beauty queen. It may make some stomachs turn while it provides inspiration to others. Will the text be like the show — a train wreck you just can't turn away from? Tell us below!

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ohhhmymeredith ohhhmymeredith 7 years
Totally makes me think of that one creepy guy in Little Miss Sunshine - at the end of Olive's dance he cheered way too enthusiastically. It's really funny in the movie. But there are real weirdos out there and that's scary.
PrincessLtrain PrincessLtrain 7 years
I'm not saying I would buy it, but if I saw it on display at Borders...
mama-Jane mama-Jane 7 years
I've seen this book all over the place, from Flavorwire to Italian Vogue. There's even a blog for it and a book trailer of the author, a pageant girl and Simon Doonan from Barneys NY at the launch party --
simplystella simplystella 7 years
There was a review about this book on Vogue Italia a few months ago, and the one photo shown was incredibly frightening. I wonder why a parent would do that to his daughter. Creepy. Susan Anderson is a great photographer btw, I guess the book is supposed to be a critic more than a celebration.
EvieJ EvieJ 7 years
I agree with the posters above who have said it's a pedophile's dream. To me, what's even worse than the girls getting spray tanned, highlighted, and made up to look 25 is some of the provocative dances they do. Honestly - who wants to see a 2-year old shaking her butt like a stripper? Oh, besides a pedo?
GMarie GMarie 7 years
I find it so a horrible, tragic train wreck.
Studio16 Studio16 7 years
Is it fascinating in a good way, or fascinating in a "car-wreck-you-can't-take-your-eyes-off-it" kind of way?
Beauty Beauty 7 years
This is an excellent and fascinating book. I saw a preview copy and was enthralled by the photography. Definitely look if you have the opportunity.
Pistil Pistil 7 years
so creepy it's fascinating
genesisrocks genesisrocks 7 years
Those kids are creepy. It's not their fault but god they wear more makeup than I do!
runningesq runningesq 7 years
Personally, I don't think little children are cute unless they are spray tanned with big fake eyelashes and creepy fake doll smiles.
Studio16 Studio16 7 years
Playboy for the pedo set... I personally think the way that beauty pageant girls (at least the little ones) are treated is creepy and horrific. Why not let your kid be a kid? Why does she need to go practice her routine for the show? It's a little bit ridiculous. Also has anyone ever noticed the moms on the TV shows about pageants? They're all kind of fat and frumpy and trashy. I think that they're living vicariously through their little girls.
AujahAcorn AujahAcorn 7 years
Its so odd to me... I have to look.
fashionista119 fashionista119 7 years
Parents should be ashamed for doing this to little girls. I think it's sickeing.
MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
I don't like it. I don't like watching those kids pinned down and spray tanned and covered in 5 pounds of makeup... I don't really like it when adults do it, but a child doesn't have any choice but to submit. If you watch those shows, the child may like the actual competing part but almost all of them cry and try to back out during the hours and hours of poking and proding and makeup. Not to mention that spending the money and time on these sorts of things really reinforces that looks are overly important.
jenni5 jenni5 7 years
That is like a pedophile's dream book. Yuck!
Love-and-Sex Love-and-Sex 7 years
I know it's not those poor children's fault, but they look demonic. Shame on any parent who would do this to this child. Super creepy.
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