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Disaster Pageants
Beauty pageants featuring children have become increasingly popular over the last few years. In today society you have shows like Toddlers and Tiaras, and the spin off if this show, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. These shows show some of the glamorous side of beauty pageants. However there are many negative factors that they don't show you on tv. A ban of beauty pageants involving children or at least strict rules on what can and can't be done for pageants would greatly benefit children who are involved.
Pageants can have a negative effect on how children view themselves. Image and how you look are two main things that beauty pageants teach children. This can cause for a child to think they aren't pretty enough which allows them to have low self-esteem. This view of themselves can lead to problems, such as eating disorders, for children later on who think that a perfect body is the most important thing in the world. It is also difficult for children to view themselves as "pretty" when parents insist on heavy makeup, flipper (fake teeth), false eyelashes, and spray tans to be worn at pageants. With this comes problems on how children are viewed on stage. Children are viewed as mini adults and sex objects based on makeup, hair, and clothing that they wear. It is also said that girls can lose points if there dance moves and clothing aren't age appropriate. However, we know for a fact that this isn't true. For example, on an episode of Toddlers and Tiaras a five year old girl dressed as Daisy Duke, danced provocatively and still won the highest title at the pageant (Ultimate Grand Supreme). This then proves the point that pageants are sexualizing young girls.
Another problem with pageants is the ...

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