Child pageants aren’t for the children

Child pageants aren’t for the children

By Sierra Sherburn Posted April 28, 2010

Fake tans, big hair, and nails all before puberty. That is the basis of all child pageants. All little girls, or even boys, love to dress up when they are little. It is pretty amusing, but when they are enrolled in a pageant, it gets a bit carried away. Pageants suggest that it is never too soon to be sexy, and also hint that everyone has to look gorgeous and go to extremes to be perfect.

Nothing teaches kids that looks matter more than pageants. Everyone has caked on make-up and their spray tans done before they go out on stage. What is wrong with how the girls look already? If they are five-years-old, then they should look five-years-old, not twenty-five.

Pageant contestant from “Toddlers and Tiaras” on TLC./tlc.discovery.com
Pageant contestant from “Toddlers and Tiaras” on TLC./tlc.discovery.com

Another unsettling issue with pageants is how they encourage small children to be sexy. There is no other reason to have a swimsuit section if it was not intended for being sexy. The children are showing off their bodies. They parade around with a perky smile. That is not what a young child should be doing and getting judged on.

These little children that get put on display for pageants look nothing like how they naturally do, which suggests that they are not perfect the way they look already.

Children, who are very impressionable and still learning and figuring out things by what they go through and the type of environment they are surrounded in, should not be involved in pageants.

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