Beauty Pageant

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  • Topic: Beauty contest, Child beauty pageant, Childhood
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  • Published : January 8, 2013
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There is much controversy over young girls competing in beauty pageants, in America it is seen as a huge industry and many children are forced by their parents to compete. However with the trend of beauty pageants expanding around the globe lots of people have started to voice their opinions against young people being exposed. As it stands, only 25% of UK citizens agree with child beauty pageants this leaves 75% of people who do not think that it is right. In America the divide is much smaller, showing us a nation whose opinions are literally split down the middle, with 55% of American’s in disagreement with child beauty pageants and 45% who believe they are right. There are many people; such as feminists, certain religious believers, and protective parents, who are strongly against beauty pageants for young children as they believe the children are being exploited. They think that the pageants teach the children that the only way forward in life is to be beautiful. They are transformed into prizes; whereby they are shown off and seen from a young age as merely objects to admire. This is very shallow because no other aspects of these girls are judged apart from their looks; teaching them that nothing else matters. This may set them up to become obsessed with perfection their whole lives until they feel they can never look good enough to compete with the ever-rising bar of ‘what it is to look beautiful.’ What started off as a fun competition has begun spiralling into madness; prize-crazed parents have started to force their unwilling children to compete, doing anything they can; despite their child’s happiness and even health to win. It has been found that 1 out 5 child competitors actually have no interest in competing and have been made to by their parents. This shows that parents are projecting their own youth fantasies with their child puppets, making them prance around; whilst rapidly losing IQ points, in ridiculous and uncomfortable outfits. Therefore...
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