Beauty Pageants and Kids: Research Paper

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Research Essay: Beauty Pageants and Self Esteem in Kids
Beauty pageants: A confidence boost for kids or setting kids up for disaster? Children competing in beauty pageants have a higher chance of eating disorders, mental health problems, and self esteem issues in the future. More then 2.5 million beauty pageants are held a year with over 3 million girls competing, 100 million being kids in the age range 4 weeks old to 18 years old. Nearly 6% of these girls will or are suffering from depression (Kelly, Christopher.). The question is why as a parent would you place your child into such a strong competition at such a young age? In other words, pageant kids are forced into aggressive competition and have to focus extremely on physical appearance, causing long-term effects on the young kids. Needless to say, the kids wear exploitive clothing, fake hair, teeth, and more make up then the average adult. For example: four-year-old Lindsay Jackson, a competitor on a hit TLC show Toddlers and Tiaras, shows off faux breasts and padding on her derriere to mimic Dolly Parton, and week later anther 3-year-old contestant named Paisley, wore a costume to represent Julia Roberts's streetwalker costume from Pretty Woman, complete with

a cutout dress and over-the-knee boots. Paisley won the pageant (Trigs, CharlotteWest, KayAradillas, Elaine.). Not only do some kids have poor fashion choices, behind the stage the kids are very demanding and have an attitude no child should have or be rewarded for (Trigs, CharlotteWest, KayAradillas, Elaine.).

Firstly, body experts warn that children competing in pageants become obsessed with appearance. The children obsession can promote health risks such as eating disorders, or may be so unhappy with their appearance and turn to plastic surgery in the future. Dr. Martina Cartwright, a psychologist and nutritionist says "You see a high rate of dissatisfaction with their looks when they are...
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