Child Beauty Pageants

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Susan Berg
Mr. Campbell
English 155
3 November 2011
Child Beauty Pageants Can Be Ugly
There are many pros and cons to entering beauty pageants. Most people feel that there is no reason to even enter a child into a beauty pageant at all. Some people believe that the mother of the child is trying to re-live her childhood through her child, and obtain glory in some other way. Then on the other hand, there are the many pageant moms who have fun and have the funds available to be able to take the pageant world by storm and enter all the categories necessary to win a crown for their child and have fun at the same time. Based on my own experiences with child beauty pageants, I feel that the time, effort, and costs associated with the pageant world are very stressful and time consuming, and my child had fun, but at the same time felt the pressure of having to feel that she needed to win to fit in with the other girls who may have been doing pageants their whole lives. According to, “The process through which a child becomes fit and worthy enough to enter a pageant is an absolutely rigorous one and teaches the child a lot. As the contestants progress towards the pageant and the crown, the whole experience is mesmerizing and can be life changing. On the other hand, it is hard work and leaves alone the physical demands; such a contest takes a toll on your mental state as well. That can be worse than the physical stress.” The stress of participating a pageant can be very stressful on kids. They have tendencies to not want to eat, sleep, and they get really cranky when something doesn’t go the way they want it to. The kids always feel that they have to win in order to make their parents happy, which is a very unhealthy thing for a child. In doing pageants with my daughter, I found out that she felt that she had to be perfect at everything she did in order to impress the judges because she thought it would make me happy. All I wanted for her was...
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