Exploratory Essay: Children's Beauty Pageants

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Aree Thompson

Issue Proposal
Professor Rechelle
English 1302
January 23, 2013

Children’s Beauty Pageants and
Modeling
Our society and others around the world have become absorbed with children’s pageants and modeling.

Some mothers have taken their very young daughters into

a world that used to be the playground for adults only.

Some psychologist

believe that that this could be a platform that these girls are not mature enough to handle and may scar them for life.
be seductive?

Are these young children being encouraged to

Will this behavior affect them psychologically for life?

Is society

promoting a negative self-image for the girls who are not the winners of these pageants?
I am interested in this issue because it affects me and every girl in one way or another. Growing up, my dad always told me that beauty is skin deep and that I need to develop my inward beauty such as being kind, honest and thoughtful of others.

I

am interested in children that are taught to rely sole on their outward appearance and what effects it will have on them as they grow into adulthood. strong and confident self-image is hard work and it is a process.

Developing a

When very young

children are face with the images of other young girls that are glamorous and sexy, it can become very confusing and damaging to her image.
I know that television shows such as “Toddlers Tierra’s” and “Honey Boo Boo” has invaded our conversations at the water coolers.

Honey Boo Boo is a show abo ut a

little girl who is a beauty pageant star and has become an instant hit on television. The most popular pageants have girls have girls at ages ranging from 4 -12 years old, wearing a lot of makeup, false lashes, and false nails and dressed very provocatively. According to Psychology Today, French Vogue had a photograph of a ten year old model lying in a sea of animal print, wearing a chest revealing gold dress, stilettos and heavy makeup.

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