Toddlers and Tiaras

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Screaming crowds (mostly hysterical mothers), make-up, hair extensions, teased hairstyles, clouds of hairspray, fake teeth, false eyelashes, spray tans, elegant costumes, weird postures, twitched face expressions, tiaras, trophies, money and more or less talent are the ingredients for the usual children beauty pageants. Those young girls that compete in these beauty contests are between ages 3 to 10 and sometimes even younger than 2 years old and usually have one only goal, get the money and get the tiara (tiara and/or trophy and/or ribbon). Of course, these insane mothers/fathers (so called parents) enter these little beauties not at their own request into these pageants. They fill in the applications on time, pay the participation fee, create or buy the outfit, establish the type of performance for the talent section, usually some song or dancing is a very popular talent to be displayed. The moms create and exercise the hairstyle and make-up, keep a strict rehearsal schedule, hire trainers if the mom herself cannot coach the whole thing, travel hundreds of miles with their children just to spend a weekend on an emotional roller coaster and hopefully win the competition. So why do these mothers put their young girls through this experience? Well, first of all, “For them to have fun and experience dress-up in a more complex environment.” Because she likes it and because she is beautiful, etc. Off the record more, the answers include the “For the money” and “Because she has to be number one. Anyway, for myself, the most feared answer to that question would be “Because I used to participate in such contests myself”, and no matter how that sentenced ends (I always won or I’ve never won, but I know she can do it!). What can a child learn by being a professional/serial beauty pageant contestant? Well, encouraging the sense of competition and having a hobby to be dedicated to is okay, spending time with mom is great, but when you become a...
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