Imagine yourself, sixty foot burgundy curtains carefully draped in front of you. Your hair is in
perfect ringlets and your makeup is flawless, you look like a Barbie doll. You are wearing a gorgeous
dress that is cinched to your body and barely does up at the back. It's your turn. The curtains drop and a
roar hums over four-thousand people. Welcome to a beauty pageant. By definition, a beauty contest is a
competition in which young women are judged on how they look, and the winner becomes a beauty
queen. Some people try to convince the community that it is just an innocent quest for physical beauty.
As the majority of us see it, this parade of young female bodies is not entertaining at all. Every year
beauty pageants show off over 100,000 children under the age of twelve.
“There is no chance for a mistake.” stated by Annette Hill at her own beauty pageant. Usually
the mothers are the controlling authority over the competitors. The inexperienced mothers seem more
please with any award the child receives at the pageant and less critical of the child's mistakes on stage
contrary to the experienced moms, who seem more disappointed than their child to receive a lower-
classed award than imagined.
William Pinsof, a clinical psychologist and president of the Family Institute of Northwestern
University said, “Being a little Barbie doll says your body has to be a certain way and your hair has to
be a certain way. In girls particularly, this can unleash a whole complex of destructive self-experiences
that can lead to eating disorders and all kind of body distortions in terms of body image.” Travelling,
stress and competition are everyday aspects of an adult's life, but at the age of eight, stress about body
ideals, modelling, and trophies should not come into existence. Most stage mothers claim that their
child wanted to enter the pageant on her own. Does an eight-year-old girl know whats best...
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