Children bring joy and youth to those that watch them. Child beauty pageants are meant to bring out those qualities in children and hopefully promote positive thinking for the rest of their life. Though there are positive aspects to this idea, some feel that beauty pageants destroy a child’s view on what is considered true beauty.
Children can have such fantastic ideas, but their minds can be easily influenced. It is no wonder why so many girls are involved in pageants enjoying a few days a year as a princess. Keeping in mind children can’t enter pageant without their parents’ permission. Ultimately it is the parent’s choice rather than the child’s. There have been newspapers that emphasize this point. It is called the phenomenon “princess by proxy,” explaining that the real attraction of pageants is for parents who can gain social status, self-esteem, and money when their children participate.
Pageants are focused focus primarily on appearance, attire, and perceived “cuteness.” Only some pageants have talent competition and often are a secondary component. Beauty pageants is that it teaches young children that there is value in focusing on their appearance. This can lead to significant body-image distortions, and adults who once participated in child beauty pageants may experience low self-esteem and poor body image.
A positive aspect is that being involved in beauty pageant is a way for girls to meet and interact with other girls. These girls are likely to compete with each other if their parents take them to the same local competitions. Another positive aspect is that beauty pageants can give girls a lesson in competition. Through the contest, girls can learn that if they want to achieve something, they will have to work for it. Pageants take dedication and discipline. They will have to understand the importance of winning and losing graciously.
Child beauty pageants give children time with their parents. From dress shopping to choosing make up colours to...