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Phil
McGraw told the parents of contestants “that they need to explain to their
children that pageants aren’t realities but fantasies.” This is true because
children can become centred on the thought of being perfect is all that matters
instead of focussing on their personality and future like college. The hosts
and parents of the contests thrive for perfection in their children but when
they grow up they will soon realise that it isn’t all about that. Life is about
being successful and achieving the best in life, not about being stereotypical
of what perfection is. It is certainly not super thin, face full of make-up and
the style of fashion, it’s about what’s inside which sometimes is portrayed
during beauty pageants although the main part of these contests are due to the
child’s appearance. The fun aspect is taken out in some occasions and the
competition can be taken very seriously. But this always doesn’t happen as some
contestants do take part just for the amusement and entertainment of dressing
up.

 

The
financial strain is an issue with these contests, especially to the parents. The
money can be better spent on necessities like going to college/university,
buying a house or just saving for the future. Almost 2.5 million girls
participate in more than 100,000 beauty pageants each year in America according
to “Statistic Brain”. The average cost of the dress that contestants wear are
$1,000 but could reach a figure such as $5,000. Plus entry fees, travel costs,
hair/make-up and accessories etc. The money that the winners receive is
outstanding amounts as the winner of Miss America pageant won $50,000 with
runners up getting $25,000-20,000. Money like this could be better spent by
organisations, for example helping the homeless and those in poverty. There are
still positives though; most winners donate to charity and use the money in beneficial
ways. Sometimes contestants do not spend much money on the dress and
accessories, but by public watching shows like “Toddlers and Tiaras” the
audience get the perspective of the large amount of money spent. Although
parents of the children like to spend their money on beauty pageants because
the result may be successful, what needs to be thought of is what will happen
in the long run. It can be a loss of money in their future that they wish they
had spent more wisely, but in reality will we know the reason why the parents
spend so much because it can’s just be so their child can feel perfect, can it?

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The child’s
confidence and self-esteem is effected majorly due to beauty pageants. This is
because of the harsh judgement of the contestants. The need to be thin is
classed as a negative with these contests. Starting from a very young age,
pageants encourage problems with body images. The parents of these children do
not help in some cases as they persuade them to go on diets and try to push
them to lose weight. Therefore eating disorders can be diagnosed and the fight
for perfection is heightened. A well-known example is when “Brooke Breedwell
told ABCs Good Morning America that pageants left her with stress, anxiety and
the feeling that she needed to be perfect all the time.” This girl was forced
into things like having to go on a tanning bed for twenty minutes, three times
a week. Health problems like skin cancer can be a risk of tanning beds.
According to Martina M. Cartwright’s scientific research statistics “In 2006,
40% if the children that participated in beauty pageants have problems
psychologically and the other 60% of children are unhappy during the pageant
itself. Cartwright herself spoke out and said “That women who have participated
in a beauty pageant in the past were unhappy with their bodies unlike women who
did not participate.” In a sense, it can ruin the childhood of contestants by
having them grow up thinking that perfection is all about how much make-up
someone wears rather than seeing the beauty inside everyone.

 

The
contestants are judged on many things including their appearance. The purpose
of the pageant is to make them feel loved and cute. The talent portion of the
competition is classed as irrelevant, compared to the judgement of the
appearance. The children are pressured to showcase themselves in order to get a
prize in the contest. Opinions from others can cause emotional damage which can
reflect the children’s self-esteem and opinion. The US programme “Toddlers and
Tiaras” is a prime example of how the children are expected to dress in
suggestive outfits and a lot of make-up, even to the extreme of false teeth
being used. Dr Robyn Silverman says “It hurries them along and asks them to
grow up and adhere to a standard that isn’t natural to them- that’s what
natural and beautiful is being older than they are.” Not all beauty pageants
are negative because when girls feel happy about themselves, it can be easier
to deal with challenges in their lives in years to come. But this single reason
is nothing compared to the downsides of beauty pageants; being pushed to be
perfect can cause the child to struggle with not being good enough to win which
I believe should not be the case.

 

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