I know this is nothing new, but I saw this show on TLC about it when I was over my friend's house.
What do you think of mothers putting their young daughters in beauty pagents? is it harmless fun, or a detriment to a young girl's sense of self?
is it harmful to a growing girl's self-image or body-image because it teaches them at a young age that perfection, vanity and money is more important if you are a woman?
do you believe it robs them of a normal childhood where they will constantly be put in a competitive attitude against other women or people? are they being thrown into adult life too soon?
personally, it's not something i'd do to my daughter. It seems like alot of work, and many of the parents and grandparents in the show i've watched seemed to only want their children or grandchildren to "win" in these pagents because they would win cash or other prizes for themselves, or as one grandmother put it on the show, "grandma needs a new car!"
and, girls as young as two are being put in these pagents - they spray tan them, put lots and lots of makeup on them, fake eyelashes, fake hair, and put them through other "adult" beauty regmines.
Do you believe that parents/mothers who put their children in these pagents, are living through their children or using them to gain weath or status, or perhaps a unrealized dream of the mothers?
Do you feel that these pagents over-sexualize young girls?
Also, an article here.