Child Beauty Pageants
When a parent has a child that wants to participate in beauty pageants, it can be both a joyous and stressful event. It is
With her mother's encouragement, the child competed in beauty pageants around her hometown of Jacksonville, Fla., smiling
The French Senate voted this week to ban beauty pageants for children under 16 and to impose up to two years in prison and steep fines of up to $30,000 euros for adults who try to enter children into illegal pageants or run illegal/underground pageants themselves.
Instead of beauty pageants, why not try dancing or singing? Those activities allow a child to gain more self-esteem and even some discipline, but without reinforcing unattainable standards of beauty.
Heather Ryan, former manager of 34 beauty pageant clients (some of Toddlers & Tiaras fame) came out with a tell-all book, Unleashing a Momster: A Peek Behind the Curtain at the Tragic Life of America's Most Successful Child Pageant Star. She accurately describes it as a "Labor of Loath."
As a little girl, I aspired to be many things when I grew up, but a pageant queen was not on that list. That didn't stop me from being curious about those glamorous, world peace-loving, dazzling beauties. I talked to some current and former beauty pageant queens to learn more.
On an all-new episodes of "Toddlers & Tiaras" (Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on TLC), viewers will meet 22-month-old Ava. She is
"Our America with Lisa Ling" continues next week with an exploration of women who pursue a religious vocation, according
JonBenet Ramsey would be 21-years-old if she were alive today. Read more excerpts from the interview at ABC News. The full
There's only one glaring hitch to this argument, and that lies in the sexualization of young girls. Putting on makeup and
I've been studying child beauty pageants for over a decade and I do believe that shows like Toddlers & Tiaras have gone too far. Such young pageant contestants should not be featured on television.
Some see the show as exploitation of little girls, while others see it as an exposé of moms seeking validation through the beauty of their children.
What are the historical roots of "American-style" child beauty pageants? Somewhat ironically, the first event that would evolve into an "American style" child beauty pageant actually started in a Commonwealth country.