Gobs of make-up, fancy expensive dresses, fake eye lashes, fake hair, spray tans, and perfect teeth are all the necessities for these pageants. Instead of playing dress up for fun, they are playing it to compete for money and for the tiara. Parents are turning their little girls into little dolls now. This can influence a child's self-esteem, body image, and self-worth. Being in beauty pageants can cause emotional problems, financial strain because they are expensive to be in them, external versus internal values such as being stressed about their looks instead, and that it sexualizes them. They are dressing provocatively for their age by wearing revealing outfits and learning poses that they shouldn't be doing.
I am going to include clips of actual child beauty pageants to show what really happens at them. Including pictures of these children dressed up will support this stance. Since I watched the Bethenny Show about the pageant mothers, I can show clips of the moms and the audience talking about this topics. I can add quotes from parents or people that are concerned about these pageants. I am going to find articles that talk about the negative consequences that these pageants cause and include snapshots of these articles. To support my opinion, I am going to show video clips of newscasts or people voicing their opinions about child pageants. Another aspect could be based on the show Toddlers & Tiaras on the network TLC. This show follows families and their child star-to-be as they search for the title, sparkly crowns, and cash. I can also include videos of beauty pageants back then since child beauty pageants started in the 1960's. Comparing what young children are supposed to be doing at their age to these children competing for the most beautiful child can show the differences between the same age group. I might also add in the fight to ban beauty pageants for children. In France, legislators have said that pageants promote hyper-sexualization, sexualize girls at too young of an age, and so they have banned them. It was promoted from a French Vogue magazine of a young girl modeling on it. However, in the United States, our system defers to parents to make the right decision for their child.