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Child Beauty Pageants Essay

  • Submitted by: ckelsey
  • on October 5, 2011
  • Category: Social Issues
  • Length: 834 words

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Child Beauty Pageants

Child Beauty Pageants have been a controversial issue for many years, but

with the death of 6 year old Jon Benet Ramsey in 1996, a former Child Beauty Pageant

queen found murdered in her parent’s Boulder, Colorado, home this controversy

exploded.   The media went into a frenzy and gave many Americans their first look into

the world of Child Beauty Pageants.   There are approximately 250,000 children that

participate in pageants each year 100,000 of them are under the age of 12 (Child Beauty


According to (Key Events In The History of Child Beauty Pageants), Child

Beauty Pageants first came on the scene in 1961 with the little Miss America pageant,

held at Palisades Amusement Park in Bergen County, New Jersey.   In 1964 the pageant

had such an overwhelming outcome of more than 35,000 entrants they had to institute

age divisions.   Child Beauty Pageants started to become controversial with the

appearance of Glitz pageants in the 1980‘s. These pageants were primarily held in the

southern states.   Glitz Pageants emphasize the use of artificle means, such as elaborate

hair and makeup, false nails and eyelashes, flippers (fake teeth to fill in gaps) spray tans

and handmade, rhinestone-encrusted gowns (Key Events in the History of Child Beauty


Those opposed to Child Beauty Pageants state they are overly sexualized.  

Documentarian Jane Treays has called pageants “bizarre contests in which children are

painted and pompadour to look like mini-hookers.”   Critics also say that pageants instill

questionable values in children.   Child psychologist Elizabeth Dybell states that

“primping for pageants is not dress-up pretending to go to work like Mommy does or

vacuum the house like Mommy does.   It’s a very sexualized, sensual model of someone

who’s trying to get attention.”   Critics think parents put their children in harm’s way by...

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