Toddler And Tiaras

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Toddler and Tiaras Reality television shows have grown in interest over the past few years. Words cannot describe the opinions I have towards the television show “Toddlers and Tiaras”. It is a controversial reality show about child beauty pageants. It portrays moms, dads and their children, who are the contestants, as they prepare and compete for the pageants. I find it cruel for these parents to want their children to have fake teeth (flippers), fake tans, fake nails, and fake hair with highlights. I see the competitions as a way for mothers to compete against one another but also to live their life through their children. Some of the parents look like they can barely make ends meet financially each month. At first I thought the parents were making sacrifices in order to get future college scholarships, but soon found this was not the case. The winners get a meager $500 to $1000. The money put into these toddler pageants, even if you win, are never fully earned back. Entry fees can cost as much as $400 dollars and dress can sky rocket over $4000 (Myers). This does not include the fake hair, nails, teeth, tanning, and make up. These expenses are a hefty sum just for the child to enter the competition, but this does not include the cost of coaching experts hired by the parents. There is no true investment ever to be made. These children are being exploited internationally since this show has gained recognition, not only in the United States but also abroad. Little girls who are made to look glamorous, such as grown women, are prey to sexual predators who will stop at nothing to get what they want. Where I live, parents are discouraged from placing birth announcements in the local paper for fear of what could happen to their baby. Hospitals have alarm systems in their maternity centers to protect babies from being abducted. Everyday, children are kidnapped from
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