What do you think?
Just harmless fun, a way for kids to earn money for college, great training for futures in modeling and build self-esteem
OR child abuse, a pre-cursor to eating disorders, getting them trained to dance in Vegas & just disturbing?
I find it disturbing and possibly damaging. I could go on and on about teaching children that their self-worth should NOT come from prostitute-level make-up and skanky clothing. The damaging effects of the stress, or heaven forbid the child be a winner every time, creating a child who finds their value COMPLETELY in the little plastic crowns the judges give them.
I had a normal friend, who had a normal daughter, who spent a lot of money to participate in these pageants, in the end they only did it for a few years. Their daughter went on to be in a made for TV movie and a model for Pottery Barn Kids. They have a nice chunk of change for her in a college fund. She is now slightly overweight, and I don't think they are doing it anymore. I have no idea how she really feels about it. It didn't seem to permanently damage her, but the friend was also not zealously trying to get her daughter into every pageant. What do you think?