I came across a story today about TLC’s Toddlers and Tiaras. I don’t remember the original story, because I kind of got lost in related stories after that. The whole idea of putting children in pageants disgusts me, and the length that the parents go to is even more repulsive.
To get ready for the pageants, these children will get spray tans, have their eyebrows & legs waxed, get Botox injections, go on diets, and more. Many of these families do their own spray tanning and Botox injections. Makes me wonder if they even know what they’re injecting into their children when they get their “Botox” off of Ebay.
The amount of money spent on these pageants are outrageous! For the Little Miss Glitz pageant, dresses start at about $3,000. The cost for one pageant can easily exceed $15,000. The judges for these pageants make me mad. One pageant organizer made the remark that pageants are not for the unattractive or the poor. Can you imagine what these routines could do to these kids’ self-image in a few years?
These kids are adding padding for breasts and butts, adding fake eyelashes, fake teeth, fake hair, and crazy amounts of makeup. They no longer look like children.
I got caught up watching some of the episodes on YouTube, and couldn’t believe some of the dances they were doing and the encouragement from their mothers. With some of the kids, it was obvious that it was more about the mother’s interests than the child’s. The kids didn’t like the spray tans, hate hairspray, the fake hair hurt, and the waxing was brutal, but the mothers didn’t care.
There are stories about some of these girls, even 4-year-olds, going out to bars and nightclubs to dance and sing as part of publicity. They are given pixie sticks, caffeinated drinks, and energy drinks on pageant day to perk them up. One mother said that the pixie sticks don’t work for her 6-year-old, and that for one pageant she even tried 15 bags of pixie sticks!
My question is: Where the heck are their fathers?!?! Some of the fathers appear to be just as invested as the mothers, while others are against it but don’t appear to be doing anything to stop it. Why would a father allow his daughter, or son, to be a part of something like this? I don’t want my daughter doing any of these things. It’s one thing for her to dress up and play with makeup, but it’s a whole different thing when she’s waxing her eyebrows and getting spray tans at 5-years-old.
Some of these mothers seem to be consumed by this, yet say that this is just a small part of their child’s life. I say BULL! Their rooms are set up like museums, with the walls lined with trophies, crowns, and ribbons. Let the children enjoy their childhood. Why are these parents, and the pageant organizers, forcing children to sexualize themselves and do things that aren’t natural for children to do? Children do not have wrinkles that are in need of Botox injections. If an 8-year-old needs Botox, then I must look like a hideous beast with all my laugh lines!
What do you think of this? Should pageants like these exist? If there are going to be pageants for children, can’t we rule out all the superficial stuff and just let them appear naturally & age-appropriately?
Would you ever put your child into one of these pageants, and were you ever in pageants?
I wouldn’t mind seeing TLC’s Toddlers and Tiaras come off the air. I don’t know, but I believe it could be making it worse.