Adult beauty pageants began during the 1920s in order to give hotels more business. Later, in the 1960s, child beauty pageants came about. About forty years Participants compete in modeling sports wear and evening wear, performing a talent, and speaking publically.
Judged based on appearance, poise, perfection, and confidence. An ugly American subculture has been formed as a result of this emphasis on perfection (Giroux).
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1. ) Loss of self esteem 2.) Waste of money 3.) Teaches skewed values 4.) Creates unrealistic ideas for their futures Fake nails!!
Pageant industry abolishes respect for natural beauty, and replaces it with fake tans and false lashes. Being surrounded by a culture obsessed with perfection makes girls insecure. Not taking home a tiara makes the girls feel that they are not pretty enough, talented enough to satisfy the society that bred them.
Pageants are extremely expensive Entry fees at least $500 Travel costs upwards of $200 Outfits $700 Total = $1,400 Money that could be spent to establish a [savings plan] to help…alleviate the cost of a college education (Giroux).
Competitiveness / Cattiness Teaches the belief that beating every other person = success Greed Strive to attain the large amount of prize money Sexuality The industry sexualizes young girls at much too early an age Emphasizes sexuality while onstage to impress the judges
Within the world of pageantry girls can be successful due to their appearance Girls believe that this is transferrable later in life Some aspire to be models or actresses Get by on looks More often than not, this does not happen. Less than 1% of Americans are runway models Chances are slim
If Abby did child pageants… …she would grow to be insecure. If Maggie did child pageants… …she would have less money later in life. If Alexx did child pageants… …she would become overly competitive in the future. If Rachel did child pageants… …she may end up jobless.
Therefore, participation in child beauty pageants truly does corrupt the lives of young girls by lowering their self confidence, wasting their money, teaching them skewed values, and creating unrealistic goals for their futures.