In truth, I can't think of any way this would benefit a child's development. I see more pitfalls than benefits for the child because it places undue emphasis on appearance and superficial issues. The parent(s) seem to be driving these competitions, and I wonder what their perception may be. I hope this question elicits a response from a parent whose child competes in these contests. My daughter is 28 and it never occurred to either her mother or I to choose that path, but a neighbor (a "Hollywood Mom") made a different choice and relentlessly promoted her daughter into modeling and commercials. In truth, both mother and (unfortunately) the child became insufferable as time passed. Let children be children for as long as they can enjoy that.