Toddler Beauty Pageants And Child Botox
It is a growing thing for much of america to, for some reason place small children in beauty pageants. These parents sometimes go to extreme lengths to have their child win and this includes losing weight, forcing them through hours of training and yes even botox injections. These toddlers and young children are made go through pretty much the same highs and lows emotionally as adult contestants do to become the crowned victor but with the added pressure of having to live up to their parents expectations. Some of them along the way also develop incredibly stuck up attitudes or emotional problems over not winning. This is a general review of this practice.
Just like the adult contestants of such pageants these toddlers must model sportswear, swimwear and also evening wear. They are judged on talent, poise, capability, writing skills, confidence, etc. The rewards for some of the high level pageants include large cash prizes, scholarships to prestigious schools, etc. Along with the same intricacies involved in the pageants as in adult pageants comes the same problems however.
The most common answer given by parents as to why they place their daughter in such pageants is always to boost their self esteem. But one only need to think about the adult model world to see the most widely publicized cases of bulimia and anorexia. Many high profile models and others that have not been so lucky have openly admited to heavy self esteem issues from modeling and some have even had to seek therapy.
My personal take on many of the parents pushing their young children into these pageants is that they were either once themselves contestants in pageants themselves possibly winning possibly never quite measuring up. In either case there are a lot of issues. You can make your child think you don't feel that they are good enough and always need to measure up to everyone they interact with in life. You may be placing your own emotional baggage on your children simply because you never won or had little success. You may be simply be reliving your pageant life through them to satisfy yourself because you are to old and aging to much to continue to enter.
Either way if someone is entering a pageant they should be doing so when they are of age to make an intelligent decision to do so. I think little of pageants in general but if they are a young woman who makes that decision to enter for themselves I would support that. But a 3, 4, or 5 year old isn't at an age to make that kind of choice.
The media does little to discourage this type of behavior running stories on the news and sensationalizing such shows as Toddlers & Tiaras. Which although they often show the dark side of child pageants are making money from these shows and bringing much wider attention to this practice.
Many parents of these pageants have gone to horrible lengths to have their children win these pageants. One mother even managed to get botox from a doctor and would give her young daughter injections on her own. I have included a video of this story. Check it out if you wish.
It should also be noted that the mother in the video also performs bikini waxing on her 8-year old daughter to make sure she is able to wear the revealing swimwear and evening wear often used in these pageants. But common sense should tell anyone giving your children botox or otherwise disfiguring them in this way is wrong and should be considered child abuse.
I need to say that making them feel the pressure of what was once an adult contest is wrong as well. We as a society need to examine what causes the need to sexualize small children. Think about it.