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Toddler Beauty Pageants And Child Botox

Updated on February 8, 2012
A small child made to look like an adult
A small child made to look like an adult | Source

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.

Yet another pageant entry
Yet another pageant entry | Source

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.

Before and after
Before and after | Source

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.

Touching up a toddler
Touching up a toddler | Source
Little Pageant Contestant
Little Pageant Contestant | Source

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.

Another Child Pageanteer
Another Child Pageanteer | Source

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    • terrektwo profile imageAUTHOR

      Candle Hour 

      6 years ago from North America

      Ana Teixeira - I think the mother in the video I included did get in trouble not long after by child services but not sure where they took it from there. Either way like you I was horrified to discover this issue and needed to bring it to the attention of others, if it makes an impact for change in society it is worth the time :) Thanks for sharing!

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      Ana Teixeira 

      6 years ago from Oporto, Porto, Portugal

      I have to admit this kind of behaviour is asolutely disgusting to me. Children should be children. playing princess and such is ok but BOTOX=???? is that even legal? can you even do that in the USA to a kid? If so... O M G! Time to wake up. these people have no idea how much they are hindering their child. very interesting hub and a very important issue to discuss. Fortunately here in Europe I dont' hear much about this kind of stuff yet... but it doesn't mean it doesn't exist but it may not be as extreme also because in most countries you cannot perform a "beauty" operation on a minor. oh well.. great hub.. voting up and SHARING!

    • terrektwo profile imageAUTHOR

      Candle Hour 

      6 years ago from North America

      Jennifer Madison - exactly my train of thought, some parents get as crazy about this as high society models. They will do anything to win the pageant.

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      Jennifer Madison 

      6 years ago from Lohmar

      This is very scary, where are the limits...?!

    • terrektwo profile imageAUTHOR

      Candle Hour 

      6 years ago from North America

      Michele Travis - it truly is an early start for low self esteem and bad self image that's for sure. Thanks for commenting.

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      Michele Travis 

      6 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      I always wonder what kinds of problems these children will have when they grow up. Will the starve themseves to look pretty, things like that.

    • terrektwo profile imageAUTHOR

      Candle Hour 

      6 years ago from North America

      lionel1 - yes it is pretty disturbing, thanks for reading.

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      lionel1 

      6 years ago

      terrektwo your hub post knocked me for six, I just didn't know that mothers would give botox to a child so young, madness.

      Major thanks for your hub post. Awesome.

    • terrektwo profile imageAUTHOR

      Candle Hour 

      6 years ago from North America

      true true, there are laws they just don't seem to be applied, but I think they woman injecting Botox did get her child taken away.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is so sad. There should be a law to protect these children from this abuse. Not all women should be Mothers..

    • terrektwo profile imageAUTHOR

      Candle Hour 

      6 years ago from North America

      Cardia yes they do almost take the look of dolls at that, just so much makeup I guess so unusual for a kid.

    • terrektwo profile imageAUTHOR

      Candle Hour 

      6 years ago from North America

      Auntie D I agree, they just don't know how to look after children if their pushing them into this sort of thing.

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      Cardia 

      6 years ago from Barbados.

      Great Hub.

      It's frightening how doll-like these children look!

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      Auntie D 

      6 years ago from California

      Some women shouldn't be mothers...

    • terrektwo profile imageAUTHOR

      Candle Hour 

      6 years ago from North America

      Yes, it is pretty crazy cmontijo can't understand how a mother can stab a needle right into her daughters face like that.

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      cmontijo 

      6 years ago from Somewhere in the World

      Wow using Botox, on your daughter just because you want her to win...that is so wrong I wouldn't do that... imagine. GreaHub vote UP

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