Beauty Pageants And Its Effects On Society

1960 WordsSep 28, 20158 Pages
Beauty pageants have been part of American culture since the early 1960’s. Since then it has exponentially grown and according to OccupyTheory.org, more than 250,000 children between the ages of two to eighteen participate in at least one pageant each year. Traditionally, these pageants are “glitzy” and are judged based on individuality in looks, capacity, poise, perfection, and confidence (Nussbaum.) To win such pageants, one must be perfect every category. There is never a solid reason for why mothers put their daughters through this, but some reasons may include to boost the girl’s self-esteem or to live the long-lived dream through them. Children participating in beauty pageants have negative effects on them because it heavily focuses on looks, deprives them from their childhood, and might result in mental disorders as adults. When it comes to these beauty pageants, they rarely focus on the talent of the person. It’s all about how they look because at the end, the prettiest contestant wins. According to Laura Anastasia, France’s Senate recently voted to ban beauty pageants for kids younger than sixteen because the competition focuses too much on appearance and is punishable by up to two years in prison. With that being said, that shows how much of a burden and harsh it can be on kids. When these young girls compete in beauty pageants it teaches them that beauty and physical perfection is the ultimate goal. In reality, such goals do not exist or cannot be achieved. Some
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