Beauty Pageants

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6 percent of beauty pageant girls have suffered from depression. This does not seem like a lot, but 2.5 million girls compete in a beauty pageant. (“Women’s news Columbus dispatch”) People say child beauty pageants make children grow up faster before their time. Others say that all little girls like to dress up and experiment with make-up. That they are curious and want to learn what it is and why should they use it. (Malmsio Helene) I believe that child beauty pageants do make children grow up faster because they wear too much make-up and how they have to wear short dresses that look more for adults, not children. Also the routines they have to do which sometimes they take it to the extreme. Young girls' beauty pageants…show more content…
(American Psychological Association) There was a study of 150,000 children aged 10 to 15 and they found that 32 percent worried about their bodies, "half of girls aged eight to 12 want to look like the women they see in the media and six out of 10 thought they'd be happier if they were thinner". (BBC News) Competing in pageants often take away from family life, and leaves little time for young girls to simply act their age. (Maliakal, Lalan) Some family split because of the financial costs and because there are absences from home and family. (“The real hidden cause”) The parents also sometimes favor their pageant children over their other children because they put all their attention to them and focus on them. They forget that they have other children too. (Catwright, Martina) Also, the time spent on pageants gives the girls no time to be a kid. They do not have time to go place to have fun, be with friends, or just relax and watch television or sleep. They put all their time in practicing, going to get their nails done, to go get a tan. Places where kids should not even go to because they do not need it. (Maliakal, Lalan) The girl who wins the beauty pageant is given a scholarship, which helps pay for the tuition of the girl’s school year. Most beauty pageants also help towards community service and help in making funds for charity. (Mads, Maddy) It might be fun and yes you do win

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