Beauty Pageants Promote Self Esteem And Confidence

1783 Words Dec 17th, 2015 8 Pages
Since the introduction of the Miss America pageant in 1921, there have been thousands of organizations holding beauty pageants for children over the decades, but what are the various consequences that emerge from the children by allowing them to be judge for their beauty? From 2010 through 2013, the television network TLC captured the lives of frantic parents and their children competing in beauty pageants around the country though the show Toddlers and Tiaras. The show became widely infamous for portraying the “other side of America”. Many argue that the show promotes bad parenting and shame those who watch the show for entertainment purposes (Bindley). Although beauty pageants promote self-esteem and confidence, there are negative consequences that are a result from participating in this activity at a young age.
(I) The concept of beauty has been around for thousands of years although, it wasn’t until almost one hundred years ago that modern society was determined to judge one another’s, primarily women’s, beauty.
The first approach towards the concept of beauty pageants dates back to the Greek culture. One of their most acclaimed myths is that one of Paris and the three goddesses: Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite. The three goddesses were in dispute over who was the fairest of the them all and decided that Paris, a mortal, was going to settle the disagreement. Each goddess bribed him with riches and success in war but he chose Aphrodite because she promised him Helen of…
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