How Does Media Affect Child Beauty Pageants

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Media and Reality TV isn’t just affecting the older audience, it’s also affecting young girls. Fueled by reality TV, it is estimated that 250,000 girls participate in more than 5,000 beauty pageants each year (Hollandsworth 491). The popularity of beauty pageants for little girls has increased dramatically in the last 50 years due to many things including Disney. Disney has “reportedly made 4 billion dollars annually from its more than 26,000 princess related retail items” (492). It started in 1954 with the first televised broadcast of the Miss America Pageant, which was the first child beauty pageant (492). It was a very popular broadcast with over a million viewers (492). The pageant started a movement of child beauty pageants all over the
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