The Benefits of Beauty Pageants for Girls

835 Words Feb 1st, 2018 3 Pages
People who don't have it think beauty is a blessing, but actually it sets you apart.” Child beauty contests held for young girls are beneficial to their self-esteem because it encourages children to have confidence in their selves and it provides them a safe place to dress up and perform for audiences outside of their home while making new friends in the process. Beauty pageants were first held in 1839 during the Eglinton Tournament, which was a re-enactment of a medieval dispute that was held in Scotland. Georgiana Seymour, Duchess of Somerset, the wife of Edward Seymour, 12th Duke of Somerset and sister of Caroline Norton, was the winner of the pageant and she was labeled as the “Queen of Beauty”.
Beauty pageants became even more popular during the 1880s. In 1888, the title of “beauty queen” was given to an 18 year old Creole contestant at a pageant in Spa, Belgium. Each contest had to provide a photograph and a short description of themselves to even be eligible to compete, and a final selection of 21 girls was judged by a formal panel.
Beauty contests can be a great experience for young girls. Beauty pageants and self-image are one in the same. The beauty contest helps teach the girls how to be comfortable in front of strangers, increasing their self-confidence. Beauty contests also strengthen the bonds between the pageant mothers. If parents have the…
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