The Ugly Side of Beauty Pageants

1365 WordsJul 10, 20186 Pages
Author Mary Howitt’s famous children’s rhyme says: “Will you walk into my parlor said the spider to the fly? ‘Tis the prettiest little parlor that ever you did spy. The way into my parlor is up a winding stair, and I’ve a many curious things to show when you are there.” Like the fly, young girls are lured into a fanciful web of illusion and false hope. Beauty pageants are a complex snare of mental and physical stress, financial burdens, time consuming hours, and unrealistic beauty features. Beauty pageants are unnecessary activities that possess a unique history. Atlantic City, New Jersey was always a popular vacation spot during the tourist season. Usually, the excursionists would disperse around Labor Day, making the business…show more content…
Pageant coaches are hired to design routines and perfect the child’s poise at costly prices (Lieberman). The contestant should be prepped with a spray tan, freshly done fake nails, and an award winning haircut. The cost of traveling to pageants can change depending on the location and dedication of the contestant. The Universal Royalty pageant has an entry fee of five hundred and forty-five dollars minimum (Nussbaum). While at the pageant the girls usually hire a make-up and hair artist to ensure a flawless look. A parent may spend between one hundred dollars to one thousand dollars on pageant clothing alone (Cromie). Shoes, socks, and accessories are other costs in the pageant world that constantly need replacing. Some contestants wear artificial teeth and spurious hair as an extra advantage if they have the money. Girls who are wealthier and have the most connections to the top coaches have the best chance to win beauty pageants. Being involved in pageants takes up a majority of the contestant’s time. Pageants are usually held over the whole course of a weekend. When a pageant is not on a weekend the competitor may be taken out of school or educational classes in order to attend the contest. Dedicated contestants may practice with or without a pageant coach for over seven hours a week (Nussbaum). The amount of time consumed by practices and pageants restrict the contestant from having a solid friendship with another, being
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