Toddlers And Tiaras Research Paper

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"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder." These famous words was said by Margaret Wolfe Hungerford in 1878. However, can the beholder's view change their opinion of what beauty really is? Beauty Pageants are seen as a sport, globally, but mostly in America. Since 1921, pageants have gained popularity, until it had hit its peak when it was turned into the hit reality TV show; "Toddlers and Tiaras". The show, "Toddlers and Tiaras", Is about children's beauty pageants, and what it is like behind the scenes. The cameras record every drama that happens off-stage, and sees how the pageants affect the family, the children, and their impact on daily life. From watching this show, and getting information about the effects of Children Pageants, I have…show more content…
However, gradually overtime, these contests have changed their look to the public eye to create more popularity. But, will some questions about the contestants' personality change the fact that girls and women are being judged on their looks? Pageants are made for all ages, but one I have been studying closely is 'Toddlers and Tiaras', in which a majority of the children have no choice in whether they enter or not, and is based purely on their looks, as they have no opinions yet on global issues. How does the beauty contest make them feel if they lose? Not good enough, not pretty enough, not reaching parents expectations? How can the girls be confident when they're only confident in frills and frocks, with caked make-up? From one episode I watched of 'Toddlers & Tiaras', a little girl named Emma (7 Years Old) says "I feel pretty now" after her hair and makeup has been put on. How does this make you feel? To know a little girl only feels 'pretty' when her face is caked with makeup, and her hair is solid with hairspray? These young, impressionable girls are taught superficial abilities, as if it will help them in later life. Because they are too young to understand the beauty concept, they believe beauty is only on the outside. Yet

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