Child Beauty Pageants – The Worst Invention Ever?
WE here in Ireland have a sort of natural beauty, if the tales are to be believed. We are unique in the way we look and you could probably tell who the Irish person was in a room full of people. It’s this belief that maybe encourages the hatred of child beauty pageants. Is it just me that doesn’t like/watch them? I strongly believe I’m not the only one. If you were around the internet at all during the week you will have seen the story of a mother who dressed her daughter in a Hooters outfit for a recent contest. For those who haven’t seen, you can read it here. What is wrong with people? A Hooters outfit! The child is four years old.
But we all know how insane these mothers get. I must admit I’ve never been able to sit down and watch an episode of those child beauty pageants for fear that I will throw something at my TV. From what I can gather, it’s got very little to do with the child and everything to do with the mother. They tend to be the ones spearheading their children into competing out of some residual regret because they never made it that far. They live their dreams through their children. How is this allowed?
There was, of course, all that media uproar last September when the Universal Royalty Pageant group visited Ireland and had planned to hold a beauty pageant here. At the time there was a large group of people who disagreed with this and in the end their original venue pulled out of the deal and they had to hastily find a new venue up in Monaghan, which they did hours before the event was meant to happen. It resulted in only half the planned 75 contestants took part. These contestants were from the age of 18 months to 14 years old. Yes, 18 months. Why would you subject your child to something like this at 18 months old?
This media circus ended with the Irish government putting through legislation which banned beauty pageants in Ireland. They may not do much else but I, for one, am happy they managed to get this right. Although in France, if you enter a child under 16 in to a beauty pageant you run the risk of incurring a €30k fine and up to two years in prison. Maybe the Government would do well to think along those lines.
My issue with child pageants is that children as young as two or three are being sexualised far too young. It’s something that we have to be very careful about. It may end up having a deep impact on them as adults, though the Americans can’t see that far ahead in the future. But maybe Irish society is a little bit more clever? Only time will tell.
Photos c/o fashionfave.com, dailymail.co.uk