Child beauty pageants - innocent dressing up or sexualizing young girls? The arguments for and against
By Rachael Bletchly , 5 Sep 2012 00:00
We asked the mum of pageant contest daughters and a child development expert to each tell us what they think
Our story about the Miss Glitz Sparkle 2012 contest, featuring a 20-month-old in a tiny swimming costume, provoked anger from child welfare charities yesterday.
Kidscape claims such events sexualise young girls, but organisers insist they are safe from perverts.
We asked the mum of pageant contest daughters and a child development expert to each tell us what they think.
For: 'Our twins love putting on the glitz'
Personal assistant Roxanne Moss, 24, and partner Simon, 28, from Southampton entered six-year- old twins Stella and Starr in the Miss Glitz Sparkle contest
I got really angry when I saw the way the pageant was portrayed and the way mums like me are criticised.
The experts say child beauty pageants sexualise children and make them grow up before their time. That’s rubbish.
All little girls like to dress up and experiment with make-up. I played with my mum’s when I was little and Stella and Starr see me putting make-up on, so it’s natural they’re curious.
I wouldn’t let them go out to the shops plastered in make-up and I won’t let them have a fake tan until they are at least 16.
This was Stella and Starr’s second pageant and they loved it and want to do more.
I don’t have any problem with my girls dressing up and wearing make-up in a secure environment like this.
I do think children of 20 months are too young to be taking part and, at first, I had a problem with the swimwear round. But then I thought, ‘What’s the difference between that and my child going to a local park wearing a bikini?’
I went to America and saw a pageant. The contestants there had fake hair, fake eyelashes, even fake teeth and loads of elaborate...