• I think it should be banned

    Because makeup shouldn,t be put on young kids because it can ruin there skin there just to young for it makeup should be for girls 12 and older because i think they look better with it on because there older and it is less likly to ruin there skin thanks.

  • No internal values

    Children may become more concerned with developing their looks than with developing their internal selves. Beauty pageants stress looks, glamour and, often, insulting outfits not suitable for their age. Children can easily believe after competing in pageants that they should concentrate too much on external and apparent aspects of beauty instead of developing internal values and qualities of caring for others and a love of learning.

  • They are very stupid

    They don't teach children or adults anything that you will ever need in life that will help you to live as long as you can. They are a big waste of money for people you could end up paying about 200 dollars for just one dress. In my opinion they just seem stupid.

  • What is it teaching girls?

    As girls get into their teens, they are often caring too much about how they look and how others view them. As a teenage girl myself, I understand this. Teenage girls strive to have people love them because of the way they look. When you're a child, you can look however you want to. Pageants just add to the way a girl thinks the ideal look should be. It makes girls think more about the kind of person they outside than inside. Children who compete in pageants measure their self-worth by their looks. This is what pageants teach girls: that the way they look is more important than their personality, the way they are inside.

  • They should be banned.

    It teaches and promotes outward beauty should be valued more than anything else. Children are judged by appearance, and although many people say that it teaches kids stage presence and increases their self esteem, many children who do not win or do not want to be there are left with bad experience. To continue, a majority of children in the pageants do not want to be there. Kids are seen screaming and crying, yet the parents are forcing them to be there. They are being treated like objects that their parents use to either win or fulfill some other desire, and frankly it is sickening.

  • It is not worth it

    Children being forced to participate in beauty pageants are usually faced with future problems, not only physically but mentally. These young girls are taught that its all about the looks and not their initial personality. There are honestly so much reasons why this phenomena is wrong. Here is a few sites to back up my argument:

  • They should be banned.

    Beauty pageants are cruel to smaller children.
    There are kids in pageants that aren’t even old enough to choose.
    It teaches kids that in order to be a winner you must be fake.
    It teaches kids that looks are more important than being yourself
    These kids are being all dolled up to win trophies and crowns.
    Some kids that we’ve seen on Toddlers and Tiaras throw fits about having to compete.
    Some kids don’t even want to compete. They just want to play. Most kids are doing it because their parents want them to.
    This is a form of child abuse, you see kids screaming and crying when they have to get ready for a pageant.

  • Why were they ever created?!

    I recently saw a TV show featuring beauty pageants for children and I couldn't believe my eyes! It was clear that none of the children were actually enjoying the competition but doing what their mothers were pressuring them to do. When you're just 3 years old, of course you look up to your mother for guidance but those mothers that treat their kids like living dolls! It shocked me to see how one mother treated her 23-month old daughter when everything didn't go exactly according to plan. I'm not familiar with the titles they give on these competitions but when the little girl was crowned "princess", the mother freaked out and called her a loser, broke her trophy and stormed out. I don't even know what to say, besides that such people should be jailed for child abuse. Disgusting.

  • Where's the Fun?

    A child should only have one worry as a child and that is to have no worries. They should have time in their day to play, and eat whatever they want to eat. They have their whole life to worry but as a child it's their chance to do whatever they'd like! No one knows what tomorrow holds so don't take away a child's life as a child.

  • Mothers are controlling them

    The mothers are just doing it to make up for what they have lost as a child. Over all I think it just ruins a child as they will soon have nightmares, because they had a horrible childhood and couldn't act like a child. They had to have a strict diet and always look beautiful

  • Beauty pageants should be banned

    Yes they should because beauty pageants make little girls feel good about themselves and it makes them think that they can do anything they want because when they win they feel like the queen so they get hot headed and it messes with their minds and the parents allow them to do whatever they want, and they become spoiled little brats and think they can get everything that they want.

  • Childhood Beauty Pageants Do have Issues but should not be banned.

    One of the largest issues that deals with Child hood beauty pageants is the problem of little children being forced to be dressed in sexualising costumes, that ruins their innocence and such. However i would like to point out that a childhood beauty pageant ranges til the age of 18 years old. A 18 year old girl is allowed to choose to do a beauty pageant and if she wishes to wear something revealing. By placing all the problems of childhood beauty pageants is seen in a brief window of a child's younger years.

    What will we achieve by banning the pageants other than a huge amount of protest and disapproval? Just because showing off may not be the best thing in the world why should we ban it? It is wrong to ban something because people look up to it and think they are not as good. Most people are intelligent enough to not do crazy things when they see someone prettier than them. These shows are for entertainment anyway. It is crazy to get rid of things because some people dislike them. People that don’t like the pageants shouldn’t watch them and shouldn’t ruin the fun for others. If people want to show off and get money for it, why shouldn’t they? In the professional pageants showing off is another form of advertising anyway. We shouldn’t ban something while we still encourage other things such as the tour de France, boxing and some legal drugs.

    Many people enjoy watching and participating in beauty pageants. Just because some people dislike them doesn’t mean we should eradicate all pageants of all types forever. In fact lots of people like them and that is why we have them. The competitors have fun hearing the audience applaud, dressing up, showing off and hearing that they are one of the prettiest, most talented or best dressed competitors. Most of the prizes for beauty pageants are scholarships or savings for the future by banning the pageants we are depriving the talented winners of a decent prize.

    Beauty pageants do not involve illegal activities, unlike sports. In some sports athletes use illegal drugs to help them perform better and win. We do not ban the Tour de France even when certain people use illegal stimulants. Eddy Merks, a famous cyclist, who was a winner of the tour de France had been caught using illegal drugs 5 times, in fact huge amounts of competitors have been found doping! Do I have to even have to mention Lance Armstrong? So why should we ban beauty pageants if we don’t ban things such as the tour de France? Why should it be illegal to dress up and compete to see who looks better? It is not illegal to have or use makeup, lipstick, eyelash thickener, and fake tans.

  • We must ban other things first!

    We haven't banned smoking which causes 443,000 deaths a year. We haven't banned Ice Hockey, American Football, Arrow Roulette and many others. SO WHY ARE YOU TELLING US TO BAN BEAUTY PAGEANTS FOR GOODNESS SAKE!?! I know they are horrible but we need to ban other things first. Believe me.

  • Why should we ban beauty pageants when there are more important matters?

    I personally am not a fan of beauty patents, but I am not against them. Why should we ban beauty pageants when we haven't banned smoking yet? If you smoke, you can die! Also, why ban this when there are things like boxing that can give you bad head injuries? Boxing isn't banned!

  • We must show good sportsmanship

    My sister always wins at her pageants because she knows how to show good sportsmanship for example: when we went to orange park mall near Jacksonville, FL everyone won and that is good and then at the end of the pageant my sister showed good sportsmanship by saying good job

  • Kids win scholarships

    Kids can win scholarships by doing beauty pageants. Some people might not be as smart as others, and might not have enough money to be sent to a school. I understand that pageants can cost a lot of money to prepare for, but they don’t have to. It’s as simple as getting together a nice dress from your wardrobe and practising your talent. You don’t need heaps of makeup and a spray tan, you don’t need a talent and voice coach to help you prepare. You can do it all yourself. And imagine how happy and excited you would be if you won a scholarship to your dream school, one you’ve been wishing to go since you heard about it. You will go and get a good education, have fun, make heaps of friends. You will be much better off in life. And all because of a single beauty pageant! Beauty Pageants should not be banned!

  • Helps them get hotter

    It's like taking away a sport from little girls. It helps them prepare for possible job when they get older. Maybe they will be a model, this will help them prepare and practice for that. It also takes away from all the people that work to do these. More jobs getting taking away. Also they get hotter.

  • Beauty pageants should not be banned!!!

    Studies have shown that competing in a beauty pageant is a great way for young women to develop themselves, and their career for the future. Competing in a beauty pageant can also increase someone’s confidence. Many people look down on beauty pageants because it can be degrading for young women. But that is far from the truth. Many young women who compete in pageants do compete, to win scholarship money or to be a role model for other young ladies. It is a great way to display talents that young women have been holding in, waiting to show everyone. Most women lose confidence by judging the way they look. A beauty pageant can defeat that bad feeling that young women have towards themselves for the way they look.

  • Depends On The Child

    For a child, it's hard to be in a beauty pageant. It could cause them stress, pressure, breakdowns, pain, etc. But it also depends on the child, and the "state" their in. Like if they're healthy for the pageant, or they have the right characteristics to adapt to such an environment. Some children don't mind all the attention, or getting loudly ordered all the time. But others get hurt easily, and don't do well with too much pressure, or getting ordered around, and their hair being pulled, just to look pretty.
    The bad part to child beauty pageants, is that they can start to think that they're not good enough with pretty outfits or makeup. That characteristic can go with them to a higher age. Even to an adult. It can take down their self-esteem, and the good character inside them. Plus, it can teach them to take down other people, who don't look like a pretty little pageant girl.
    Good side, is that they can have fun, and get to show off what they know, and impress their guardians who got them started with the pageants. They can win little crowns and collectibles, and-once again-have some fun.

  • Why would we ban it?

    It wouldn't be constitutional to ban it. We get mad if anyone tells us how to raise our children, why do we think it is fine for us to tell other people how to raise their children? I don't think that it is any worse than sports are for children.

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