Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Toddlers and Tiaras...what's your opinion???

I just finished watching an episode of Toddlers and Tiaras on TLC. I've seen the previews before but never actually watched the whole show.
About 15 years ago, I remember my aunt entered my little cousin, then around 5 years old, into a local beauty pagent. She advanced and we all traveled out of town to a bigger show. I remember she had on a beautiful dress and her hair was blonde and curly. I don't recall any hair weaves, custom made sequined outfits or makeup bags jammed packed with cosmetics like what I saw on tv.
Do these little girls enjoy being made up like this by their parents? Personally, if you are forcing your child to smile, she is not having a good time! And the clothes some of these girls are wearing, I can't think of another word other than "skanky", don't get me wrong, some are wearing very tasteful fancy dresses, but others are wearing Daisy Dukes and knee-high boots!
I think the whole pagent thing has gone way to far, these children aren't being judged by their natural charm and beauty, they clearly aren't happy; they're live Barbie dolls being played with by their parents, perhaps these parents didn't have Barbies growing up, and they are filling a void.
To me, a children's beauty pagent should be about the natural, innocent charm and beauty of the child, like the one my family attended years ago, there is no need to stress these little girls out, or putting so much makeup on them even Tammy Fay would be jealous!
As I am writing this, there is another episode on, there is a 3 year old girl, freaking out because she can't find her lipstick! 3 years old! Unbelievable, I am glad I have boys!
I am sure I am not the only person who feels this way about these toddler parents, and to those of you who are for them, well that's fine, everyone has their own opinion, I am just putting mine in writing.

1 comment:

  1. I agree with you completely! I think it's creepy that these parents do this to their daughters and creepy that they are okay with strangers watching! I too am glad I don't have a daughter!