Saturday 21 October 2017

Colette Browne: Child pageants are for parents, not for little girls

Protesters take part in an anti-pageant demonstration at a child beauty pageant in Melbourne, Australia
Protesters take part in an anti-pageant demonstration at a child beauty pageant in Melbourne, Australia

An American children's beauty pageant coming to Ireland next week bills itself as an innocuous way to turn little girls into a princess for a day but really it's the parents who are searching for a fairy tale.

There is something deeply creepy about beauty pageants for toddlers and young children in which they are doused in fake tan, slathered in make-up and paraded, for adults' amusement, in age-inappropriate costumes.

In fact, it's hard to listen to any kind of justification for such gross objectification and sexualisation of young children.

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