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Grimm reality of pushy parents turning children's fairytales into horror stories

Once upon a time, grown-ups grew out of fairytales. These days, however, arrested development is the height of fashion. It is especially prevalent among apologists for children's beauty pageants, those creepy show-trials in which very young girls are tarted-up like trashy drag queens for the amusement of adults who should know better.

"Every girl dreams of being a princess for a day," is the standard line of defence.

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