They were judged on personality, but none spoke a word.” The emphasis on physical perfection may put young girls at risk for adult body dissatisfaction, and potentially eating disorders, Cartwright said.
She said she also worries that the competitions sexualize young girls by encouraging them to look like grown-ups.
Woman in beauty contests are judged largely on their physical appearances, rather than on any other qualities they might possess.
Though these pageants try to emphasize on the fact that it is not about physical beauty alone but also about one’s personality, the truth remains that most beauty pageants have as their criteria for participation a minimum height and weight requirement.
Cartwright, who attended two live tapings of “Toddlers and Tiaras” as part of her research, asserts that some pageant parents exhibit what she calls “princess by proxy,” a unique form of “achievement by proxy distortion” in which adults are driven primarily by the social or financial gains earned by their child’s accomplishments, regardless of risk involved for the child.
Cartwright focused specifically on the billion glitz pageant industry, which was first made known to many in 1995, following the death of 5-year-old beauty queen Jon-Benet Ramsey.“With the ‘pageant crack’ and caffeinated beverages, they’re feeding them pure sugar to keep them awake.The smell in the hallways was so sweet it was like being in a carnival.” Although Cartwright doesn’t advocate an outright ban on child pageants, she said she thinks it’s important for people to understand the motivation for some parents to enter their children in the competitions.“If we can understand why the parents are doing what they’re doing, then we can start addressing the problem,” she said.“And I think if the public understands why the parents are doing that then they won’t pay as much attention to these pageants.” She also emphasized the importance of teaching young children that self-esteem is not all about looks.A true woman is one who takes pride not just in her own achievements but in the achievements of her family as well.She laughs with you, she cries for you and when the whole world has turned its back on you she will still be standing right behind you.As child reality TV star Honey Boo Boo continues to capture the attention of audiences with her boisterous personality and her own show about life on the child beauty pageant circuit, a new paper published today in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry takes a critical look at the very types of pageants in which she and thousands of other children compete in America every year. Cartwright, a registered dietitian and adjunct professor in the University of Arizona’s department of nutritional sciences, suggests that high-glitz child pageants, largely popularized by the TLC hit reality show “Toddlers and Tiaras” and its spin-off “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” often have little to do with the children and much more to do with satisfying the needs of their parents.It further suggests that participation in such pageants can actually be harmful to children’s health and self-esteem.Beauty pageants are a consumerist celebration at best. A bulging one hundred and sixty billion dollar-a-year industry has to be fuelled and kept going.Women who watch the pageants worldwide, in order to attain the universal norms of beauty, feel compelled to become consumers of a whole range of products whose advertisements only reinforce the views of the pageant that “Success in life can be achieved through physical beauty alone.”The truth is that women are being “objectified” and like someone said “they are participating in their own objectification.”Is the woman who walks the ramp a true woman?? Is she someone who has the perfect hour glass figure created by strenuous exercise and diet and cellulite chiseling off? When she walks into a room, men feel compelled to stand.