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Tuesday, 5 January 2010


Little Miss Perfect! Have you watched the show? I watched two shows last night for the first time, and frankly I found them appalling. The shows were reruns, the new season hasn't started yet, but it gave me an opportunity to decide whether or not I would watch the new season. Little Miss Perfect is the typical pomp and pageantry where little girls are made up like grown women, wearing hair extensions and $500 - $1000.00 dresses and outfits. It made me think of JonBenet Ramsey. Maybe that's why I have a problem with it.

One of the shows that I watched featured a mother who was upset because she had to explain to her daughter why the judges didn't think she was pretty enough to win. Here's the story. The little girl's name is Shelby. Shelby's parents live in Florida where they bred and raise reptiles. They didn't appear to have much money or they are extremely budget conscious, which was surprising because everybody knows that pageants are an expensive business.

During a segment of the pageant, the girls are suppose to wear an outfit that will "Wow" the judges. Shelby's mother purchased her daughter's "Wow" outfit from the local Goodwill Store. Once she got it home, she realized that it would not be good enough for the pageant so she asked her husband for advice. Dad suggested that Shelby pose with her pet Python on stage. The mom decides to put together a pair of khaki shorts and irons the letters "Jr. Zoo Keeper" on the shirt for the competition. The python would be the attraction rather than the outfit. I have to give mom and dad credit for creativity. I would have been Wowed by a little girl with a python hanging around her neck. One of the judges thought that it was a great routine and loved it. Another judge felt the python was used because she didn't have anything else, i.e. talent.

Shelby's other dresses and outfits for the pageant were made at home by her mother as well. She was adorable, but she was no match for little girls whose moms have spent hundreds of dollars on dresses, hair extensions, professional make up artists, tanning sessions etc. Why would you expose your daughter to this kind of competition and than be upset when they don't win? I understand that every mother wants opportunities for their daughter and little girls especially should be taught that beauty is skin deep, but you don't teach this lesson in the beauty pageant world. Mothers are serious about their daughters winning and they mean business. There is no expense spared, and you have to be able to compete on that level. Shelby's mother stated that she put her in the pageant to win money for her college fund. She didn't want her working in a convenience store when she grows up.

I didn't place my daughter in pageants although I believe she could have won if I had taken that route. She choose ballet and cheer leading instead and believe me that world was bad enough. I spent thousands of dollars on ballet lessons and costumes. I actually felt sorry for Shelby's mom, but there was a moment when I just wanted to slap her and ask what she was thinking. Why would you go up against these women and expose your daughter to this? She was clearly out of element, and now you're standing here crying because you have to explain why she didn't win. Wake up honey and get real. The pageant is called Little Miss Perfect. Next time do your home work before you enter your daughter into this type of pageant.

Anyway I won't be watching the next season's shows. These two episodes were enough for me. I hope Shelby's mother recovers from the harsh reality of the pageant world and Shelby finds a place where she's comfortable. She did a great job.
What's your opinion of beauty pageants for children?


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