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Monday, June 18, 2012

Beauty At What Price.... Sparkle Babies?

Our America With Lisa Lang : Sparkle Babies
I've always been fascinated with the glitz & glam of beauty pageants. This lifestyle gives young girls, and women a boost of confidence, and the best way to put forth their talent and beauty; for either publicity, scholarships, fame, or just for fun.

What seven year old wouldn't want to sign up, for the chance to play dress up?
Albeit, what about when it's young girls dressed up in high heels, packed on make-up, small bikini, and tanning.
Is this going to far?
"Toddlers in Tiaras" has gotten a lot of scrutiny, with everyone pointing fingers at the parents, but who can we really blame? the parents? or just society in general?

After all, all you have to do is turn on the television, or look at magazine to tell us what is considered "beautiful", and what young girl wouldn't aim for that? 

Lisa Lang goes deeper than the surface. 
What & why this is happening, with an open mind.

Abigail Breslin as Olive Hover
In "Little Miss Sunshine"
After watching this episode I thought about "Little Miss Sunshine" film, and I remembered  how Olive Hover (Abigail Breslin) walked into the hotel, and for the first time, and noticed how all dolled up the girls her age were, and actually feeling intimidated. 
And, I thought "Does this really help these girls" learning to be obsessed with their beauty? Is this really healthy?
Are they teaching these young girls what a woman should be, and what a woman should look like to be accepted? But, without the pageants would young girls get this from the media anyway?

Throughout, this episode Lisa Lang interviewed pageants parents, & their children. 
You can sense that, some of the contestants parents are feeding their own insecurities through their children pageantry, and some that truly just want their kids to have fun, and be happy.
Lisa Lang Interviewing one of the
Pageant contestants  

You see, and feel the heat of the pageant life, and why many find these pageants to be distasteful.
Either the young contestants are trying to gain confidence, or their parents are on a quest for perfection.

The last Interview was with Mickie Wood (the mother of the popular pageant star Eden Wood) who describe the world in perfect detail saying something like " we live in a superficial world, and that's the way it is". I totally agree.
I see both sides of the argument; the criticisms, and why some parents would want their children to perform in pageants.

As Frank Ginsberg ( Steve Carell) would say "A lode mode".. So I guess beauty pageants, Ice cream, and being beautiful is in the fashion?... lol
Amour Toujours 
Nailah D'arcy

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