By Sue Bolton, Melbourne, Australia:
Group wants pin pulled on child beauty pageants
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Child beauty pageants, such as the ones featured on the reality TV show Toddlers and Tiaras, are big business in the United States. The industry is so big that it is expanding overseas. One of the biggest pageant companies, United Royalty plans to stage pageants in all states in Australia.
Parents who wish to enter their children in the pageants have to pay $295 just to enter the pageant, plus thousands of dollars on expensive dresses, hairstyles and cosmetics.
United Royalty intends to bring the six-year-old US star Eden Wood to Australia for the pageants. Media will have to pay $20,000 for an interview with her and $500 for a photo.
in all capital cities on May 24.
Manning told Green Left Weekly the pageants were “toxic”. She said the pageants featured on Toddlers and Tiaras involve young girls with fake tans, painted nails, fake nails, hair pieces, waxed eyebrows and heavy make-up
Pull the Pin calls on governments to put age restrictions on pageant entry so children could decide for themselves if they wanted to take part.
The organisation also wants restrictions placed on cosmetic procedures such as waxing and spray tanning.
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Clothing stores sell thongs for seven- to ten-year-old, some with slogans like “wink, wink” or “eye candy.” In child beauty pageants, girls as young as five wear fake teeth, make-up, and hair extensions, and are encouraged to flirt with the audience by batting their false-eyelash-laden eyes: here.
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