Wednesday, February 18, 2009

My newest obsession

I seem to be having some new obsessions lately and this one is pretty fun.

On TLC there is a new show called Toddlers and Tiaras about children's beauty pageants. Its weird and funny and I can't seem to pull myself away. What I find interesting about it is that most of the parents insist that it is the kid who wants to participate but I think it always starts with the parents who want the kids to do it.

These pageants are insanely expensive not including the dresses, fake teeth, make up, coaches etc. etc. Sometimes, if they win certain things, they win the entrance fee back but more often than not they are more in the hole than before they started.

I'm not going to pass judgement on these parents because I'm not in their shoes. I just think it is fascinating to watch something that I am not really familiar with.

Edit: Would you let your child, girl or boy, enter these pagents? Would you want them to do glam, meaning all the fake everything or natural with no fake anything? Just leave a comment.

8 comments:

Rosalynne said...

are you serious? fake teeth? i never knew that....

Mike K said...

I saw a documentary on it. It is pretty messed up if you ask me. The kids can't be kids.

thepainterfamily said...

oh boy. I dunno. The fake teeth, fake eyelashes, the crazy hair, the spray tans on two year olds...

of course the moms are over the top, but it also makes you wonder about the judges who are critiqing a little girl based (somewhat) on those things. sheesh...kinda creepy if you ask me.

Aimee Kieffer, aka "Momzoo" said...

I wouldn't do it. I want to teach my daughters that this life is more that how pretty you look, that is it the content of your character that really matters.

K2 said...

Rosalyn: Yes, fake teeth..they call them "flippers" They even whiten, tan, pluck eyebrows etc.

Mike and Aimee: Totally agree with both of your statements. I think that its weird because the parents always say they would stop if the kids said so. I wonder if they really would.

Painter family: Yeah, its weird, weird, weird but fascinating at the same time. Maybe I'm just weird.

:-)

J.B. said...

We watched that show a couple of times. We couldn't believe what the moms do to their daughters...tanning, fake hair, tons of makeup, etc. We decided we would not get our girls into that.

On one episode, the girls were up until 11 or 12 the night before. Then, the moms got them up at an insane hour, like 5:30 or 6. The one girl was so tired and mad when it was her turn to go on stage. Then, the mom just yelled at her for not doing it. We couldn't believe it...she was just tired because she stayed up so late.

Matthew Ware said...

You know, Will's pretty cute, but I'd never do anything like that to a child. A child's only job should be to be a child. In their formative years, you're teaching children to value beauty and looks over anything else. I wouldn't be able to watch that show. I might throw something at the TV.

Emily Anne said...

I don't agree with pagents for little kids. I think if you are older and want to compete in a pagent you are crazy, but I won't stop you. I won't pay for my kids to be in pagents though. However, I do think I missed out on Will being a Gerber baby and getting lots of money for his super cute looks. Oh well. You can't have everything.