It's relational decision-making rather than a strong-willed child making decisions totally on their own. But if you come from a middle-class background and shove your child into music lessons, that's OK. But Froud is also quick to point out that a properly run pageant can be beneficial. These young girls are precocious. She also likes watching music videos on YouTube and making up dances to accompany the songs of JLS, her favourite boy-band. To their critics, such beauty pageants are exploitative, pressurising children to adopt semi-sexualised adult mannerisms that they do not fully understand and enforcing the message that physical appearance is all-important. It is more of a challenge and I like a challenge.
Sally nods her head.
Living dolls: inside the world of child beauty pageants
For competitions, Chloe wears heavy make-up, false eyelashes and has an all-over spray-tan. I wonder if there was part of Sally that wanted to enter Amber into the pageant because of her own desire for attention. These young girls are precocious. She thinks you can have it all. It might be depressing to think that our children are growing up in a world that places an ever greater value on appearance rather than substance, but if it is the case, then child beauty pageants are, perhaps, a natural extension of the trend. Order by newest oldest recommendations. If it's a special event, I do her eyes and give her a little bit of clear lip gloss, but she's beautiful as she is.