Yesterday, 4 pageant moms experienced what many viewers see as a taste of their own medicine. On Anderson Cooper’s daytime talk show, the moms were dressed up in the same outfits their children wear on TLC’s smash hit, Toddlers and Tiaras. The show follows young girls on the kiddie pageant circuit, and the moms (and dads) that love them.
The show is no stranger to controversy for the way adults sexualize young girls by dolling them up in makeup, fake teeth, hair pieces, and, of course, revealing outfits. One particularly heated episode even featured 3-year-old girl Paisley (the “biker girl” featured in the photo above) dressed up as Julia Robert’s prostitute character in Pretty Woman!
To outsiders, it’s difficult to argue that these girls aren’t receiving problematic messages about gender and sexuality at a very young age. But to the pageant moms themselves? Well, that’s a different story. One mom, in fact, points out directly that they’re not “sexualizing” their children at all!
After getting dolled up like their daughters, though, the pageant moms don’t seem to want to change their, or their daughter’s, ways. In fact, all 4 moms agreed that they would continue to enroll their children in pageants.
So what do you think about kiddie beauty pageants, and the moms and girls that participate in them? Harmless fun or problem children in the making? Sound off the in the comments below!
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