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Did These Pageant Moms Learn Their Lesson?

Did These Pageant Moms Learn Their Lesson?

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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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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9:27PM PDT on Mar 30, 2014

Melinda L...lets take your wonderful comment a bit further....Clearly you can lead a "toddler pageant" mom to a taste of reality but you cant make them... think!

7:51PM PDT on Mar 30, 2014

Clearly you can lead a "toddler pageant" mom to a taste of reality & "their own medicine" & they may drink but still think it's "only" KoolAid...of the Jim Jones sort. It seems that they are so addicted to attention by proxy that they have lost all perspective. Is it possible that they really have no idea of the damage they're doing to their daughters' & their sense of self-worth... Terribly sad for all involved.

2:29PM PDT on May 24, 2013

scary and sickening.

12:17PM PDT on May 24, 2013

They all look like bad caricatures. It's scary.

8:26AM PST on Feb 23, 2013

Turning to sexualizing girls for entertainment is obviously a major warning sign that our entertainment preferences are MESSED UP! Women are people-not dolls!

9:57AM PST on Dec 5, 2012

Cannot believe someone is so stupid to put girls on this....

9:35AM PDT on Jul 20, 2012

There are no vaccines against STUPIDITY and bad PARENTING

9:48AM PDT on Jun 24, 2012

This is one thing that should be banned,,,Read ,,,Debbie C. She suns it up.

6:19PM PDT on May 29, 2012

the girls faces look sick in ways. why cant they just be little girls? little girls are super adorable all on their own. these moms are all but telling their daughters that they aren't pretty enough as they are

2:18AM PDT on May 16, 2012

Thank you what a great article.

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