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Child Beauty Pageants

Mom Puts Her 4-Year-Old In A Hooters Outfit

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 07.31.2014 | Weird News

When it comes to "child beautification," how far is too far? For some, the idea of child glamour in and of itself is disturbing. But this was defi...

Five Words: 'Honey Boo Boo's Amurrican Starquest'

Posted 10.22.2013 | Arts

"Life doesn't imitate art, it imitates bad television." That line from Woody Allen's film, "Husbands and Wives," seems to adequately capture the s...

The French Government Bans Child Beauty Pageants and I Hope it Catches On

Deborah Cruz | Posted 11.20.2013 | Parents
Deborah Cruz

The French Senate voted this week to ban beauty pageants for children under 16 and to impose up to two years in prison and steep fines of up to $30,000 euros for adults who try to enter children into illegal pageants or run illegal/underground pageants themselves.

France Looks To Ban Child Beauty Pageants

AP | ANGELA CHARLTON | Posted 11.18.2013 | World

PARIS — Child beauty pageants may soon be banned in France, after a surprise vote in the French Senate that rattled the pageant industry and rai...

Child Beauty Pageants: Why Should We Condone Them?

Yii-Huei Phang | Posted 10.30.2013 | Teen
Yii-Huei Phang

Instead of beauty pageants, why not try dancing or singing? Those activities allow a child to gain more self-esteem and even some discipline, but without reinforcing unattainable standards of beauty.

Unleashing Momsters: It's a Small World of Pageant Reality

Hilary Levey Friedman | Posted 07.20.2013 | Celebrity
Hilary Levey Friedman

Heather Ryan, former manager of 34 beauty pageant clients (some of Toddlers & Tiaras fame) came out with a tell-all book, Unleashing a Momster: A Peek Behind the Curtain at the Tragic Life of America's Most Successful Child Pageant Star. She accurately describes it as a "Labor of Loath."

What I Learned From Some Beauty Pageant Queens

Dena Takruri | Posted 01.20.2013 | Women
Dena Takruri

As a little girl, I aspired to be many things when I grew up, but a pageant queen was not on that list. That didn't stop me from being curious about those glamorous, world peace-loving, dazzling beauties. I talked to some current and former beauty pageant queens to learn more.

Can You Speak Honey Boo Boo?

The Huffington Post | Hunter Stuart | Posted 10.24.2012 | Comedy

Can you speak "Honey Boo Boo?" TLC -- the network that wrote and aired the show -- thinks you can't. That's why they put subtitles under nearly ev...

'Toddlers & Tiaras' Sneak Peek: 22-Month-Old Ava Slaps Mom

Posted 10.28.2012 | TV

On an all-new episodes of "Toddlers & Tiaras" (Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on TLC), viewers will meet 22-month-old Ava. She is a natural at beauty pageant...

Inside Child Pageants On 'Our America With Lisa Ling'

Posted 08.10.2012 | TV

Viewers are already fascinated by child beauty pageants, as evidenced by the success of "Toddlers & Tiaras," but Lisa Ling wanted to take a deeper loo...

JonBenet Ramsey's Father Regrets Beauty Pageants

Posted 03.13.2012 | Denver

In an interview that aired this morning on ABC News, JonBenet Ramsey's father, John Ramsey, said he regrets putting his daughter in child beauty pagea...

What "Toddlers & Tiaras" Got Wrong

Rehema Trimiew | Posted 12.29.2011 | TV

While many youngsters are getting into sports like soccer or gymnastics, Shian Ingram is participating in another type of extracurricular activity. ...

The "Grand" Finale: Ending Season 4 of Toddlers & Tiaras

Hilary Levey Friedman | Posted 11.25.2011 | Home
Hilary Levey Friedman

I've been studying child beauty pageants for over a decade and I do believe that shows like Toddlers & Tiaras have gone too far. Such young pageant contestants should not be featured on television.

Glitz and Drama Down Under

Hilary Levey Friedman | Posted 10.03.2011 | Style
Hilary Levey Friedman

Despite all the brouhaha, an "American-style" child beauty pageant took place over the weekend in Melbourne, Australia. The pageant was not drama-free, but it wasn't the protesters who caused a fuss.

Seven Critical Life Lessons From Toddlers & Tiaras

Tamar Abrams | Posted 09.05.2011 | Entertainment
Tamar Abrams

Some see the show as exploitation of little girls, while others see it as an exposé of moms seeking validation through the beauty of their children.

The Evolution of American-Style Child Beauty Pageants

Hilary Levey Friedman | Posted 07.10.2011 | Style
Hilary Levey Friedman

What are the historical roots of "American-style" child beauty pageants? Somewhat ironically, the first event that would evolve into an "American style" child beauty pageant actually started in a Commonwealth country.