Just saying the words Beauty Queen reminds you of shiny smiles, evening dresses and diamond tiara's. Following the success of films such as Drop Dead Gorgeous and Miss Congeniality, beauty contests are becoming increasingly popular in Western culture. There was a time when parades were specifically for girls and women over 18 years old, but now there are parades for beauty of children that are accessible to girls under 12 years of age.
Initially, however, the thought of girls in parades for childhood beauty is a little shocking, if you think about how little girls naturally go into their mother's wardrobe and jewelry and shoes fit, parades are just an extension of children's fantasies to become a princess. to be. Provided the outfits the child wears in the pageant are tasteful, there is little reason to object.
The different rounds in a beauty contest can enable the child to develop skills that they may need later in life. The interview round can, for example, teach the participant about the pronunciation, the expression of his opinions and general speaking skills. In addition, they will learn how to be themselves and feel comfortable talking to larger groups of people, which can be crucial in school situations where class presentations may need to be given.
The talent part of a beauty contest allows the child to develop their own talents and having to perform for others will help them overcome shyness. One of the main reasons parents raise their children in children's beauty competitions is to increase their self-confidence. Although not every child can win the general competition, every child receives a prize for participation. Moreover, these parades encourage the child to feel more comfortable in his own skin.
Many parents who have had children with birth defects will introduce these parades to teach them that they are no different from other children and can participate in the things in which other children participate. This works both ways, just as the children in the competition learn not to judge others if they are disabled and become more acceptable; This is something that many children cannot do if they rarely deal with a disabled person.
Beauty contests give children the chance to feel like a princess for a day, there is the potential that some might encourage children to grow up too quickly, but if the children have well-grounded parents, there is little reason to think this . I know from experience that young girls dream for hours about wearing diamond tiara, high heels and makeup.