Pain Inside Beauty Pageants Essay

780 words - 4 pages

I. Introduction
A. It's 5:00 p.m. on Friday, and a little girl and her mom have finished with the first of three long days. As the little girl walks off the stage empty handed, she looks at her mom with teary eyes as if she has failed both herself and her mom. Many children like this little girl , are forced into beauty pageants each year. All this girl sees are other children leaving the stage with a sparkling trophy and their parents running over and giving them a big hug while she walks off the stage with nothing and she sees her parents turning away.
Striving to be a beauty queen is a danger to the physical and mental health of our young girls today. Today i will tell you why ...view middle of the document...

Also if children are spending so much time on pageants, they are missing out on years of childhood activities such as trick or treating and Easter egg hunting because they are too busy watching their figures
C. Self Esteem
1. Makeup- It gives girls the impression that there is only one definition of beauty and that without make-up this ideal is unattainable. This is not helping to strengthen our girls, its making them dependent upon an artificial form of happiness and In these pageants
2 Depression- 9 out of 10 girls age 14 and 15 claim to have suffered depression with 6% saying life just is not worth living. Top sources of what produced this feeling was pressure to look good, that’s 94% of our girls trying to fit into the beauty queen image.
Those who are mentally not strong enough, might not be able to bear the pain of losing and not achieving what they want. This can lead them to go in depression. Those who won, might become snobbish and over confident, paying no heed to others.
Alison, age 13, relates the profound disappointment she felt in losing an important contest. "I don't know what I wanted to do, I just felt so bad. One judge killed me. It's...

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