Lord help us - I detest all this malarkey - it is bordering on child abuse.
Controversial US child pageant to make Irish debut in September | Irish News | IrishCentral
Controversial US child pageant to make Irish debut | Irish Examiner“As seen on Toddlers & Tiaras Television Show, Universal Royalty Beauty Pageant the most talked about Child Beauty Pageant world wide will be in Dublin & Cork, Ireland to host another fantastic GLITZ beauty pageant for babies, toddlers and teens,” a statement from the company said this week.
Texas-based Universal Royalty Beauty Pageant said they are not going to announce where they event will be staged to prevent media backlash, after they were forced to cancel a pageant in Ireland last year
However, bosses confirmed that the beauty contest will be open to “babies, toddlers and teens” — and will include a heat with youngsters decked out in swimwear — with “great prizes and trophies” on offer for the winners.
They also said the event would be no different to previous controversial pageants held regularly across the US, which often include children as young as three or four wearing false eyelashes, hair extensions, and push-up, padded bras.
Children’s watchdogs and child psychologists in Ireland have been vocal in their opposition to child beauty pageants, warning that the long-term effects on youngsters who take part could be devastating.
They have argued that innocent children are being exploited, sexualised, and encouraged to be obsessed about their looks, adding that the high pressure put on them to win could lead to mental problems in later life.
Hopefully this attempt will be as unsuccessful as the last. Parents who use their children this way should be ashamed of themselves. Or am I being too harsh?