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Does This Child Pageant Costume Cross The Line?

Does This Child Pageant Costume Cross The Line?

TLC’s show “Toddlers and Tiaras” spotlights the already controversial child pageant world and has managed to shock many viewers with the lengths families will go to for a win. Just days ago the show received a lot of negative press after a 4 year old competitor donned a Dolly Parton costume, complete with breast and bottom padding.

An upcoming episode, however, threatens to make the Dolly Parton incident look somewhat tame. OK! magazine reports about the soon-to-be aired episode which will show a 3 year old toddler contestant, Paisley, strutting across the stage dressed as Julia Roberts’ portrayal of a prostitute from “Pretty Woman”.

The 3 year old wears the same iconic shiny thigh-high boots, revealing short dress, and blonde bob wig that Roberts wore in the popular film.

Since news of the episode spread, critics are already speaking up about the inappropriate costume and how these pageants only serve to exploit young girls - adding to the sexualization of our youth.

But pageant critics aren’t the only ones that find this type of dress inappropriate for a young child. A pageant mom is seen in the teaser for the show expressing her disapproval of the costume.

The pageant mom explains that she would never allow her daughter to compete dressed like Paisley and goes on to say, “Us pageant moms already take a huge rap for what we’re doing to our little girls and it’s outfits like that that give us a bad rap.”

Do you think the “Pretty Woman” costume Paisley wears is inappropriate for a 3 year old?

Do you think all child pageantry is exploitative or are some people just taking it too far and giving it an undeserved negative image?
 


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  • docmp78 By docmp78
    09.07.11  

    I think it's just to much for little kids. I will never approve of child pageants. (this is previous users commment,i don't know y her name has disappeared!) it's not letting me post my comment,and brings me to this comment box ,so here's wht i think: i don't seem to understand wht their parents r thinking?! n i dont understand tht there r viewers to view this! I think this is termed as child abuse,n must be stopped. For me it's very disturbing. I m a pediatrician n like to see kids as kids...n c them grow as nature intended to.

  • FreeDomFreebies By FreeDomFreebies
    09.07.11  

    I personally would never put the amount of pressure a pageant brings on a child. For one, they aren't mentally prepared for their parents to push them to win, win, win! It instills a sense of beauty at all costs to young girls, and what kind of message does this send to that child? It tells them to only look at the appearance to find beauty. It also creates a "child star syndrome" when they get older, their bodies change, etc. I don't like what child beauty pageants stand for, what they do or how they exploit today's young girls. I'd much rather see a competition based on scholarly goals, service to the community and those that build self esteem vs wrecking it before they've ever had a chance.....

  • TurningtheClockBack By TurningtheClockBack
    09.07.11  

    why in the world would anyone want to put their kids or themselves through this type of thing? Kids should be KIDS...playing in dirt, reading books, having playdates...they are only little for such a short time...

  • Tricias-List By Tricias-List
    09.07.11  

    I believe that it IS too much. Pageants have gotten way out of hand.Babies wearing teeth "flippers",spray tanning,teasing thier hair and all that..it's just ridiculous! What happened to just loving them for the cute little fresh faced cherubs that they are ?!

  • faddisccn4 By faddisccn4
    09.07.11  

    In my personal opinion, having tasteful contests is not a problem. But for sure, this mom has gotten completely distasteful. And it is quite obvious she is pushing the envelope for publicity/recognition, putting her child up for collateral. She IS exploiting her child and that is really disappointing. One can only imagine that disgust Paisley will feel when she grows up and sees the episode. Cynthia

  • bookreadera By bookreadera
    09.08.11  

    "Do you think the ?Pretty Woman? costume Paisley wears is inappropriate for a 3 year old?" I don't think that outfit is appropriate for a 13 y/o, let alone a 3 y/o. "Do you think all child pageantry is exploitative or are some people just taking it too far and giving it an undeserved negative image?" While I don't find the concept of child pagentry appealing, I believe it is some individual parents exploiting their children. There's no accounting for taste...

  • Bryelee By Bryelee
    10.04.11  

    I think that shows goes WAY to far. My 3 girls are going to be in a pageant next month but it is at a pumpkin chunkin event and they will be wearing their everyday clothes. They will go onstage, talk briefly about themselves then walk off stage. For us it is more for fine than anything else. My kids saw the child pageant show and wanted to do one so I found one that wasn't both crazy expensive and bad for kids to do.

  • Bryelee By Bryelee
    10.04.11  

    Sorry meant this is for fun, not fine.

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