A man is suing his ex-wife for custody of their 4 year old daughter on the grounds that his ex-wife sexually exploited their 4 year old daughter when putting her in a beauty pageant. The mother’s defense is focused around the dad not liking beauty pageants, claiming that pageants have given her 4 year old confidence, built her self-esteem and points out the money, scholarships and ‘exposure’ to modeling agencies etc. are why she does this. . It is being said that this case for set a precedent for future custody cases with arguments like ‘what’s next, allowing one parent to get custody because they don’t want their kid playing baseball and the other let them?’.
First let me explain what exactly prompted this. This 4 year old girl was dressed up to look like Dolly Parton. Wig, false teeth, fake eyelashes, lots of makeup and yes, fake breast proportionate to Dolly Parton’s.
First there is the obvious flaw in most arguments for pageants. These girls as young as 1 year old are not being judged or winning on their beauty or their talent. It is almost impossible to even see what they really look like. They were makeup, wigs, fake teeth, colored contacts, false eyelashes, padded bras, girdles, and wear outfits you would see on WOMEN in a show in Vegas. It’s a cs, and wear outfits you would see on WOMEN in a show in Vegas. It’s a costume contest. They look like little drag queens.
Second and most importantly they walk and dance EXTREMELY provocative. Remember these girls are as young as a year old.
Let’s look at the real problem here. The irresponsibility of the beauty pageant world and the mothers that subject their daughters to them is unbelievable and unacceptable. The entire pageant world and every mother who subjects their daughters to this should be on trial. These little girls don’t have to be naked for this to be sexual exploitation. Because it isn’t kiddie ‘porn’ it goes unchecked and unregulated. Don’t misunderstand me I am not saying beauty pageants are wrong or that they exploit women. Pageants do do a lot for girls and young women. They can win scholarship money and get exposure to help a modeling or acting etc. career. But allowing, judging and publicly showing these LITTLE GIRLS dressed like they dance in Vegas, made up to look like women and not little girls and dancing provocative is sexual exploitation.