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November 26, 2011
Toddlers in Tiaras

Who has heard of Toddlers & Tiaras?  I’m sure you all have come across the show in some way or another – whether it be the actual show or newspaper articles complaining about how wrong the show is! The show airs on the TLC channel and follows the lives of mothers and their daughters (sometimes even their sons, too) as they enter pageants. Below is a quote from the TLC description of the show:

But once at the pageant, it’s all up to the judges and drama ensues when every parent wants to prove that their child is beautiful

Beautiful? Hardly. These kids are not beautiful, they are artificial; they look like [cute] dolls – ironic seeing as there is a ‘living doll’ part at these beauty pageants. I mean, these kids don’t even look anything like what they did before the make-up and hair extensions.

I’d be lying to you if I said I hated the show – I love watching it. Why? Because it is so funny to see these mothers get so worked up and involved in these pageants just to win a huge crown, a sash and money. They spend as little as $10 000 on their kids and that includes fake tan, custom dresses, make-up, fake nails, ‘flippers’ (their fake teeth), hair wigs and props.  It’s sad, but in the same sense, nothing is wrong with it. I mean, kids are pushed by their parents to do well in a certain sport or academics – these kids on T&T are pushed to do well in these pageants. These little girls have dreams about becoming Miss USA and Miss Universe.

I sit every weekend and watch the show in the morning and just marvel at all the effort put into this… sport – which is what they consider it to be. I’m not going to judge these people. There’s thousands of kids who do this. I just find it funny that they have their own ‘online’ community where they hate and bash each parent and their kids. LOL. Silly people. At the end of the day, this is normal for them – this is what they have grown up with. We can’t really judge them – it’s their lives. South Africa happens to have these pageants too – there was a show on a few weeks back about it. I’d love to go watch one and see how extravagant South Africans are in comparison to the Americans.

On the topic of beauty and the like, did anyone hear about the advert that got banned? Read the article here but here’s a summary. Basically, ASA (Advertising Standards Authority) banned an advert for clothing brand, Drop Dead because the model looked ridiculously under-weight – she did! Below is one photo – I don’t want to post the other photo because it’s just so…. ugh! I understand models need to be really thin, but there’s a line between thin and shockingly anorexic looking. O.o

Drop Dead ad is banned by the ASA

What do you guys think about all of this?

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  • Reply Carrie November 26, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    I guess your right, there is nothing wrong with Toddlers and Tiara’s… however, I watched it once and I thought the girls were beautiful! I probably won’t ever tune in again because the mothers are way too serious for me. It seems like they want their 3 or 4 year old daughters to get everything PERFECT! Impossible! It just makes me angry…

  • Reply Chelsea Elizabeth November 26, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    I cant stand the mothers on toddlers and tiaras! That show disgusts me, but its so bad I want to watch it sometims! Ugh, and those ads should have been banned! Being that skinny is never natural.

    <3Chelsea Elizabeth

  • Reply Georgina November 27, 2011 at 5:30 am

    That model looks so emaciated. People are so obsessed with looks and the construct that being thin is beautiful is already drilled into people’s minds. It’s really quite sad. Also, models don’t “need” to be thin. It’s just a stupid requirement set up since many years ago and it’s stuck. People need to understand that you can be any shape and size and be beautiful.

    Those beauty pageants with little children are ridiculous. I think they’re really glamourising their kids and not bringing them up the way they should be. Kids should not be exposed to that kind of thing in such an excessive manner. If parents didn’t deck out completely with wigs, makeup, expensive dresses and such, then it wouldn’t be so bad. But it’s as if these parents cannot find anything about their kid to be proud about so they go to all the effort to make them look pretty for a beauty pageant so they can brag about it. I can’t believe it gets that bitchy though. :/

  • Reply Terron November 27, 2011 at 6:04 am

    Ive never completely watched this show but I have seen bits and peices every now and then…I dont think the show is “Wrong” nessacarily, putting your kids in a pagent is fine but I do think that because it is a pagent with LITTLE girls that they shouldnt have to go through SOO much with so much make up and stuff like that.I think it should be toned down a little but.. idk thats just me

  • Reply Lolo November 27, 2011 at 8:46 am

    I don’t understand the point of the flippers hahaha… bad can those kid’s teeth be that they have to wear those? I don’t like that they try to make these kids look grown up…we already have grown up pageants! These kids should look like kids~

  • Reply Claudine November 27, 2011 at 9:20 am

    I haven’t heard of Toddlers and Tiaras, but I think the mothers are overdoing this whole pageant thing. Sure, it’s okay to enter your daughter in contests like this but to spend a huuuuge amount on those kinds of stuff is just impractical.

    Woah, I agree with you about the ad. It really doesn’t look nice. It just shows how people are so obsessed with physical looks nowadays that it isn’t healthy anymore. I don’t even know why there is this perception of “thin is beautiful”. I don’t even understand why models (or maybe the society) have this need of being “thin” to be considered beautiful. For me, it doesn’t matter. You can be beautiful whatever size you are. It’s all a matter of carrying yourself.

  • Reply WYONA November 27, 2011 at 9:43 am

    I agree with you. Nothing’s wrong with things like these, yeah nothing… outside. But if you look closely enough, everything’s wrong. Toddlers shouldn’t be in pageant and earning cash because of their artificial beauty, they should be in school and concentrating on sports and other school related activities. On that model side, I agree, models should have that perfect fit body. But sometimes, they go beyond the limit. These people are so obsessed with beauty and stuff, while there’s more bigger things to concentrate in life. UGH!

  • Reply Jen November 27, 2011 at 10:30 am

    It’s nice to open a toddler’s eyes in beauty at an early age, but not to the point that they have to wear “fake stuffs” just to enhance their beauty. I pity those small girls that are forced to be “beautiful”, when all they want is a box of chocolates or a pack of candies. :P

    And oh, society now dictates that anorexic type of body is a “model-like” body. To the point that you have to look like a living skeleton just to be considered thin. And that really sucks!

  • Reply Leeza November 27, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    I’ve never seen the show, but from what I’ve seen in clips and other people’s reviews on it I’m not missing much.

    It’s basically mothers living vicariously through their daughters because they themselves lack direction, so they dump all this responsibility on a child that doesn’t know better. Sure, the kids SAY they want to do it, but it’s because they’ve been groomed to take cue from their parents that pageants > everything else. When’s the only time mommy praises? When the little girl goes through with it. So they pick up on that. Overall I think it’s a horrible show, but I don’t like reality TV all that much anyway. =p

  • Reply Siobhan December 17, 2011 at 7:52 am

    I’m far from stick thin but I know many girls who are naturally very skinny and that I’m fine with. What bothers me is girls who aren’t naturally skinny because they STARVE themselves. Don’t like that. One’s body needs fuel to survive.

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