Public Controversy - Children in Beauty Pageants

3. Focus on Physical Beauty is Bad for Younger Children
Children participating in pageants can experience all the negative results that can come with losing just like adults can. Since young kids are not mature enough to handle things the way adults can, they may be more likely to take a defeat hard and lose some self-confidence. There has been considerable criticism of having children participate in beauty pageants and having them focus so much on looks and judges can be harmful. If a child is going to be entered into these types of competitions, they should be taught the right lessons and have fun doing it.

Child beauty pageant - Wikipedia

In September the on beauty pageants for kids under the age of 16; lawmakers could no longer sanction their young girls being sexualized. So now, if you “help, encourage or tolerate” the participation of a child in a beauty pageant in France, you will be fined $40,000. Yes, the French found something they consider too racy and weird.

Child Beauty Pageants - The Huffington Post

Children in Beauty Pageants

An estimated 250,000 children participate in child beauty pageants every year, and the number is only rising because of shows like Toddlers and Tiaras. The industry is now one of the largest growing businesses in America, and on average beauty pageants are grossing over 5 billion dollars. With numbers like these, child beauty pageants aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, so it’s only fair to ask the government to regulate these competitions, in the hope of saving the childhoods of many little girls and boys.