Pageants- What’s All the Fuss About?

Becoming Miss America has been the dream of thousands of girls since 1921. Although Miss America has been reigning for 91 years, the controversy surrounding the pageant system has only come under close scrutiny in the past two decades, and most significantly in the past 5 years with the introduction of reality television shows such as Little Miss Sunshine, King of the Crown, and most notably Toddlers and Tiaras and it’s spin-off, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.
The public’s introduction to the world of children’s beauty pageants came with the tragic story of JonBenet Ramsey’s murder in 1996. Although her death was unrelated to beauty pageants, the media put a heavy focus on her and her mother’s involvement in pageants, and JonBenet’s tragic fate cast a dark shadow on the pageant world.
13 years later, Toddlers and Tiaras aired in 2009 (coincidently, at the same time JB’s family was officially exonerated by the courts) and 5 seasons later, it sparks controversy formerly only known to the political world.
Does the show highlight some awful parenting and spoiled, bratty children? Absolutely. But it also spotlights some of the wonderful parents who work hard to support their children’s dreams. These are the pageant families I have grown to know and love over the past year; these are the people who deserve the spotlight, but don’t know it, and would never use their children to get it. Have I seen some tv worthy moments? Oh yes, yes I have; will I retell some eye-witness accounts? Most likely. Will I use any names or slander anyone? Absolutely NOT. (I also will not tolerate comments that call out anyone in a negative light; so please remember my comments are an open forum for discussion, but I keep all discussions positive and enlightening. Nonsense slander will be promptly removed)
This journal is dedicated to accurately representing the world of beauty pageants through the eyes of an unbiased observer. This is not Toddlers and Tiaras; these are real families in their natural settings. I hope to portray all sides of the world of pageantry, the good and the bad; and you may be surprised by the actual ratio of bad parents and rotten children to quality parents and hard-working young girls.

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