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Can’t Get No Satisfaction

(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A mom to a judge after her daughter won Supreme:

So, what’s she doing wrong?

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Arrogance+Hypocrisy

Life is too short to hide your feelings. Don't...

“Now that woman, she’s a real, crazy pageant mom; especially if she thinks her daughter is prettier than mine!”

 

Judgement Day

A grumpy judge after an altercation with an angry mother:

“How dare she talk to me like that!  I’m a business owner!  I volunteered to do this!”

Me:

“So, what you’re saying is, you’re  not qualified to be judging this pageant?”

Blank stare…

Prim and Proper or Razzle-Dazzle?

It’s not just outsiders that look down upon pageantry; even amongst pageant parents and systems there is tension and discord between natural and glitz pageants and pro am modeling. Pro am pageant modeling is a fast paced, upbeat style that combines dance moves, turns, kicks, spins, and splits, with huge facial expressions and a “sassy” strut to showcase the contestant’s personality and confidence onstage. Pro am routines include themed costumes and music with rehearsed, choreographed routines, and are the foundation of most glitz pageants.
When signing up for a natural pageant, you will see the word “NO” many times: NO rhinestones, NO glitter, NO wiglets, flippers or makeup, NO Pro am!!! A natural beauty pageant is about just that: natural beauty. Judges look for facial beauty, poise, and elegance; modeling for beauty is often described as “Miss America” style or “real world” modeling. Beauty is a slow walk from X to X, with delicate turns on each mark to show off the dress, smile, and poise. Themewear and OOC are faster and more upbeat, but you won’t see any heel kicks, splits, or facials like in a glitz competition.
Although the format of these various pageants is generally the same (beauty, themewear/ooc, side awards…) the amount of razzle-dazzle you’ll see at each varies greatly, and this is where pageant systems and parents begin to disagree. Generically:
Natural Pageant Thought Process: “A child doesn’t need all that fake stuff to be beautiful.”
Glitz Pageant Thought Process: “Football players need pads and helmets; Beauty queens need wiglets and flippers.”
The concept of what a beauty pageant is actually about is the fundamental difference between the two pageant systems. Natural pageants are about what the child brings to the table with little to no artificial help; glitz pageants embrace the sport of the competition and encourage anything that will add glamour, drama, and pizzaz to the stage; glitz pageants like to put on a show, they want their audience to be entertained while their contestants have fun dressing up and showing off.
This differing thought process leads to striking differences between children who do only natural pageants and children that do glitz pageants. I have yet to see a child that competes solely in natural pageants that is as polished on-stage as a glitz contestant; although it must be noted that glitz contestants are often more experienced than natural contestants. Natural pageants lend themselves to pageant newcomers, with lower fees to enter and less investment in wardrobe, hair, makeup, and coaching. Some girls, often those that got into pageantry at a later age, continue to only do natural pageants until they reach the teen divisions, where there is no division between natural and glitz. Others have fun doing a few pageants and then hang up their heels; and yet many others, even those who said they’d never do it, move on into the world of glitz.
Many pageant systems now offer separately judged natural and glitz competitions at the same pageant and it is easy to see how natural competitors (and their parents!) would be drawn to the glamour of glitz when confronted with it in the dressing rooms. Whatever their motivation, the crown, the title, the sparkles, contestants begin to seek out professional hair and makeup artists, the best designers for their gowns and themewear outfits, and coaches to choreograph routines and train the contestant on stage presence. When a coach is utilized you can make a pretty safe bet that you’re going to see pro am modeling in both beauty and optional routines.
Opinions vary greatly when it comes to glitz pageants and pro am style modeling, but when age-appropriate and well executed, pro am pageant modeling is a way to remind everyone that these dressed up, airbrushed dolls that look years beyond their age, are actually children. Watch a trained pro am 7 year old in her OOC routine, and regardless of her hair, makeup, or outfit, you will see a 7 year old girl dancing and having fun.

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.