The notorious Alana Thompson and her “redneckognizing” family of TLC’s hit reality TV show have shocked, annoyed, entertained, and infuriated the masses all at the same time. They are a beauty pageant family. With that said, the question of the decency of this sport comes into play. Do these elaborate shows demoralize young girls and teach them false realities?
Temper tantrums, screaming mothers, expletives, and go-go juice are indicative of a glitz pageant weekend. To the participants and their spectators, this is protocol but to first time onlookers it can be a jarring experience.
Are Glitz Pageants Unhealthy?
I will never forget my first encounter with the glitz world. I was going to watch my former sister queen compete when I stumbled upon a room of extremely glamorous, yet vertically challenged women. I though it odd, but dismissed it until show time when the same divas I had seen in the dressing room appeared on stage. When suddenly over the loudspeaker, “Angelina is five years old and has brown hair and blue eyes. Her favorite things to do are playing with Barbie’s and teaching her little brother to read.” I couldn’t believe it. This woman could not possibly be five years old… Okay, so this story is a bit hypothetical, but regardless, the scenario is a reality.
People magazine got a hold of the story in 2011 and questioned the morality of the sport, the participants, and their intense mommas. Needless to say, there were two sides to the story. People from all over the country weighed in. Those who had been exposed to the beauty pageant world vouched for its ability to increase confidence and stage presence. Others thought it was distasteful to allow young girls to parade around in revealing outfits. The debate is still very prevalent and I personally can see both sides. I believe it comes down to motive. What is it that you hope to attain for yourself or for your child? Is it screen time, fame, and fortune, or experience, confidence boosting, and stage presence development?
We here at The Pageant Planet love to hear your opinion. Please share your thoughts on this highly debated subject. Always remember pageant girls, “Keep your heels, head, and standards HIGH!”