It really pisses me off that parents have their kids do stuff they don't like, and the parents AND judges are so harsh critiquing them. I saw a three year old in tears on stage the other day, and I felt so bad. the judges were all like "Well, she just sat there and did nothing, so no score." And the mom was like "i am so embarresed".
They all make me sick. That should be considered abuse. They need to let those kids enjoy their childhood and persue their dreams, not their parents dreams.
If the kid wants to be a model, then go for it.
Yeah, that makes me sick too. I'm sure that can lead to serious psychological issues later in life, being forced to live a lifestyle like that. Little kids, especially girls, should be praised for who they are, not how well they do in some beauty pageant. It'll set them up to be superficial and self-conscious for the rest of their lives.
Your last sentence seems to contradict your entire little rant.
dont sign any contracts, you seem bad at reading between the lines. I said they shouldnt be forced. If the kid- not the parent- wants to do it, then they should do it, but parents are way out of line making their child do something they arent comfortable with
I'm not sure what modeling contests you're talking about,
because I don't think we have those in Belgium?
We do, of course, have children pose for clothing brands,
but I never really thought how they are selected...
What I do find rather strange is beachwear for kids.
I'm like "No, your five years old doesn't need a bikini!"
Same goes for bra's.
One of my sister's favorite TV shows is "Toddlers in Tiaras." One time I walked in the room and a mother was ranting about how "people always tell me I'm sexualizing my daughter and that's wrong, but that's not what it's about at all!" while her daughter, six years old, wearing a spray tan, fake teeth, false eyelashes, a lacey mini-skirt and corset is practically humping the stage behind her.
I really don't agree with it regardless of whether the child wants to participate or not. Reason being is one particular case I heard of one of those child models being raped and killed.
And it really does increase a child's risk for having something like that happen to them.
it would be so much better if the kids were themselves.
and not put in makeup, fake hair, heals, dresses they shouldn't be wearing, tans, they'll have skin cancer by the time they're 10
it's really popular here where I live. I feel so bad for the kids
and I cant imagine what they'll turn out like as older.