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Archive for January, 2011

Growing Up Too Fast

Monday, January 17th, 2011

(Photo by Robynlou8 via Flickr)

There aren’t very many shows I can’t stand to watch. But a few days ago I found myself turning the television off, because I was disgusted.

TLC’s Toddlers & Tiaras takes viewers behind the scenes of America’s beauty pageants, introducing viewers to little girls who pretend to be grown ups.

“You got to work hard for your money, sister,” says Stephany Ellis in a season one episode of her 2-year-old daughter Daylee Ellis who has only won about $150 from pageants. Daylee’s sister Destiny Ellis, 5, has won close to $6000.

But putting a child through a pageant is expensive. Just one dress can cost anywhere from $800 (if mom makes it) to $3000, says Stephany. That figure doesn’t even take into account the cost of makeup, accessories, hair or professional coaching.

Some parents will do anything for their children.

“I want to have a little break,” says Karmen Walker, 6, in a season one episode to her mom Heather Walker after getting upset because she cannot wear a long dress in the Southern Celebrity Wonderland Pageant. (Only the older girls can wear long dresses.)