Society has set certain stereotypes to girls and women about what it is considered to be beautiful that girl’s focus more in their appearances than in their internal selves. Every girl deserves to feel beautiful because they all are, but how can girls think that they are beautiful if there is always that constant reminder of what being considered beautiful is. It is often seen on TV various shows where little girls are being judged by the way they walk, turn, how their makeup and hair is done and what they are wearing, and obviously their beauty. Society has set such high standards of what is considered beautiful and girls are being the victims of those standards. Girls now feel that they are not beautiful enough because they do not meet those standards such as height, weight, body, skin color, and many more characteristics. There are so many repercussions in participating in Beauty Pageants because girls are being judged in how they look that it makes them be more conscious of what society thinks of them. Beauty Pageants cause cognitive and emotional problems in the long run.
Little girls are now more concerned about developing their external looks than their internal selves. For a lot of girls what matters the most is how they look on the outside because that is what society is judging (Agadoni). Girls feel that they need to meet all of the standards that society has set in order to be considered beautiful, so they try hard to achieve that amazing body, their skin has to be perfectly tanned, they even starve themselves to achieve the weight and body they need to enter competition. Girls spend so much time trying to hard to achieve a superficial look instead of focusing on what is really important such as their internal beauty and caring and loving others (Adagoni). They pressure themselves to achieve those looks that they let themselves go in other things that matter too, such as school, enjoying their childhood or making friends.
Girls could be led to feel like they are not beautiful enough when they are being beauty is being judged. Girls also tend to have lower-self steam because they are constantly being judged on how they look, making girls more conscious about parts that society doesn’t like. This makes girls be less confident in them and be more self conscious about their looks. Having a low-self steam then leads into depression. According to Martina M. Cartwright, a professor of nutritional sciences at the University of Arizona, teens that used to participate in beauty pageants are more likely to develop eating disorders and have body problem images (5 Reasons Child Pageants Are Bad for Kids). In the long run, girls could get into many eating disorders because they try to hard to achieve a rocking body and they can develop anorexia or bulimia.
Beauty Pageants over sexualizes little girls at a young age. As it seen in “Toddlers and...