“Beauty contests do not sexualize children,” says contest organizer
AMERICAN ORGANIZERS ARE to host a children’s beauty pageant in Ireland in September. The event would cost around € 20,000.
Speaking on Current affairs lunch this morning, contest organizer Annette Hill denied that contests, like the one she’s running, sexualize young children.
She said they don’t look at kids that way, “so if you do, then it’s disturbing and disgusting. We have been around for eighteen years. Don’t you think that if we were sexualizing children, someone would have already said something? ”
Long heritage in the United States
She said that although it is a new concept in Ireland, beauty pageants have been in America for fifty years.
Ms. Hill, from Texas, hosts the “Universal Royal Beauty Pageant,” a beauty pageant open to girls and boys, with a round of the competition where children wear swimsuits.
In 2011, the ISPCC said it would not support children’s beauty pageants and expressed concerns about how it might focus on the early sexualization and appearance of young children. The Barnardos Children’s Charity echoed those sentiments.
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Ms Hill has not disclosed where the Irish version of the competition will be held.
(Via YouTube /MissUniversalRoyalty)
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