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Beauty Pageants, who needs them?

Hello everyone, I hope all is well with you. I’m back today after a busy week at work, but I did something fun this week that kind of broke up my routine. I made a clock for my office, and I must say, I enjoyed it immensely. It’s pictured below and I must give a shout out to my friend, Paulette Carr. She taught the clock-making class and I wouldn’t have been able to make such an amazing clock without her tutelage. So, if you’re ever in Michigan you need to stop by Brave Art Studio and check out her work. It is amazing.

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My Clock

The Brave Art Studio and Gallery

1873 Lincoln Rd Allegan, MI 49010

But enough about that, today I’d like to talk about a meme I saw on Facebook and it got me thinking because it’s so true. There’s been a lot of controversy over the new film “Cuties” on Netflix. The reason everyone’s in an uproar is because of the blatant sexualization of these young girls.

Cuties Poster

I’m glad everyone is upset about this. It’s about time we took a look at the messages we send to young girls. Instead of focusing on their beauty, let’s focus on their abilities. Let’s teach them to become a master in whatever their heart desires. So, the meme below makes total sense.

Image may contain: 4 people, text that says 'NateTalksToYou @NateTalksToYou With the controversy surrounding the #Cuties film ately maybe we can start talking about how disgusting child beauty pageants are.'

Let’s do away with all beauty pageants. Not just the ones for small girls, but the ones for grown women, too. We should all be so busy chasing our dreams that we don’t have time to stand on a pedestal and be judged for our exterior beauty. We have goals to accomplish and skills to master. Let’s teach our girls that we have better things to do with our time than to try and become an idealized version of ourselves.

Let’s send the message that they’re valuable no matter what their physical appearance may be. Instead of promoting beauty, we should be promoting health. Teaching our girls to take care of their body and staying healthy as opposed to reaching some idealistic version of themselves set by society.

What do you think? Leave a comment. I’d love to hear from you!

Author:

I'm a Young Adult Author with two new series, "The Starlight Chronicles" and "The Super Spies." The first one's a coming of age series and the second one's a mystery/thriller series. I'm also the mother of two boys who keep me hopping and they're my inspiration for everything. When I'm not shuttling my boys to school or a play date, I'm writing. When I'm not writing, I'm reading, hiking, or sometimes running. I love anything chocolate and scary movies too.

10 thoughts on “Beauty Pageants, who needs them?

  1. Yup. Do away with them! Children need to be children. Those parents are opening doors that need to stay closed. Well said, Lisa! Cheers!

  2. It’s a tough world in which to be a girl. (One reason why I’m glad I ended up with boys.) I have heard of the Cuties show, but haven’t delved into it, knowing I’d be disgusted. I can’t understand the child beauty pageant phenomenon, either, except as a means for grown women to live their desires through their children. One positive of the pandemic is that, when I can convince my clients to use the phone instead of Zoom, there are whole days that go by when I barely glance at myself in the mirror. It would be horrifying to think that my looks were the only thing I had to offer the world. Aging sure would be terrifying!

    1. It sure would. That’s why we have to start now and change this trend. It’s for all women. We’ll all be mentally healthier when we focus on on strengths and our abilities instead of our looks. Thanks for stopping by, Rebecca!

  3. Couldn’t agree more Lisa. The damage done to young minds is beyond imaginable. The increasing percentage of people with eating disorders and body image issues among women today is a clear indication of the damage it does to the society.

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