PRLog - Dec. 12, 2010 - NORWICH, U.K. -- About pageants
Child beauty pageants emerged in the late 1960s, and after 50 years of existence they have developed to include both ‘high glitz’ and ‘natural beauty’ approaches. Guidelines, rules, criteria and events differ from one pageant to the next so it is important to find out as much as possible about the pageant that you are considering for your child before getting involved, this way you will know what to expect. Contestants compete for a range of prizes including tiaras, trophies, scholarships, grants or cash, and categories may include talent, writing skill, interview and modeling. The judges will not just be looking for a ‘pretty face’, they also consider attributes such as; poise, talent, individuality, confidence and capability.
Why parents choose pageants
For many parents who decide to enter their child into a pageant this decision is based on the belief that the pageant experience will help to boost confidence and self esteem, encourage the development of a talent (such as singing or dancing) and other skills, like public speaking. They may also feel that the pageant they choose will provide valuable opportunities for their child.
Making the right choice for your child
The most important factor to consider before entering your child into a pageant is; will it be a positive experience for your child? If you are happy with the guidelines of your chosen pageant you must then be sure that your child will be too, it is important not to pressure them, and to keep things ‘fun’. Natural pageants may be a good place to start, they focus on an age appropriate approach and avoid the use of false teeth, spray tans, full makeup and manicure. They are also often less expensive than the ‘high glitz’ variety. They offer a chance for your child to experience pageants and can help you both to decide whether or not it is something that you wish to pursue.
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