Children in Pageants

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I’ve spoken about this before, but I recently ran across a blog post on why kids should just be kids and not dressed up and getting botox and things like that and I really liked it and agreed with it, so check it out.

Kids Are Not Dolls

Size Two? Too Fat

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It was one of those he said, she said cases. Or rather, she said, she said. And I know this is a little old and I want to work on new issues as well, but sometimes I just want to say stuff about things that have already happened.

But there were some facts involved. Domonique Ramirez won Miss San Antonio. She was then subsequently fired and a new beauty queen reinstated.

The reason she claims she was fired? For being too fat. Which they denied, but then yet testified that bikini photos they took of her where she gained so much weight were so bad that they couldn’t be used. They also say she was tardy, but still, they testified this part in a court of law.

She sued and subsequently won and was reinstated.

Those are the facts.

And Domonique? You can see pictures of her here.

First of all, does she look fat to you? Because she sure doesn’t to me. And even if she was fat, would that make her any less beautiful? Why do we continue to base our beauty on such narrow standards that no one, not even this girl, is skinny enough? Beauty comes from the inside and instead, we’ve made it all about this unattainable outside. Our beauty standards are out of reach to most women. When we tell women they aren’t beautiful, we also tell them x product will make them beautiful. We put women down, to sell beauty. It’s ridiculous and it needs to stop. We need to start recognizing women, all women, as beautiful. Because really, every woman is beautiful. We are all beautiful for our own unique reasons.

As I’ve probably said before, I’m against beauty pageants. This is just another reason why. We need to redefine beauty if it’s not already too late. Being pretty is not all it’s cracked up to be. 

News Radio

Botox for 8 Year Olds?

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So, I previously brought you plastic surgery to prevent bullying and now I bring you sadly, more unfortunate news about what mothers will do to make their children “pretty” this time in the name of a pageant.

In San Fransisco, there is an 8 year old girl whose mother injects her with botox to get rid of her “wrinkles.” Not only that, but she is getting pubic hair waxes (called virgin waxes) in order to “keep her from growing any pubic hair.” All I can keep asking myself is why? Why do we allow mothers to treat their children this way? Thankfully, they are investigating, but this isn’t going to stop here I’m afraid. If it isn’t this mother, it will be some other mother. It boils down to this fact. We, as a society, value beauty. And the advertising industry and the media have made a very clear picture of what it means to be beautiful. As I have said before on this blog, beauty should not be what we value so much that people go to such extremes to get it. This girl was perfectly beautiful before she got botox and even if she hadn’t been, she still shouldn’t have gotten botox. This child is going to be messed up for life, always trying to get on the next big thing until she is “pretty enough,” but more likely until she dies of a botched plastic surgery or a botox injection gone wrong. Instead of teaching this little girl that she is beautiful no matter what and that she is valuable for so much more than her looks, this mom choose to give her 8 year old botox. I can’t help but be reminded of this.

Oh and just like I showed you with plastic surgery, these are the risks of botox, (from Mayo Clinic)

Pain and bruising at the injection site
Redness
Itching
Headache
Nausea
Temporary muscle weakness
Increased body sweat
Although very unlikely, there is a possibility that the effect of botulinum toxin may spread to other parts of the body and cause botulism-like signs and symptoms.

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these effects hours to weeks after receiving Botox:

Muscle weakness all over the body
Vision problems
Trouble speaking or swallowing
Trouble breathing
Loss of bladder control
Other serious but very uncommon side effects to watch out for include:

Allergic reaction (itching, hives, swelling, chest tightness, trouble breathing)
Eye pain, bleeding or bruising around your eye
Blistering, peeling of your skin or severe rash
Chest pain, shortness of breath or uneven heart rate
Flu-like symptoms
Face or neck pain
Seizures

Okay, personally, I would try to avoid anything that might happen to give my child those possible side effects, especially in the name of cosmetics. Child services is investigating and I hope something is done. I’m including three videos below so you can see how the child’s self-esteem is going to be ruined for life.

Interview with mom and girl:

Discussion on it, mentioning virgin waxes:

On the follow up:

It is a shame that we live in a country where a mom even considers doing this to her child.

Going to take a quick poll below.

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