Fake breasts on a 4 year old pageant contestant?

Jodi - posted on 09/01/2011 ( 41 moms have responded )

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Outrage over four-year-old wearing fake breasts



The American pageant circuit is full of pint sized princesses wearing outrageous ball gowns and heavy makeup.



As demonstrated on reality show Toddlers and Tiaras, wigs and hairpieces are the norm, as are fake teeth and fake tan.



However one contestant's mother has taken it a step further, putting fake boobs and bum on her four-year-old daughter.



Maddy Jackson was seen on Toddlers and Tiaras wearing fake C cup breasts and padding on her bottom.



She was dressed up as her icon, country singer Dolly Parton. Known for her curvacious figure and ample cleavage, the child was filmed putting on detachable enhancements before performing her act live on stage.



Many will be shocked to see the pint sized performer trying to emulate a woman in her twenties with an hourglass figure.



However when questioned on the US Today show, mother Lindsay, defended the enhancements.



She told presenter Savannah Guthrie: "To some people, it's over the top, to us it's just what happens... It's just normal. When she wears the fake boobs and the fake butt, it's just like extra bonus."



According to the Daily Mail, her grandmother Barbara also defended the competition and Maddy's participation. She explained the cash prizes can be put towards schooling and toys for the children.



However others didn't seem to be won over by the precocious outfit, Maddy's own stylist Michael Booth saying he thought it was inappropriate.



"I wasn’t a big fan of the outfit with the boobs in it. She’s very young, but hopefully the judges will perceive it in good taste."



Others filmed on the reality show also seemed concerned as they watched Maddy's mother arrange her assets before Maddy crosses her arms defensively.



Lindsay said: "I don't think Maddy knew how to explain and why she had those enhancements on."



Despite Maddy's apparent embarrassment, Lindsay is happy to continue entering her daughter in pageants and says she can stop competing at any time.



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OK, I will be the first to say I am personally anti beauty pageants for children anyway. I like to see little girls being little girls. Yes, this does include playing dress ups and using kiddie make-up, etc. Heck, I'm on promise to my daughter that if she stops chewing her nails, she can have her very own real nail polish. But I'd NEVER want to see her done up as a adult. And I don't condone judging children on such superficial qualities.



But the anti pageant views aside, parading your 4 year old around in fake boobs AND a fake butt? What do you think? Is it really ok because it was all part of her *talent* act?



**Post edited to take out the irrelevant shit :P

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Kate CP - posted on 09/04/2011

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Okay, fake teeth is something I'm a little sensitive about because my 5 year old has one. She lost a tooth when she was 18 months old and in order to keep the space to allow the permanent tooth room to come in and to help her speech we got her a fake tooth. It stays in all the time, not just whenever we go out, though.

But when a kid loses a tooth naturally and people want to replace it to make them look better...yea, that's just sick. :/

Janice - posted on 09/03/2011

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Maybe its just me but I had NEVER heard of a "flipper" until I saw it on an episode of this show. I worked in daycare with school aged children for years too. Where in the world are fake teeth normally worn by children in everyday life Sherri?

Johnny - posted on 09/02/2011

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It may not be abuse across the board, but in some cases, I've seen behaviours by the mothers on there that very definitely qualifies as emotional abuse. Children deserve better than being berated, belittled, mocked, and forced to perform like circus monkeys. Fuck, circus monkeys deserve better.

Caitlin - posted on 09/02/2011

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Purposely inflicting pain on a child without consent in MY books is considered abuse.. Even with consent, it's still abuse to inflict pain on a child, I dont think a 4 year old is old enough to decide that anyways!

In the case of fake boobs.. not abuse, just wrong and horrible judgement, but the rest, some of it can be considered abuse.

Johnny - posted on 09/02/2011

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I saw the actual episode. That mom was crazy stupid for more than just that. She was a bit of a psycho hose beast.

I'm not a big fan of the pagaent thing, I really watch that show to make myself feel like mom-of-the-year because no matter what I do, I'm not screwing up my kids that bad. It does make me cringe though. I should really stop watching, because I'm kind of rewarding them for being horrible.

Anyway, on the same show there was an older girl, about age 10, who had begged her mom to let her enter pagaents a year earlier. Apparently she had told her mother it was her "passion" and it certainly came across that way. She was loving the performing, the costumes, everything. It was a bit weird when she went to get her brows waxed and actually seemed to enjoy it. She was smiling the whole time (that's a bit odd really). But it didn't bother me at all see her on there. Her mom was nice and supportive, made it fun, they seemed to have a very positive relationship. The girl was following her bliss. Might not be my thing, but we all deserve the chance to do what we enjoy. For me, her appearance on the show highlighted everything that is wrong with the entire thing. These little toddlers are being forced into this pagaent thing. Most of them do NOT seem happy about it. Their parents are making them miserable for their own entertainment. I can't stand that.

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Becky - posted on 09/10/2011

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WOW! I can't believe this is for real! I have never watched the show, nor do I ever want to! My daughter at age 5 was already developing a curvy figure, she had hips and a tush, and I certainly didn't try in any way to enhance those features!

If you wanna host a children's beauty show, then the show case them as they are . . . beautiful children. Making up young girls to look like young adults is wrong! Put them in a pretty princess dress and sparkly shoes! Maybe just a hint of makeup for fun! But taking it further is just plain wrong. They are children, and they are beautiful just as they are. You see everyday photo's of these girls and they look so much more beautiful then when they are all done up for their pageant.

Heck the only reason I would even agree with the make up is because my daughter used to be in dance. She's a very fair skinned girl & her dance instructor asked me to get her a little blush & tinted lip gloss for her recital. With out that slight enhancement of the makeup, the stage lights washed her out and it was difficult for the audience to see her facial expressions while she danced.

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Johnny said, "It may not be abuse across the board, but in some cases, I've seen behaviours by the mothers on there that very definitely qualifies as emotional abuse. Children deserve better than being berated, belittled, mocked, and forced to perform like circus monkeys. Fuck, circus monkeys deserve better."

That is exactly what i meant by abuse. Emotional abuse of that nature is very powerful stuff. (My ex was a master of itl, as is my father.) Plus I do find cosmetical 'enhancements' that cause pain are abusive when done to perfectly lovely little children.

Jodi - posted on 09/04/2011

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"Emma they don't use flippers on the toddlers they use them on the school aged children that have lost teeth."



No, Sherri, I have seen them use them frequently on 4 year olds who have not lost teeth. It's just that their teeth are not perfect and white enough. It's disgraceful.

Sal - posted on 09/03/2011

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i don't really get the pagent thing on the best of days,to me the mums and coaches should get the prize for doing the best to dosguise any natural beauty and charm that the little girl may of been born with and the one who looks least like they started out wins!!!! but boobs, really i would just give the mum a forhead slap, fuckwit!!!!!

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Flippers in that case are still disturbing. Toothless grins are priceless and the epitome of childhood.

Stifler's - posted on 09/03/2011

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I actually can't believe that fake teeth are a normal part of pageant dressing. Kids that age usually have nothing even wrong with their teeth and have the cutest smiles and teeth.

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Personally, I think the show is disturbing not in terms of its content but in how apparent it is that most of these kids aren't really that interested in the pagents. They might like the crowns they get, but they certainly don't seem to like the pagents themselves. The moms seem to be entering the girls to live vicariously through them, which is sad. Personally, I would never put a child of mine in a child beauty pagent because I think it's very wrong to put so much focus on anyone, male or female, being merely decorative. I can't think of anything more shallow. But that being said, I don't know that I think the whole Dolly Parton costume is crazy -- I think it's along the lines of the type of stuff you see on the show. And frankly, little girls since the beginning of time have stuffed their shirts and pretended to have "boobs". As do little boys. Because boobs are AWESOME!! ;-)

Caitlin - posted on 09/02/2011

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So you would pluck your 4 year olds eyebrows to make them pretty Sherri? The thought of doing that doesn't make you a little sick to your stomach, especially if they dont really want it?

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Sick. I have no objection to a talent show/pagent showing off how cute a kid is NATURALLY, but any and all the fake crap is disturbing.

Caitlin - posted on 09/02/2011

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I don't really knwo that its much of a stretch Sherri... Plucking my OWN eyebrows is considered torutre, but doing it to a toddler? NO WAY.. same goes for making them sit still in curlers for their hair and putting all that makeup on, and yelling at them if they get squirmy after hours of not bieng able to do anything because they are being "done up" for a pagent.

I've never watched the show, only seen clips, it makes me sick. It our kid is having a tantrum after being tweezed and fake tanned and made up with false eyelashes applied, fake nails and all that, it's prolly cause they are BORED and crave something else. I would consider it abuse...

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why do people continue to watch a show that shows parents abusing their children? What kind of thrill do they get from it?

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Now thats just plan fucked up..sorry thats all i can think right now.So wrong..:-( theres Never a reason for doing this.Part of an act"OH PLEASE".





We all, well most would of thought it was plan cute to be like Dolly without the use of the fake butt and boobs.

Janice - posted on 09/02/2011

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If this pageant was just about impersonation/ dressing up than no it isnt a big deal. But that is not what pageantry is about its about who is the prettiest and so putting boobs on a pre-schooler is wrong on many levels.

I completely agree with Melissa that what could be innocent fun has been turned into something terrible. I love TLC but I change the channel even when commercials for that show come on. No little girl should be subjected to the bullshit those parents put there kids through.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 09/02/2011

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Lovely. This mom deserves a dipshit of the year award.

Melissa - posted on 09/02/2011

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I do want to add, however, the guy that was doing that little girls hair for the Dolly costume? LOVE HIM! I mean, it angers me that he's one of the supporters of this ridiculous world of "fashion" and "competitions", but I do appreciate that he told her she'd be just as pretty without the boobs, and that he didn't like them.

Melissa - posted on 09/02/2011

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I think Toddlers & Tiaras is an awful show to begin with. I saw one episode where a mother kept yelling at her daughter to not smile open-mouthed because she'd lost a baby tooth and looked "all jacked up". And parents of these poor girls justify going above and beyond the limits of what WOULD be a harmless and fun competition for little girls to participate in by plucking, waxing, tweezing, piling on make up and putting them down repeatedly because it can "be very competitive and people can be very mean" ... so why would you want to expose your young, impressionable and developing child to that sort of environment?? Not only is it basically abusive to put a child in a positions to be constantly put down and criticized by others, it's then even more abusive to do it yourself because you "want to make sure they're prepared for competitions". Most little girls love playing dress up, love putting on makeup and feeling like a little princess, but this show and the competitions are not about little girls having fun, it's about parents and the media exploiting defenseless children (sometimes seemingly sexually - padding to make boobs for costumes and what not) just to make a buck. These people need to stop using these poor kids and get real jobs. I would like to see a where are they now 10/20 years down the road, to find out what becomes of these girls. I mean look at Lindsay Lohan, Mary-Kate Olsen, Britney Spears, Drew Barrymore ... I'm pretty sure we can all agree that childhood stardome did them NO good!! Drew Barrymore, especially, was an alcoholic and smoking cigarettes by age 10 and smoking weed and doing coke by age 12. She was in rehab probably before she could even drive a car. It's so unfortunate because these girls are still very early in their mental development so the "competitions" and the treatment they receive as a result is REALLY detrimental to how they're going to turn out. Hopefully these parents are saving for college AND therapy!

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Utterly appauling and disgsting. I'd like to see all of those fake stuff banend from pageants and have the parent go through a psychological exam prior to entering the child.

Tracey - posted on 09/02/2011

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Any judge that awards points for fake breasts on a 4 year old, and any parent that thinks it is a good idea for a child to parade in c cups needs their head examined.

Karla - posted on 09/01/2011

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Dolly Parton is going to be mad about the perceived need for a fake butt! LOL

Kidding aside, if this was done for Halloween, I probably wouldn’t care too much. The super hero outfits have fake muscles, etc. The whole beauty pageant thing is bazaar to me though; it’s not just dress up, it’s dress up to win, it’s a competition about perceived beauty of children, and that just feels wrong.

Stifler's - posted on 09/01/2011

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Totally unnecessary! I don't mind kids playing dress up wearing some eyeshadow and mum's high heels etc. or even dressing up pretty for a pageant but seriously fake boobs and butt? Disturbing much?!

Lacieann - posted on 09/01/2011

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I find children's "beauty" pegeants that require children to dress like anything other than children absolutely disgusting. As well as any four year old being made to wear fake boobs and a fake butt in order to potentially win money. It's like pretend prostitution.
If I could make it classified as child abuse I would....

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