Child beauty pageants are one of those things parents feel strongly about – especially American style beauty pageants similar to those seen on the popular TV show, Toddlers and Tiaras. On one side are the parents who feel dressing their child up is just harmless fun. And they see nothing wrong with their child wearing make up ‘like mummy does’, having their nails manicured or daubing on some fake tan. After all, they claim, little girls in particular have enjoyed dressing up through the ages, pageants are safe family orientated events and wearing full pageant garb is something their child only does occasionally.
On the other side are those parents who worry about children being judged on their looks, and believe wearing make up, heels, fake tan and wigs is making a child grow up too fast. Costumes in particular have come in for special criticism, particularly if it is revealing or cut away bikini style.
Claire Walker is one mum firmly in the first camp. She says daughter Aloka-Romaine might only be 16 months but she adores the fuss and attention of a pageant. Claire enjoys making her daughter’s clothes and as she is entering her daughter into an American-style pageant likes to go the full hog, with hair and make up.
She explained her reasons more fully over two pages in this week’s REVEAL mag and was proud that a photo of Aloka-Romaine even appeared on the front cover.
Claire says: ‘The story in Reveal was a good read and Loki-Lou was on the front cover next to my idol Katie Price!’
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