What’s the difference between parents of pageant kids and you?

Did you know that tween girls spend 40 million a month a beauty products? Another fun fact: The percentage of eight- to twelve-year-olds who regularly use mascara and eyeliner doubled between 2008 and 2010.

This info is from Peggy Orenstein’s best-selling book, Cinderella Ate My Daughter. Here’s the passage where she writes about the difference between the parents of child pageant competitors and “ordinary” parents:

No question, they have taken the obsession with girl’s looks to an appalling extreme; but, one could argue, the difference between them and the rest of us may be more one of degree than of kind.  “Ordinary” parents might balk at the $3,000 dress or the spray tan but guess what? in 2007, we spent a whopping $11.5 billion on clothing for our seven to fourteen-year-olds, up from $10 billion in 2004. Close of half to six to nine year old girls regulatry use lipstick or gloss, presumably with parental approval; the precentage of eight to twelve year olds who regularly use mascara and eyeliner doubled between 2008 and 2010, to 18 and 15 percent respectively. “Tween” girls now spend more than $40 million a month on beauty products. No wonder Nair, the depilatory maker, in 2007 released Nair Pretty, a fruit-scented line designed to make ten-year-old conscious of their “unwanted” body hair. And who, according to the industry tracking group, NPD, most inspires girls’ purchases? Their moms. AS a headline on the cheeky feminist Web site Jezebel.cm asked, “How Many 8 Year Olds Have to Get Bikini Waxes Before We Can All Agree the Terrorists Have Won?

One thought on “What’s the difference between parents of pageant kids and you?

  1. Obviously as someone with a beauty blog, I’m biased but I don’t think we should shame girls for wanting to experiment with makeup. It’s a way to experiment with your identity and how you want to present yourself to the world. It’s a way to express your artistic inclinations. Personally, I didn’t really learn to apply makeup until high school when I did theater and I didn’t use makeup on a regular basis until college.

    Children’s clothing can be expensive so I don’t know what that statistic is supposed to prove. I think lipstick and lip gloss is fine, especially if it’s moisturizing or it contains SPF. The mascara and eyeliner and hair removal are a bit much for preteens though.

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