Too sexy for your…diaper?

Jennifer Galvan

by Jennifer Galvan | September 9, 2011 @ 02:00PM

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 Toddlers And Tiaras Breast Implant photoThere has been a lot of coverage lately on the TLC show “Toddlers and Tiaras” and the way that these young girls are being influenced about their appearance. The moms on the show have gone to extreme lengths to help their daughters standout above the rest of the contestants, including having one little girl wear a suit with padding in the buttocks and breasts area. Most recently, images of another little girl in a “Pretty Woman” outfit has also caused major debate.

The unfortunate outcome of doing this to a child at such a young and impressionable age is that she will forever think that she needs to look a particular way in order to be considered beautiful. Being a female in an overly youth-driven era is hard enough as it is for us in our 20s and 30s…and 40s and 50s. If you’re already being told that large breasts and a voluptuous behind is the only way you’re going to be noticed at the age of three, you better have a therapist on speed dial! Now, girls as young as three and four are starting to think that they are too fat and/or can’t wait for their breasts to develop.

As a little girl I admit that I did used to dream about being older and shapelier, but the thought of breast augmentation never entered my mind until years later. (And no, I have never had any surgery performed, but maybe in 15 years I’ll consider it.) However, it seems that these little girls are more aware that they can have an enhancement procedure if they aren’t “pretty enough.” Not quite how it works. Plastic surgery, invasive or not, should not be a means to achieve perfection or be taken lightly in any way. Surgery is serious, whether for a medical condition or cosmetic reasons.

While it may seem like a fun time to these girls to play dress up and play with mom’s makeup, we just don’t know how it will truly affect their self-esteem in the long run. For the girls’ sake, I hope that they don’t stick to pageants for too long and are given a more normal childhood.

Have you ever entered your daughter in a beauty pageant? We’d love to hear about your experience!

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