France Will Ban Beauty Contests For Girls: US Should Take Notes

by
Sameera Ehteram
The French government has moved to ban children’s beauty contests in an attempt to address what some officials have deemed the ‘hyper-sexualisation’ of young girls.

(French Vogue Photograph from 2011, which sparked a nation-wide controversy about ‘hyper sexualized children in France)

The French government has moved to ban children’s beauty contests in an attempt to address what some officials have deemed the ‘hyper-sexualisation’ of young girls.

Thanks to reality television (Toddlers and Tiaras in particular) we are all familiar with the crazy moms who turn their children into beauty queens. So naturally when one hears that beauty pageants parading dolled-up kids under the age of 16 will soon be banned in France, one can breathe a sigh of relief.

The National Assembly still has to vote on it but we are hopeful. Baby steps.

Prompted by the controversy surrounding a 2011 Vogue magazine spread that featured three young girls (including the 10-year-old shown above), French lawmakers have finally come to their senses, even if mothers haven’t.

If only the US could follow suit, the world would be a better place.

The law forms part of the new “equality bill” presented to the French Senate on Monday by France’s Minister for Women’s Rights, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem. It included legislation to tackle unequal pay, domestic violence and to encourage fathers to take parental leave.

Under the new law, pageant organizers may now face up to two years in prison and a fine of up to €30,000 ($40,000).

Genius.

Why you ask? Just take a look at these.

Where is their childhood? Do you see it any of the images?

It is scary to see children as young as four years old, dolled up in this way.

Child beauty pageants have been a hot subject of debate for some time now. Here is what some people have had to say about them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What are we are teaching children? That they are not good enough?

Little girls should worry about playing, schoolwork and sleepovers. They will have plenty of time to fret about looking beautiful and sexy in their adulthood.

Wearing layers of makeup, donning hair extensions and false eye lashes, emphasizing full lips, wearing high heels, doing provocative dance steps, teasing poses and facial expressions…

If that isn’t child abuse, what is?

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