Are you the parent of a teenager, specifically a female teen? If you are, has your teen ever wanted to enter a beauty pageant? If so, have you made up your mind yet whether you are going to let her do it? For many parents, their first though is “absolutely no way,” but actually, beauty pageants are all not as bad as they seem.
When it comes to determining whether or not you should let your teen enter a beauty pageant or even more than one, you should know that there are a good things and bad things about doing so. One of those pros or plus sides is the fact that it is something that your teenager wants to do, and that’s important. If your teenager was the one who brought up the idea of entering a beauty pageant to make her happy, then there is a high likelihood that it is something that interests her.
Another one of the many pros or plus sides to allowing your teen enter a beauty pageant or even a number of them is the possible rewards and benefits. What is nice about beauty pageants is that you do not just get a winner’s trophy, or a satin ribbon, but sometimes you also get a cash prize reward. Instead of cash, some beauty pageants even award college scholarships. If your child is interested in earning their money or if they are interested in going to university, a beauty pageant may be able to help them achieve their goals.
While there are a number of good reasons for letting your teen enter beauty pageants, there are also a number of downsides as well. One of the downsides is the work that goes into attending beauty contests pageants. If your teen was only interested in competing in a local pageant, this may not be as big of an issue. However, there are beauty pageant families out there who actually spend time traveling the country attending beauty pageants. While you can do this if you want, it can create a lot of emotional and financial stress on all family members.
Another downside to allowing your teen to participate in a beauty pageant is the results. Unfortunately, there is a stereotype associated with beauty pageants. Many people believe that beauty pageants are for girls who are breathtakingly beautiful or slim. This is due in part to the fashion industry and many pageant judges. Although your teen can participate in a beauty pageant if she wants to, regardless her appearance is, you may want to take it into consideration. For teens, especially teenage girls, it can be very damaging to the self-esteem and the way they think about themselves if they are made to feel as if they aren’t pretty or talented enough.
In keeping with the competition, your teen may find it difficult to jump into beauty pageants. Many teens who participate in beauty pageant have done so since they were a toddler or in elementary school. Sometimes these participants are often more likely to succeed than someone who recently decided to enter beauty pageants. Of course, that doesn’t mean that your teen can’t place high or even win a pageant, but it does mean that they may have a lot of hard work before they experience success.
The above mentioned thoughts are just a few concerning this important topic. If your teen has recently asked you if they could take part in a pageant, you and your family may want to seriously considers all that is involved.