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The popularity of children’s beauty pageants continue to rise despite controversy, criticism and heated debate

Published on Mon, Apr 29, 2013 (5:19 p.m.)

Toddlers and Tiaras is a popular television show that highlights children’s beauty pageants and their participants. It recently ran an episode that showcased some local talent from Las Vegas. In the near future, it will be airing an episode of a beauty pageant hosted by Little Miss Nevada in which longtime Las Vegas Strip headliner, Frank Marino, was the Emcee, and his fellow drag queen performers were the judges.
On June 8, 2013, Little Miss Nevada will host another beauty pageant at the Ballroom of the Santa Fe Hotel and Casino, and a few of the stars from Toddlers and Tiaras will be participating in the event. This is a unique pageant that will begin at 10:00 a.m. with the “natural” category where some of the contestants will be performing for the first time, and it will proceed to the “glitz” category in the afternoon, where the more experienced contestants perform. Children of all ages will be participating, from babies and toddlers to pre-teens and teens; there will even be some adults who will perform.
There has been much controversy and criticism about beauty pageants, especially those involving children, but despite the heated debate surrounding children’s beauty pageants, their popularity continues to grow. This upcoming event will present an opportunity to meet and speak with the judges, coaches and contestants as well as the pageant director, Tami Soudbaksh. Persons interested in children’s beauty pageants will be able to discover why they are getting so popular and learn the difference between the “natural” and “glitz” categories as well as why children participate in one category or the other, or both categories. You will see custom outfits, from the simple to the spectacular. You will also see amazing routines performed.
Ms. Soudbaksh, indicated she gets hundreds of email a week with questions about children’s beauty pageants. According to Ms. Soudbaksh, “parents and kids alike are hungry for information on the subject; they want to know what ‘glitz’ is or how to start in ‘natural.’”
While some from the media have focused on the drama and peculiar behavior that has occasionally been associated with children’s beauty pageants, anyone that comes to the upcoming pageant at the Santa Fe Hotel and Casino will see first-hand why most of the children participate in them. It is because the events are fun and they have a good time as well as get a chance to develop their talents and skills.

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