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Another star of that show, Eden Wood, one of the most successful American child beauty pageant queens, has been quoted as claiming: “Make-up makes me happy. I like being pretty on stage with my make-up on.” She will be making a special guest appearance at the Dublin pageant on September 21. Eden is a mini-entrepreneur with a burgeoning film career, clothing line and spokesperson contracts. Now retired from the pageant circuit as a contestant she is selling her expertise to aspiring hopefuls who aim to emulate her success. She has been competing in pageants since she was a 14-month-old toddler.

— Stevi Jackson discusses the issues raised by child beauty queens and girls’ magazines

You have almost said it all. I have often wondered if these child 'beauties' are in fact a form of Munchausen-by-proxy, in which it is the mother's desparation to be 'beautiful' through their children. A good area for further research would be to explore the lives of the former child beauty queens some 20 years later and to look into their later lives.

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In 2001, HBO aired its Emmy-winning Living Dolls: The Making of a Child Beauty Queen, which garnered much attention. Critics are outraged at the overt sexualization of young girls in pageant culture and warn that its extreme focus on physical appearance will negatively affect their self-confidence. The child beauty queens will grow up with the understanding that they are not good enough, and that their worth is in the glitz and glamour of the pageants. Conversely, many pageant moms claim that winning a pageant is the biggest confidence booster for their children. “My daughter is so much more confident and outgoing than other kids her age,” Dickey said. “She has a huge personality. That will be important later on.”

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“Toddlers and Tiaras” introduced a new child beauty queen to the mix, 6-year-old Isabella Barrett, who not only struts her stuff as a beauty queen, but is also an entrepreneur and a bonafide self-labeled millionaire.

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So, too, did Ray Mack’s oil paintings. She appears to have studied Goya and Bacon, and her depictions of pain and suffering reflect those influences in work that can only be described as waking nightmares – masterfully rendered. In her remake of Giotto’s , for example, the dramatis personae appear wild-eyed, as does the subject of whose crooked teeth ooze blood. Mack’s inspirations are historic, but her thick/thin expressionist paint handling places her pictures squarely in the present. The same holds for Ingrid Wells’ painterly watercolors about child beauty queens. They plumb the low end of American pop culture. Plump-cheeked and daubed in shades of lipstick red, these pre-teens seem as vulnerable to deflation as the ratings of reality TV shows, a source for this series.You have almost said it all. I have often wondered if these child 'beauties' are in fact a form of Munchausen-by-proxy, in which it is the mother's desparation to be 'beautiful' through their children. A good area for further research would be to explore the lives of the former child beauty queens some 20 years later and to look into their later lives.