Saturday, January 24, 2009

The Cost of Winning a Child Beauty Pageant

If you want to win a beauty pageant, you'd better be prepared to spend a pretty penny.

The pursuit of a title and a tiara has grown into a $5 billion-a-year industry, according to the Pageant News Bureau. An estimated 3,000 pageants draw 250,000 entrants a year, and parents spend thousands of dollars on pageants. Some want their children to gain extra poise; others hope that their children will become the next supermodel or a movie star.

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Wendy Bird said...

This is something that I could never understand! There is all this talk about winning money, yet it is obvious that they are spending much more money than they could possibly ever win.

One national talent competition that my son was in (in 1987)also had a beauty pageant associated with it. It was marketed to the regional winners as a great family vacation opportunity! When you add the travel and hotel expenses to the cost of pageant preparations and all of the "required" clothing and accessories, it is outrageously expensive!

To make it to nationals, all you have to do is place in the top three in your category. Often the regionals do not draw many contestants, and so most who attend get to go on to nationals.

It is a huge business in and of itself, and then there are vendors who are at these events who pay a fee to be there. They sell the dresses, accessories, etc., and they have stylists that you can make appointments with to have your child's hair done.


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