A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this reality series is all about child beauty pageants -- a controversial topic at best. The down side is that beauty is emphasized as a virtue. But at the same time, hard work and being beautiful on the inside count, too. Your view of pageants will determine whether what you see upsets or entertains you, but either way, you don't have to worry about language, violence, drinking, or other iffy content of that type.
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What's the story?
Each episode of LITTLE MISS PERFECT focuses on two families whose young daughters are vying for the titular pageant crown. The cameras capture all of the people involved, from the girls to their parents to the judges. Parents lose it over lost hairspray, and the girls get sassy, but overall, the idea is to present pageants as a family activity in which winning is nice, but not the only reason to compete.
Is it any good?
The show's storytelling is simple and direct, without narration. And the creators don't seem to be making any value judgements -- they're there to document, not exploit.
Bottom line? The show is a basic, reasonably well-done look at this unique (and sometimes controversial) world. f you're already interested in child pageants, you'll probably find it much more enjoyable than you would otherwise -- just beware of the cheesy song that the pageant director sings at the end of each contest, right before the crowning.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why child beauty pageants are considered controversial. What makes them different than pageants for older contestants?
How do you think participating in (or just watching) these competitions impacts kids?
Parents, ask your kids whether they think documentaries showing these kinds of pageants are a good way to explore the topic.
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