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Little Miss Perfect



Show on controversial contests has generally tame content.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Some viewers may not support the idea of children participating in pageants at all. But everyone featured in the show talks about how the pageants help the girls develop poise and confidence, plus they talk about having a goal and working toward it. (Still, physical beauty is emphasized and valued.)

Positive role models

A full range of behavior is highlighted in the show. Some parents are hard on their kids -- and sometimes prove to be worse losers than the children. And the kids do get squirrely and disobedient. But lots of parents and kids are focused on their goals and work hard to achieve them.

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The way that the little girls are all dolled up -- and the way they perform during the pageants -- has sexualized undertones.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

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.

Families can talk 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.

TV details

Premiere date:February 18, 2009
Cast:Michael Galanes
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:NR

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Parent of a 2, 6, 7, and 9 year old Written byBusyBeeMom May 20, 2010

Sad commentary on the world of pageants

This show is a sad commentary on parents (not always the choice of the little girls) who are willing to do almost anything to have their child win. The saddest part is to see the tears on the little girls' painted faces because they somehow didn't appear pretty or poised (or fake) enough to win. Sorry, but I don't see even any entertainment value in this show - only emotional abuse of fragile little children.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Kid, 12 years old May 13, 2011
i love this show
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Parent Written byeves90 June 3, 2011

Hilarious but sad scene

I am a psychologist. I watch this show purely to analyse the situation. The idea that a mother would dress her child up in things that you rarely even see adult women wear(ie. like a mini prostitute) is appalling. It's basically peadophile heaven, not to mention what it teaches their children to value. Some of these people do not even have a cent to their name, yet they are spending thousands on dresses and flippers. about hoping for a better future for your children, save for a college fund. I have also noticed that most of these parents are often insecure, personality disorders, living through their children. Hilarious to watch though


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