Little Miss Perfect

TV review by
Anne Louise Bannon, Common Sense Media
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Show on controversial contests has generally tame content.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 6 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

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 & Representations

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.


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

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 10 and 12-year-old Written bygoldee September 1, 2010

Some positive, some negative content

Shows the truth a lot of pageant mothers don't want to admit - to some moms, the pageant is way more important to them than the child.
Adult 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... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old May 13, 2011
i love this show
Kid, 10 years old August 15, 2010

Very good mesage

The message is to parents and kids it says "Never Put Your Kids In Pagents" in one eppy a women was curseing but the bleeped it out

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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