A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
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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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.
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.
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