Tiara Girls

TV review by
Jill Murphy, Common Sense Media
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Egos may be too big to hold a crown; teens OK.

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Positive Messages

Parents are very hard on their daughters, criticizing their physical appearance and weight (even though they're often overweight themselves). Sample comments include: "Your body has changed since last year -- you've lost muscle" and "I'm going to tell you -- you just don't look good right now." One girl decides to quit competing after not making the top 10 because she can't take the stress. When a girl is done with a pageant, her parents and coach genuinely console her. Lots of happy and sad tears.


A lot of cursing, but all the bad stuff is bleeped.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this reality series is an unvarnished look at what goes on behind the scenes at teen beauty pageants. The participants are under harsh scrutiny from their coaches, their parents, and themselves. The contestants size one another up mercilessly to determine who they have to worry about. Parents do the same thing and don't hesitate to criticize their daughters' own attributes when they're found lacking.

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Adult Written bysobetan April 9, 2008

Tears, Laughs & Frustration.. each girl is different, can't wait until next

I think it is interesting what people do to reach a goal and its good that parents help them, its edited remember.. so the real story may be a bit different, bu... Continue reading
Adult Written bystevi starfyre April 9, 2008

a must see for every one who does pageants

i think it is a great show because it shows how much hard work goes into this sort of thing,most people think that pageants shallow but its not ,it teaches u co... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bypageantgurl April 9, 2008

i luvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv this show

I am going to be in a pageant soon myself and this show helps me with a lot of stuff!!!
Teen, 13 years old Written byelly216 April 9, 2008

What's the story?

MTV's TIARA GIRLS follows teenagers on their quest to add a statewide \"Miss Teen\" title to their name. Viewers watch their progress over the six weeks leading up to the competition; from a month's worth of preparation (hair, makeup, exercise, gown selection, practicing for the interview) to the event itself (interview, bathing suit competition, evening gown competition, selection of the top 10, selection of three finalists, choosing a winner).

Is it any good?

Since each episode is only 30 minutes long, the show ends up being a very condensed version of the trip to the pageant stage. Episodes are pared down to a collection of bleeped swears, pressure cooker scenes with overbearing parents, and, of course, lots of shopping for the perfect gown. It's the parents' role in Tiara Girls that truly takes the crown. Moms and dads demand that their daughters look physically perfect and are quick to question their teen's commitment ("Do you really want this?," "Is that the dress that's going to win you the crown?," "I don't see the hunger in your eyes to win."). Parents often pay extremely high prices for their daughter to get the right gown, coach, or stylist -- and they clearly want to see a return on their investment.

Meanwhile, teens struggle with various degrees of pressure from themselves, their parents, and their coaches -- plus the stress of simply being a teenager. The girls are given curfews and are often not allowed to hang out with their friends during pageant season. Being typical teens, they often rebel in small ways (refusing to practice their interview skills), or buckle under the stress (one girl smuggled some sweet treats -- gasp!). As with anything "teen," Tiara Girls isn't short on tears and drama. But even without a crown, the girls shine over their parents' behavior.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the thrill of competition -- and when it goes too far. Are beauty pageants healthy for girls? Do parents get too involved? What are the benefits of being in a beauty pageant, and what are the drawbacks? Should parents "put" their daughters into these roles, or should this be something teens want to do for themselves? What elements of the beauty pageant world do you see reflected in your own life? Do you ever find yourself sizing up your friends and classmates? Do you consider them "competition"?

TV details

  • Premiere date: April 19, 2006
  • Network: MTV
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Last updated: September 19, 2019

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