The photo-sharing site Instagram has become wildly popular as a way to trade pictures of pets and friends. But a new trend on the site is making parents cringe: beauty pageants, in which thousands of young girls — many appearing no older than 12 or 13 — submit photographs of themselves for others to judge.
In one case, the mug shots of four girls, middle-school-age or younger, have been pitted against each other. One is all dimples, wearing a hair bow and a big, toothy grin. Another is trying out a pensive, sultry look.
I posted this article after reading a different post our blog about young teens post inappropriate pictures on instagram. Although not illegal like the other article its quite possible that this article has dangerous potential. Beauty pageants have come into the light and im sure we all have seen some TLC special of the emotional stress of these events can cause and thats just being in them not even talking about losing. the article provides several examples of the how these contests aren’t heart warming environments and emotional battlegrounds for young teens
“Any of Instagram’s 30 million users can vote on the appearance of the girls in a comments section of the post. Once a girl’s photo receives a certain number of negative remarks, the pageant host, who can remain anonymous, can update it with a big red X or the word “OUT” scratched across her face.”
“U.G.L.Y,” wrote one user about a girl, who submitted her photo to one of the pageants identified on Instagram by the keyword “#beautycontest.”
PS the article has a second page so dont forget to read it
The article here