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Toddlers and tiaras : American beauty pageants in Australia

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posted on 2012-12-01, 00:00 authored by Cassandra AthertonCassandra Atherton
Little Miss Perfect, otherwise known as the Supreme or High Point title pageant winner stands in line with five ‘full glitz’ runners-up. These Perfect Misses all have fake tans, false eyelashes, hairpieces, flippers (a dental plate of fake teeth), acrylic nails and a full face of stage make-up. Before the pageant they have had their legs, eyebrows and armpits waxed, many have had facials and pedicures and a few mothers have even injected their daughters with Botox. Finally, these little girls have been coached on the perfect way for a female to walk and talk and have had classes to hone their ‘talent’, which is most often dancing or singing. Displayed within a portfolio of photoshopped photographs, these Stepford children are touted as the epitome of female perfection.

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Journal

Centre for citizenship and globalisation research paper series

Volume

3

Issue

3

Pagination

29 - 35

Publisher

Deakin University, Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation

Location

Melbourne, Vic.

ISSN

1838-2118

eISSN

1838-2126

Language

eng

Publication classification

C Journal article; C3 Non-refereed articles in a professional journal

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2012, Deakin University, Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation

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