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    Photographer Susan Anderson took a series of absolutely surreal portraits of young children participating in beauty pagents. She compiled the work in a book, High Glitz: The Extravagant World of Child Pageants. You can view many of the images on Anderson's site as well. (Or, right now at the Kopeikin Gallery in Los Angeles.) From the powerHouse Books site:
    "High Glitz" is a subgenre of child beauty pageants characterized by couture "glitz" costumes and a broad array of cosmetic preparations including, among other tricks of the trade: glamour makeup, elaborate hairstyles, and "flippers" (false front teeth veneers). Anderson's stunning visuals are complimented by a "High Glitz Style Guide," defining and providing examples of the following categories: Beauty/ Formal Wear, Western Wear, Sportswear, and Swimwear, with a special section on hairstyles such as the "Barbie" and the "Up-do."


    Each year as many as 100,000 children under the age of 12 participate in U.S. child beauty pageants, and it has recently become a billion-dollar industry. Parents invest thousands of dollars on costumes and private coaches to give their children a competitive edge. Countless hours are spent by professional hair and makeup artists on each child in preparation for the competition. The girls are spray-tanned, made-up, and groomed to a glossy perfection. Anderson captures the results of this time-consuming transformation process in exquisite detail.



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    That shit is so fucking creepy.
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    Stepford kids.

    Child beauty pageants are a form of child abuse, seriously.
    It's like a dog and pony show, but with kids. Disgusting.
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    Anderson captures the results of this time-consuming transformation process in exquisite detail.


    There is nothing exquisite about these little girls at all. They're made up to look like creepy bobble headed hookers.
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    Girl in top right corner is either not enjoying herself at all, or just shit her pants. Just going by her expression.
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    How happy they look! I can't blame them, they dress like alcoholic stay-at-home moms from some god-awful 80's soap.
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    Shit, they look older than me. This is exploitative.

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    IMO it is one step away from kiddie porn.
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    Yay! Another pageant prostitot thread! [sits back and waits for the manatee moms to arrive].
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    Not to be a Debbie Downer, but didn't we have to nix the pics of other people's pageant kids because of a snafu a few years back? Don't want us to hit the same snag again.

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    Creepy and weird.

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    They look like stepford wives with that weird aging disease.

    Seriously.. how is this, in any way, considered appropriate? Kids should be outside playing.. not caked in layers of makeup and prancing around in swimsuits for creepy judges.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Laurent View Post
    Not to be a Debbie Downer, but didn't we have to nix the pics of other people's pageant kids because of a snafu a few years back? Don't want us to hit the same snag again.
    This is a book, so they want the world to see. Fair game and fair commentary I think.

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    There is a pic on the books site, a little girl has these gross long fake nails on. WTF goes through these mothers heads thinking this shit is ok?
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    Wrong! Wrong! Wrong...on so many levels

    Why do these little girls have to grow up in a world that judges them to the enth degree? Don't the parents realise that the world will do that soon enough without adding it to their childhood?

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