Pretty Babies: Black Girls and Child Beauty Pageants

For most five-year olds, dressing up in Mommy's stilettos and lipstick is a rare treat. But for pint-sized beauty queens, this is far from child's play. And if child pageant-themed reality shows like "Little Miss Perfect" and "Toddlers and Tiaras" are to be believed, the number of little Black girls competing for the crown is on the rise. So, is putting false lashes on a preschooler harmless or just plain sick? Here, we take a look at the growing phenomenon. Click here to check out our roundup of history-making (grownup!) Black pageant queens. Read More: International Brown Beauties: Miss Universe 2009The New Miss America 2010 is Black


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