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Should Child Beauty Pageants Be Banned?

We’ve talked about TLC’s Toddlers and Tiaras here at Good Enough Mother before – but since the new season launched over the holidays the show seems to be reaching a whole new level of shocking!

Just this week we saw two-year-old Mia who started her routine in an angel costume and ended up as Madonna, circa 1990, in a bright yellow cone bra. Now remember that outfit was made famous on the Blonde Ambition world tour and was worn as Madonna performed Like A Virgin and simulated masturbation on a bed! Even if you don’t remember the performance it’s still a two year old in a pointy bra, playing the most sexualized pop star ever! What was her mom thinking…?

Well you know I like to speak my mind so I was happy to appear on CNN’s Headline News on Friday to give my opinion on Mia’s outfit and Toddlers and Tiaras in general. Host Vinnie Politan led the debate, which featured Brooke Anderson from CNN’s Showbiz Tonight and Mia’s mother, herself Tina Grande. As you can imagine, there was no shortage of opinion, or fireworks – here’s a clip of what went down…

So it’s pretty clear where I stand on this issue but I want to hear from you. Do you think there should be an age limit on child beauty pageants and much more stringent rules on what kids can wear?

Or is it all harmless fun and just a case of kids playing dress up without realizing what they’re doing?

Weigh in everyone – it’s gonna be a good one!


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