In the past few years, beauty pageants have been publicized in the media. Millions tuned in to watch Mallory Hagan be crowned Miss America and Norton Auditorium was sold out last week with people anxious to see who would become Miss UNA. The New York Times ran an article about the newly crowned Miss America explaining her small Brooklyn neighborhood. While most people find pageants to be entertaining, many are wondering about the effects that it has on young girls. With television shows like Toddlers and Tiaras that glorify young children from ages 0 to 12 to wear makeup, false teeth, and get spray tans, many are left wondering how these children will turn out to be when they get older. When the media airs shows like Toddlers and Tiaras, it influences young girls to believe that in order to feel beautiful and have confidence, makeup and being thin are necessities. While I understand that older girls who participate in pageants (high school and up) in order to compete for scholarships, the media should not be glorifying children’s pageants because of the negative effects it has on young children.