Little Miss Ireland
Image source BrightestYoungThings.com
America’s latest import to Europe? Child beauty pageants. Yes, the grace and glamour of underage spray tanning, bikini wearing, hair bleaching and fake teeth, as promoted through the reality television styling of Honey Boo Boo (delightfully pictured above) are now available to the residents of Ireland. And somehow the Irish are NOT excited.
Ireland’s The Journal reports that, after hosting a controversial tot pageant in the city of Monaghan in September, Texas-based organizer Universal Royalty plans to celebrate the holidays with a Christmas-themed beauty contest for Irish children in December.
The September pageant in Ireland barely made it down the runway. Residents were up-in-arms, with leaders like Children’s Minister Frances Fitzgerald condemning the display as exploitative and venues backing out of hosting duties.
For its part, Universal Royalty is adamant that there is a demand for child beauty pageants in the U.K. “The parents wanted it, we had it for them. Boy, there’s going to be different stuff next time around,” said Annette Hill, leader of the company.
Will child beauty pageants soon be leaping across the pond in droves? Keep your eyes peeled for Ireland’s newest reality hit, “Sweetie McBoo Boo.”
Posted by Michelle