From the Australian Associated Press
Australian and New Zealand psychiatrists have backed calls for child beauty pageants to be banned, saying they encourage the sexualisation of children and can cause developmental harm. The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists says American-style pageants, like the one slated for July in Melbourne, promote an adult’s perception of “beauty”. When asked if they backed a ban of the competitions, chair of the college Phillip Brock told AAP: “Yes we do.” “We’re giving these kids messages that how they appear, how they perform and standards about what they’re to come up to is actually more important than what they’re like inside,” he said.
….”Infants and girls are objectified and judged against sexualised ideals. “The mental health and development consequences of this are significant and impact on identity, self-esteem and body perception.”
…Pageant age groups begin at zero to three years and include modelling sections in formal, casual and active wear as well as talent and interview sections.