courtesy of Barcroft TV
Let us end this week with a topic that you can hopefully discuss at length – pre-teen girls who want to go into pageantry just after they may have gotten their first period or right before they reach the age when the word “teen” is attached to their actual years.
The documentary above is no longer brand new, but the star of the clip – Sasha Bennington – is a prime example of a young girl who falls right smack in between toddlers-and-tiaras & grown-up beauty contests. While you might think that pre-teen pageants are not yet in the mainstream of the local industry, they really exist. In elementary and high school alone, they are very serious with the Ginoo at Binibining Kalikasan competitions (the national finals was held in Baguio City just last Friday) from the provincial to the regional levels, not to mention the actual contests in different schools where the “pageants” have become such events to fight for among highly-interested parents and their children.
Now we know that the reality of teenagers winning in the national level is not that encouraging because they still don’t have the maturity to handle the stress and demands of such challenges. But the solution is to actually start small and work their way up slowly before graduating to the big leagues by the time they reach their early 20s. That is why you will notice that in Bb. Pilipinas, there are only three candidates in the 19-20 age group.
So my question for discussion is this – do you agree that pageant-inclined kids (just like their counterparts in sports like gymnastics and swimming) should be seriously trained and exposed to contests in the provincial and regional categories while imposing a higher minimum age requirement in the nationals (at least 20) to test their patience/commitment and better insure their physical and psychological readiness?
And while we’re at it, would you agree to having the ceiling age limit of national and international beauty competitions raised to 28-30 in order to allow the more lesson-laden minds of beautiful women in their late 20s to continue pursuing their dreams for a good crown?