Today in terrifying parenting: on an upcoming episode of “Untold Stories of the ER,” we hear the tale of a Florida pageant mom who fed her teenage daughter tapeworm eggs to help her lose weight for an upcoming competition. When the girl arrived at the hospital with a bloated stomach and severe pain, the nurses first thought she might be pregnant. An ultrasound didn’t show a baby, but it did show a bizarre growth in her intestines, and a trip to the bathroom revealed a toilet bowl full of wriggly tapeworms. Nurse Maricar Cabral-Osorio told UPI, “some of the worms were very long and wiggling around trying to get out of the toilet bowl.” Gag! The girl’s mother turned white as a sheet. According to Cabral-Osorio, ”The mom was apologizing to the girl. It’s like ‘I’m so sorry. You know, I did it just to make you a little skinnier. You needed some help before we went on to the pageant.” The mom bought a pill of tapeworm eggs in Mexico and forced her to ingest it. The show’s over-the-top reenactment of the scene is actually pretty funny, but I can only hope that in real life the mother faced some kind of legal punishment for endangering her daughter. This is all kinds of screwed up and her parenting doesn’t sound safe for any kid. Excuse me while I vom. [Gawker, UPI] [Image via Shutterstock]
Oh, hey, I didn’t think you felt uncomfortable enough this morning so I wanted to show you this: ”pageant glitz retouching” for little girls for beauty pageants. Available on Etsy.com for only $15 a pop, your toddler can go from “before” to “after” with makeup, stray on tan, smoothed skin, highlights and teeth whitening. The “glitz” option morphs your four-year-old into a 17-year-old girl for that “Toddlers & Tiaras” filming. Or anywhere else frosted lipstick is “in” for kindergarteners. [Etsy.com]
Sgt. Theresa Vail is quite the unconventional beauty pageant contestant. Miss Kansas is a not only a soldier, an opera singer, an aspiring army dentist and college senior majoring in Chinese and chemistry, but she also has tattoos — generally a pageant taboo. On Sunday, September 15th, she will become the first Miss America contestant permitted to expose her ink. Keep reading »
Beauty pageants usually get the sideeye from The Frisky for their perpetuation of tired old beauty standards, so we are delighted to hear about Analouisa Valencia of South Carolina. Valencia, a 19-year-old singer who has been competing in pageants for over a decade, is African-American, Latina and a lesbian — and she’s gunning for the Miss South Carolina crown! She’s been out since 9th grade and in a relationship for the past three years with the same woman. If she wins Miss South Carolina, she hopes to make it all the way to Miss America. Not surprisingly, she isn’t looking for world peace but “equality for everyone.” LOVE. [Madame Noire, Huffington Post]
Women have come a long way since the inequality of the 1920s. So, why on earth are beauty pageants still so popular?
Over 5.50 million viewers tuned into Miss Universe Wednesday night. And while the competition claims to be much more than beauty pagent, an event that originated 92 years ago, we all know that’s what it is and what it enforces.
The cheesy poses, the evening wear, the fake tans and that diamond crown — as much ‘moderninization’ as this event has taken on in recent years, it’s still largely outdated and still perpetuates superficial beauty. Read more…
Meet Alexis Wineman, 2012′s Miss Montana who is headed to the Miss America pageant this January. This year, Alexis will truly be unlike all the other pageant competitors: she was diagnosed with autism at age 11.
Alexis spent her childhood learning to cope with with the effects of autism, including having difficulty socializing with her classmates and taking “everything so literally,” she explained to DisabilityScoop. Performing — like the comedic monologue she’ll perform at Miss America — helped her gain confidence and socialize other people. Now Alexis is now 18 and travels across Montana as the state’s beauty queen teaching kids about developmental disabilities like her own. Keep reading »