This week on Loose Women, there was one morning headline that had really won the presenters’ attention; a six-week-old baby had become Britain’s youngest beauty pageant entrant.
Baby Luna’s potential was first realised at her 20 week scan, when Luna’s mother, Amanda Collins, said: “As soon as I saw her image on the screen at my antenatal session I knew she was a stunner.”
Kaye Adams was quick to point out that there were three other child stars sat with her at the Loose Women table…
A young Jane Moore’s claim to fame was that she was Miss Pears’ 1968 South of England finalist, only to lose out to Miss Susan Wood – a name she’s never forgotten!
Gloria Hunniford explained that she was involved in homespun entertainment at the tender age of seven, before the days of television. This was purely for the money however, which ultimately meant that she could buy the uniform and books that allowed her to go to grammar school – a far cry from some of the aspirations of today’s entrants.
For Sherrie Hewson, it was accompanying her mother, who was a model, in front of the camera aged four, which had put her in the spotlight. The ladies cooed over a photograph of a four-year-old Sherrie on screen, holding tightly on to her favourite doll.
When Kaye asked the difference between this example and the examples we see in the children’s beauty pageants of today, Jane Moore explained that she felt Sherrie’s modelling was an extension of what her mother was doing.
For Jane, it’s the fact that some of the entrants’ mothers seem to be living through their children that’s the real problem with some of the examples we see today:
“My problem with the pageants is that it’s more about the mother than the child. The mother is very obsessive and spending thousands of pounds and it’s almost like the mother is living whatever dream she didn’t fulfil.”
Gloria felt that it’s the way in which the young girls are encouraged to dress and behave:
“It’s the overtly sexy clothes that they put children into and the way they have to move in a sexy fashion…let children be children to goodness sake.”
It’s clear that the ladies feel that there’s a definite grey area when it comes to babies and beauty pageants, but what are your thoughts? Do you think it’s important to let children be children, free from the glitz and glamour that we usually associate with adult performers, or do you think that it’s simply a bit of fun? Let us know in the comment box below.