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Child pageants: Kids strut their stuff

Child pageants can help boost a child's self-confidence but parents draw the line at those featuring swimwear or lacking a talent segment

Published on Apr 21, 2013 8:22 AM

June 22 cannot come soon enough for housewife Nuraini Umar. That is when her five-year-old daughter will take the catwalk in the final of a beauty pageant for the first time.

Ms Nuraini, 31, says: "Growing up, I wanted to be a pageant queen because I liked wearing make-up and dressing up. If you make it big as a model, the world is your adventure."

But her technical officer father and housewife mother refused to let her.

So despite their "scolding", she has signed up her second of three children, daughter Tufaylah Norhisyam, for the Prince And Princess Asian World pageant, and photo shoots began two months ago.

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"Wearing fake eyelashes, false teeth veneers and fake tans like in overseas pageants are not for our daughters."

MS ERLYNA RAHMAT, 36, an assistant manager (concierge), on what she does not want to see her two daughters - Sarah Danial, 10, and Sofea, six - do in beauty pageants. With them is her husband, inflight supervisor Lee Chuen Thim, 48

“Pageants are okay for little kids – they are still naive. Just go for fun.”

MRS TRICIA LIM, whose elder daughter Sheryl did a jive dance during a talent segment of the Little Miss Singapore Cinderella pageant

Is it really all naive, harmless fun for young children to take part in pageants? E-mail