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"Child Beauty Pageants-Good or Bad?" on YouTube

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  • PRO: Despite outliers, the average beauty pageant is tame. Melbourne mother of four Kristin Kyle, who is organising Australia's first beauty pageant in 2011: "We are asking people to educate themselves. Toddlers & Tiaras is a reality TV show. They have to make it dramatic so people will watch it. Our pageant is not going to be like that."[1]
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