Sep 20 2013
The Daily Mail
Quote from my foreword to the article I put on here the other day, ‘Its enough to make a politician cum in his pants’:
“Course the sad thing is, there will be plenty of mothers buying this shit without realising what it is all about, I.E the sexualising of our children”.
And as if to re-enforce this claim, an article appears in the Daily Mail to prove my point… Albeit on a slightly different subject but never the less closely related.
I should also point out that the article also has an agenda opposite to my statement.
You see, last week France banned Children’s Beauty Pageants and today we have a woman – indoctrinated in the ways of the retarded, arse about face modern thinking – being given print space in a national newspaper to refute the French view that Pageants are hyper-sexualising children.
To be honest, I find it disgusting that a country needs to ban something which should just be taken for granted is wrong and therefore not done in the first place.
Yet we have silly cows like Natalie Adlington defending the pageants and claiming that, far from the beauty contests destroying children’s innocence, they are in fact keeping children young.
What a load of old fucking shite.
The image of a very mumsy looking, lower middle class Natalie Adlington wasn’t lost on me either.
The message the corporate controlled media is giving out is that there is fuck all wrong in plastering make up over a 6 year old child to make them look more sexy and mature.
You know the kind of thing I mean?
The kind of thing that would make a politician cum in his pants.
Putting my five children in beauty contests PROTECTS their innocence: British mother can’t understand French ban on pageants for ‘hyper-sexualising’ the young
- Mother-of-six Natalia Adlington, from Liverpool, is part of Britain’s largest child pageant family
- Her children have amassed 36 crowns and tiaras and at least 60 sashes
- They have a collection of more than 50 outfits – most homemade – and wear fake nails, eyelashes, spray tan and make-up to complete their ‘look’
- Mrs Adlington says taking part in pageants has kept her children young
By JILL FOSTER
PUBLISHED: 23:30, 19 September 2013 | UPDATED: 02:27, 20 September 2013
Stepping into Natalie and David Adlington’s smart five-bedroom home is what you might call ‘an experience’.
In the hallway of the three-storey terrace in Stoneycroft, Liverpool, the couple’s nine-year-old daughter Willow is strutting about in a royal blue leotard with cut-out holes that reveal her tiny pre-pubescent waist.
Hands on hips, she pouts in the mirror to reapply lip gloss, and dances into the living room with a bright blue and green feather bustle fluttering behind her.
Her six-year-old sister, Poppy, appears in a doorway in a frothy electric blue ballgown and a platinum blonde hairpiece that wouldn’t look out of place on a nightclub-loving WAG.
Meanwhile, three-year-old Rowan lies fast asleep on the sofa with her dummy in her mouth. She would be the picture of innocence were it not for the fact she is wearing a tiger-print bikini.
Their eldest daughter, 13-year-old Jasmine, is more modestly attired in a flowery Fifties-style prom dress and killer leopard-print heels.
Even Willow’s twin brother, Lucas, is wearing a cream suit as he strides from room to room with all the swagger of a mini Mick Jagger.
Little Logan — another twin in this expansive brood, and the other half of Rowan — seems strangely out of place in a normal pair of shorts and a T-shirt.
It’s a somewhat discomfiting scene. Little girls and boys will always love raiding the dressing up box, but this is something else entirely.
The children, including Willow (left) and Lucas (right), both nine, wear fake nails, eyelashes, spray tan and make-up to complete their ‘look’
Mrs Adlington a 32-year-old stay-at-home mother, and David, a 34-year-old computer programmer, seem perfectly at ease, however.
As parents of Britain’s largest child beauty pageant family, they have become accustomed to such spectacles.
While the French government this week moved to protect young girls from ‘hyper-sexualisation’ by banning children’s beauty pageants and threatening organisers with two years in prison and £25,000 fines, such events are becoming more and more popular in Britain.
And despite the fact most parents might recoil from the unnatural horror of seeing young children teetering down a catwalk in full make-up and a bikini or ballgown, Mrs Adlington insists it is this experience that keeps her children happy and grounded.
She goes so far as to argue that, far from forcing her children to grow up too fast, beauty pageants are actually preserving their childhood, arming them against school bullies and whatever else life throws at them.
‘Never in a million years did I ever think that my children would take part in a beauty contest,’ she says.
‘We thought they were tacky and that it was just so wrong to put young children in such grown-up outfits. But since we got involved, I’ve seen how much good it’s done our family. It’s transformed my children for the better.’
The Adlington children are relative newcomers to the beauty pageant scene. They started entering competitions in March, but already they have taken part in nine contests and have amassed 36 crowns and tiaras and more than 60 sashes, all of which take pride of place on the mantelpiece and bookshelves of the living room.
Like a Von Trapp family for pageants, they spend weekends travelling up and down the country in their heavily laden people carrier.
They have a collection of more than 50 outfits — mostly home-made by Mrs Adlington, who has a City & Guilds qualification in dressmaking — including piles of intricate swimsuits, leotards, cow-girl and princess costumes, which can take the busy mother up to a week to put together.
On top of all the fake nails, eyelashes, spray tan and make-up needed to complete their ‘look’, it’s no surprise to learn that the Adlingtons reckon their new hobby has already burnt a sizeable £5,000 hole in the family budget.
Child beauty pageants originated in the U.S., where they spawned a multi-million-dollar industry. Ten years ago, there were hardly any in the UK.
The Adlingtons reckon their new hobby has already burnt a sizeable £5,000 hole in the family budget. Left, Poppy, six, smiles for the camera, while her older sister Willow (right), nine, shows off her striking looks in a digitally-altered photo
Today, thanks to a society increasingly enraptured by the instant fame and glamour of television programmes like The X Factor and Britain’s Next Top Model, they have become increasingly popular. Now well over 60 take place every year.
A typical contest includes a formal eveningwear round where children as young as two sashay down a catwalk in taffeta and sequins, a themed round with a circus or nautical outfit, a swimwear round — perhaps the most contentious of all — and an outfit-of-choice round.
Some competitions include interview or talent rounds, but ostensibly they’re beauty pageants. Mr and Mrs Adlington admit that, at first, the very notion of putting their children anywhere near a pageant horrified them. So why the sudden change of heart?
‘About three years ago, our girls had watched Toddlers & Tiaras (a fly-on-the-wall documentary about pageants) and they had asked if they could take part in one,’ says Mrs Adlington. ‘Both David and I had said: “Absolutely not!” They seemed so tacky.
‘But on March 2 last year, my mum Marie died very suddenly from a pulmonary embolism. She was only 64, and my best friend in the whole world.
‘We saw her every day; the children absolutely adored her. They were grief-stricken and suffered at school.
‘Poppy was always Mum’s favourite, but overnight she had a complete personality transformation, going from the perfect child, to one who was so disruptive we had to take her to anger management and grief counselling. David and I knew we had to find something to help the family as a whole get through it.’
Conventional activities like fencing and karate lessons were tried and dismissed (nothing seemed to appeal to everyone equally), before they remembered the beauty show documentary.
‘I went online to see what they were really about,’ says Mrs Adlington. ‘I emailed a couple of pageant directors for more details and one told us that there was a pageant — Miss Natural Sparkle — nearby in Warrington on March 2, the anniversary of Mum’s death.
‘David and I spoke at length about it — of course we were wary, we’re not stupid — but we decided that I’d go to one with Willow, Poppy and Rowan. If we didn’t like it, we wouldn’t do another one. It was local to us so we didn’t lose anything by going.
‘I had no idea what to expect, but it was very well-organised and the people were very friendly. I had absolutely no idea if they’d do well. We just treated it as a bit of a fun day out.
‘As it happened, Willow came third, Poppy came first and Rowan came second in their age groups, so we had an exceptionally good day.’
Aside from a clutch of medals and ribbons, Mrs Adlington insists they came away from the competition with much more: the transformation in the children was incredible.
‘The girls were all on a high when they came back home. They loved every minute and raced in to tell David what they’d won. We signed up for another one almost immediately.’
Since then, the children have continued to blossom: ‘Before doing pageants, Willow was incredibly shy. She’s dyslexic and only has the reading age of a five-year-old, which affected her confidence at school.
‘At that first pageant she was shaking like a leaf — even though she’d pleaded with me to take part. I wondered if I’d done the right thing.
‘But afterwards she became a different person. She’s so confident and now she probably loves going on stage more than any of my children.
‘As for Poppy, the competitions were the distraction she needed. She was soon back to her happy self again.’
When it comes to the boys, Lucas wanted to be involved when he saw his sisters were having a great time, but Logan, three, remains unconverted: ‘He may want to get involved when he’s a older but for now he watches with us from the audience.’
Mrs Adlington admits she was more anxious about her eldest daughter Jasmine, who at 13 is a size 18-20, taking part. ‘She’s been picked on a lot at school for being overweight,’ she says. ‘I didn’t want her to get more abuse if she did a beauty contest.
‘But these pageants aren’t all about what size you are or your facial beauty. A lot of it has to do with personality, which Jasmine has in bucketloads.
‘In interview rounds she really shines and the judges love her. When she started winning some of contests, she turned round to me and said: “Mum, I am beautiful, just like everyone else.” Her confidence has soared.’
Rowan (left), three, and Willow (right) have been competing in beauty pageants since March
Although the family say they don’t take competitions too seriously, Natalie admits that she is the world’s most competitive mum and will do anything she can to help her children win a prize.
Her dining room is crammed with rolls of fabric, dozens of jars of sequins and beads and a table strewn with eye-shadow, lipgloss and fake eyelashes — the tools of her trade.
Spray-tanning her children has now become second nature. ‘If you’re going to play the game, that’s what you’ve got to do,’ she says.
‘The first time we did it some of my friends were horrified, but the children loved it. They were running around the house saying: “Look at me, I’m going brown!”’
There have been mishaps along the way, however, particularly with an overnight cream that developed a suntan slowly.
‘Rowan got up one morning looking like she was from a different race,’ laughs Natalie. ‘She was bright orange.’
Oompah-Loompah children aside, Mrs Adlington says the positives of the contests far outweigh any negatives.
Beauty pageants for children have long since courted controversy, not least in the mid-Nineties when JonBenet Ramsey, a six-year-old beauty pageant queen, was murdered in her parents’ home in the U.S. state of Colorado.
The case remains unsolved, but much of the coverage of the case focused on the little girl’s involvement in pageants and how she was made to dress up to look much older than her years.
Mr and Mrs Adlington admit that they, too, have been shocked by some of the costumes.
‘Some of the girls in Jasmine’s age group tend to wear a lot of revealing outfits,’ says Mrs Adlington. ‘At one competition one of the girls was wearing a bra top and tight little skirt and I turned to David and said: “How old do you think she is?” He said: “About 18?” When I told him she was 13, he was horrified. I could see that some of the fathers in the audience were uncomfortable when they realised that this “woman” was that young.’
So why does she expose her children to that environment? Wouldn’t it be healthier for them to take up, say, rollerskating?
‘I completely get how people might say I’m sexualising my children and that there are paedophiles out there, but what people don’t understand is that pageants are completely controlled environments,’ she says. ‘They don’t let just anyone in.
‘Everyone in the audience is a family member or friend of someone taking part. There is only one official photographer and those photos don’t get published anywhere.
‘I make the girls’ costumes and there is no way I’d ever let them wear anything too revealing.
‘Yes, Willow has a bikini but it’s not a skimpy little thing. She had big pants and a little skirt to cover herself up.
‘As for Rowan, it’s obvious when she’s wearing her tiger costume that there’s nothing sexy about it. It’s a costume, not a bikini. There’s a young girl down the road who takes part in ballet shows and she wears more revealing costumes and more make-up than my girls.’
She admits pageants can be hotbeds of cattiness — but it’s mostly among mothers, not contestants.
‘By doing pageants we’re keeping our children young’: Mrs Adlington claims that performing on stage has kept her children happy and grounded. Here, Logan (left), three, and his older brother Lucas (right) are pictured in their normal clothes
‘We’ve seen parents screaming abuse at their child because they’ve not done something that they’ve practised at home,’ she says. ‘At one pageant recently, one of the mothers got very upset that another mum had copied her daughter’s costume and routine.
‘Occasionally, you’ll get someone being mean to one of the girls. At the last pageant that Jasmine won, there was another girl who was very competitive and you could see her snarling at Jasmine, as if to say: “How did YOU win that?” But we teach the kids to brush it off.’
What about any anxieties that her children are growing up too quickly? Natalie admits she hates the look that so many young girls sport in her hometown.
‘It’s all orange tan, fake eyelashes and big blonde hair, like a WAG, and it looks horrendous,’ she says, without a hint of irony.
‘David and I really worry that our own children might turn out like that, but it’s something we’re fighting against.’
But surely plastering them in make-up and fake tan will speed up the process rather than delay it?
‘Quite the opposite,’ says Mrs Adlington. ‘My younger girls only wear make-up for pageants and take it off straight after the competition, not for school like some of their friends — they’re not hanging about in the streets either.
‘Perhaps David and I are naive, but we believe that by doing pageants we’re keeping our children young.
‘They can be contained in a little fairytale bubble of fancy dress and glitter where it’s safe and contained. After all, I’d rather have them dressing up like a Disney princess than a WAG any day.’
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