Local Reaction to the Possible French Ban on Child Pageants

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

LYNCHBURG,Va. (WHSV) -- The French Senate has voted to ban beauty pageants for children under the age of 16.

Tammy Samuels, who does hair and make up at pageants in our area, disagrees with the move.

She said pageants build self confidence and be a positive role model for other girls.

In France, pageants are not as common as in the United States.

The Senate's ban would be an amendment to a law on women's rights aimed at the protection of children and being forced into roles of seduction that may harm their development.

Samuels participated in pageants and her daughters did too, she said the most important thing is what parents teach their children at home.

"It's not different than exposing them as a cheerleader, as a dancer, taking them to a public swimming pool. Pageants is not to expose them as a sexual person is to give them confidence, is to build them up," said Samuels.

Samuels said if pageants were banned in the U.S., her income would be cut in half.

The Lower House of Parliament in France still has to vote before this law goes into effect.

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