The pressures of beauty
Here’s the issue: There are already countless complaints about the media and society pressuring young girls to look a certain way. Body dysmorphic disorder has become a bigger issue than we could have ever imagined. These young ladies see their favorite stars on television and on the covers of magazines, and they want to look the same. Putting makeup on children, especially celebrity children, might be amplifying the problem. Now, young girls aren’t just looking to older women and wanting to look like them, they’re looking at girls their own age. It’s easy to understand why girls would feel the pressure to wear makeup in order to look pretty.
Monkey See, Monkey Do
Some people see it as harmless. Sometimes that is the case. Little girls see their mommy getting ready in the morning, putting on makeup, and want to do the same. And a little girl’s biggest role model is usually her mother. It makes sense that she would form an interest in makeup, not because of the pressures of society, but more of a “monkey see, monkey do” scenario. Makeup is fun, and yes, it is pretty. For children, it can be harmless fun, but sometimes it can be more. Where do you draw the line?
Drawing the Line
The more bothersome cases of children wearing makeup, are the ones where it is not the child’s idea. If your daughter gets into your blush, that’s one thing. If you are the one opting to put makeup on a child, that’s an entirely different story: It makes the child believe that makeup is an essential part of beauty, and that maybe she isn’t pretty without it. Maybe that is the line. If a young girl plays around with her mother’s makeup for fun, it’s alright. If the mother is the one introducing and applying the makeup in order to make a child “pretty,” it’s not alright.
Celebrities do it
Celebrities are known to put makeup on their children, with them always being in the spotlight. Katie Holmes, Courtney Cox, and Tori Spelling have all received backlash after their girls were spotted with makeup on. Farrah Abraham has also received negative criticism. She posts pictures of her daughter with makeup, tweezed her eyebrows, and has even said she supports future plastic surgery decisions for her daughter. One commenter said, “Does she freaking have makeup on? Seriously, she’s in 1st grade. WTF. Worst mom ever!”