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Beauty pageant boss calls for regulation
11:00am Friday 20th September 2013 in News
A modelling agency boss is calling for children’s beauty pageants to be regulated after French politicians voted to ban them.
Pam Boon, of Bishop Road, Colchester, who organises beauty pageants, said tougher guidelines need to be put in place to protect children.
Her comments follow the French Senate voting to ban pageants for under-16s because they “promote the hyper-sexualisation of minors.”
Mrs Boon, 50, who began modelling at 18, runs PA modelling and a series of pageants for children, said: “They are not wrong to try and regulate it because so many people are just chucking money at the events because they want to be famous and to get their kids into the limelight.
“I don’t think they should be banned all together I just think they need to be regulated.
One of the areas she believes should be regulated is the length of time the competitions run for. She said: “I can do them in five hours.
“At some of these events children are there at 8am and they finish at 12 at night. They try to get as many people in as possible.”
Mrs Boon said beauty pageants are a confidence booster for children and could be a platform for children thinking about going into theatre or music.
She said: “They should just be fun.
“It’s not different to wanting to be a footballer, an athlete or a dancer.”
The French Senate adopted a bill to ban the pageants by 196 votes to 146.
It must now be passed by the National Assembly before becoming law.
Pageant organisers could face a jail term of up to two years and a fine of 30,000 Euros.
The measure was prompted by a row over a photo-shoot in Vogue magazine that showed three girls in heavy make-up and wearing tight dresses, high heels and expensive jewellery.
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