Hide Caption 12 of 13 Photos: You don't even need to ask. Walk into the room with a camera, and she'll grab you by the hand, tugging you into position. In front of the lens, she transforms herself into a supermodel. She swings her hair around to one side, stretches her neck into a long line, and delicately cocks a hand on her hip. In fact, it may be a more difficult task to get a Young Miss not to strike a pose.
Brazil's Young Miss pageants an escape from poverty
Little Miss Beauty: Child Beauty Pageant
History[ edit ] Beauty pageants started in when the owner of an Atlantic City hotel struck upon the idea to help boost tourism. Originally, it was for young people from 13 to 17 years old, but by there were over 35, participants, which prompted an age division. Since then, the industry has grown to include about , pageants. It is an increasingly lucrative business, bringing in about twenty billion dollars a year to the Americas with its popularity spreading worldwide. Critics began to question the ethics of parents who would present their child in a way that was perhaps not suitable for their age. The Making of a Child Beauty Queen , which garnered much attention.