Gloucester children's beauty pageant 'fun not sinister'
TEEN beauty queen India Tyndall is defending beauty pageants after they became subject to scrutiny.
The 19-year-old, who holds several pageant titles, is holding her own beauty pageant on March 30 next year at Gloucester Guildhall.
But she is worried that a recent article in The Mirror, which complained of sexualising children, might put people off coming along.
She said the article, as well as other recent stories in the media, suggested pageants leave young children believing beauty is the only important thing in life.
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However, Linden girl India has disputed that premise and said the children have a lot of fun.
She added that although her pageant includes a 'mini' category, she has strict rules preventing the children having too much make-up on.
Rule six of her pageant states: "Mini contestants must be kept natural and not glitz, we want the children to look like children."
India said: "The newspaper article talks of children being dressed in bikinis but that is nothing worse than you would see at a swimming pool.
"We will not allow them to have a lot of make up on but I know the people who ran the beauty pageant mentioned in The Mirror and they are good people and many of their contestants will be entering ours in Gloucester.
"We have restrictions on how much make-up children can wear but the idea is not to sexualise the children and hopefully they will have a lot of fun.
"My fear is that an article like that will give people the wrong idea. It is a very supportive community around the children and there are no issues with their well-being whatsoever."
India's pageant, Miss Diamond Beauty UK, has four categories: the minis for children aged four to nine years, junior for tens to 15s, teens for 16s to 19s and miss for women 20 years and over.
India arranged the pageant in Gloucester with the idea that anyone could enter, not just those who could afford the usually expensive fees. She added that her event, which costs £75, is one of the cheapest pageants around.