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Pageants are about confidence, not beauty, says teenager

A girl of 14 has defended beauty pageants, claiming that the competitions are about boosting confidence.

It comes after child protection charity Kidscape called for children under 8 to be banned from taking part in the events, saying the contests sexualise children.

Competitor Jasmine told BBC Radio 5 live's Victoria Derbyshire: "If pageants were all about beauty - I wouldn't win because I am a size 18."

Comparing them to dance competitions, she said: "I don't see how pageants can get such a bad reputation... when dance is like - if you're too big, you can't dance."

  • 08 Apr 2014
  • From the section UK
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