Even before JonBenet Ramsey’s sad plight, I felt that those faded beauty queen mothers who pushed their daughters into kiddie pageants in order to live out their twisted Mama Rose-like dreams belonged on Death Row along with molesters and serial killers. But I will say that their kids manage to sport some pretty great looks en route to the runway! Inappropriate at times, and downright bizarre for sure, but still quite photogenic!
So in comes powerHouse books with a fall release of Susan Anderson photos called High Glitz: The Extravagant World of Child Beauty Pageants. Says the description, “The girls are spray-tanned, made-up, and groomed to a glossy perfection. Anderson captures the result of this time-consuming transformation process in exquisite detail.”
Even if the result has you wanting to do a Little Miss Sunshine and bump around half nekked to “Super Freak,” you must admit the styling is fit for a queen. An inappropriate and bizarre queen, but a queen nonetheless.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 2, 2009