Most of them are children from, at least in the 2 episodes (train wrecks) that I couldn’t help but watch, poorer areas of the country with parents who are “making an investment” in their child’s future by parading them dressed in costumes and make-up that make the child look like Vegas putannas.
In one scene a mother (and I use the term loosely) has her 7 year-old daughter at the local hair-burners getting her hair done and getting her first pair of fake french nails. The mother is shown giving her little girl her second cup of coffee while this is being done.
Another scene shows a couple, where the “dad” is the driving force behind the little girl’s participation in the pageants, and the dad is the biggest queen since Richard Simmons. He is standing at the end of the runway in the competition doing the turns, winks and blowing of kisses as the little girls is trying to do them. It is the most ridiculous display of transference one could imagine. Take a look at these kids and tell me what you think.