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They grow up so fast…

posted by Jason Kottke   Jun 21, 2012

If you make a series of horrifying photos of little girls dressed like Vegas cocktail waitresses, I will apparently always click through. First it was Susan Anderson’s High Glitz, a series of child beauty pageant contestants.

Child Beauty Pag

And then the last issue of the NY Times Magazine had a series of photos by Kenneth O Halloran of contestants at the World Irish Dancing Championships.

Irish Dance Champ

All I can think of when I see those spray tans is Homer’s makeup gun.

The face of child beauty pageants

posted by Jason Kottke   Jul 28, 2009

High Glitz

High Glitz is Susan Anderson’s portrait series depicting “the extravagant world of child beauty pageants”.

Hours of preparation are spent on each child’s appearance, and her camera records it all in graphic detail. Children’s pageants are a fascinating subculture, but more than anything they represent a strange microcosm of America itself. Our own values of beauty, success and glamour reflected in the dreams of thousands of young girls…

Sweet Jesus, I’m gonna have some nightmares tonight. Can’t sleep, clown’ll eat me, can’t sleep, clown’ll eat me… (via conscientious)

Update: Colby Katz has done a similar project. (thx, chris)