Any hopes Honey Boo Boo may have had for a youthful modeling career in Paris are likely over
It's far too late for the French government to roll the clock back and hope its youngest citizens will enjoy parasols and promenades along the Seine. But it does hope to protect them from the pressures and pounding rhythms of the kind of child beauty competitions portrayed in Toddlers and Tiaras and The Tyra Banks Show.
This week, lawmakers heard a report entitled Against Hyper-Sexualisation: A New Fight For Equality. It calls for a ban on beauty competitions for children. Chantal Jouanno is the French Senator who authored the report. Here she is speaking on CBC Radio's Q last year:
"More and more parents want to have this kind of beauty pageants, want to see their children make up, and this is really a new phenomenon in France, so, that's why we wanted to ban them -- because, you can have some rules, to say that during these beauty pageants children shouldn't be make up, or shouldn't wear inappropriate dress, but, in any case, it's infringing the principle of dignity of the human person. Our duty, as a government, is to ban things which are contrary to equality, which are contrary to the dignity, and which are contrary to the high interest of the children"French Senator, Chantal Jouanno
The Senate has passed the bill. Next, it must be adopted by France's National Assembly. But the debate over child pageants is ongoing beyond France's borders.
Should child beauty pageants be banned? What are your thoughts?
This segment was produced by The Current's Lara O'Brien, Shannon Higgins, Peter Mitton and Sujata Berry.