I have to say something about all this, I'm not understanding why pageants get such a bad rap when the cheerleader groups and dance groups are just as bad! We were at an event this past weekend and one of those dance groups was getting ready to perform, those little girls could give these pageant girls a run for their money when it came to glam wear. They all had a ton of makeup on, skimpy little bootie shorts, and midriff bearing halter tops....they couldn't have been older than 8 with some as young as 5.
So to be fair, it is not just the pageant world that needs to dial it back and remember that these are little girls. I don't have an issue with them doing the hair and makeup, I have an issue with them exposing themselves because there are some sick people in the world and I don't think they should open it up to this.
Finally....a child that is 5 is NOT asking to reveal so much skin. She would rather wear a princess dress.