Children young as 3 in Auckland modelling competition

NewsHub 3 December 2017
Family First Comment: We also said that research shows that young children involved in this can have depression, anxiety, self-harm, eating disorders. Let kids be kids. Competing with others based on looks and appeal is harmful.
Kids as young as three were on Sunday preparing for a children’s modelling competition in Auckland.
The winners will travel to China and take part in an international fashion show, which could involve a swimsuit component. Organisers say it’s the first competition of its kind in the country.
The qualities they are looking for include photogenic, well-mannered and adorable.
Parents say it’s an opportunity for their kids to gain skills, but critics say such events sexualise the children and can lead to body image issues.
Family First national director Bob McCoskrie says, “I don’t think we should have those competitions at all, especially as young as four and five years old and especially when some of the international competitors that these kids may graduate to involve swimsuits”.

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