The Price of Pageants (Beyond, You Know, Lasting Damage)

Tracie Egan Morrissey enrolled her baby in a baby beauty pageant and wrote about it. As always, the most interesting part of the tale is the money. She spent over $1,500 on pageant stuff, including $350 on registration (there were cheaper options, but the way the points system works, you couldn’t win if you went with them) and $250 on a used dress.

To what hopeful end? The winners received a $500 savings bond (LAME) and a Kindle (LAME), though if you would like to see pictures of children fanning themselves with cash like proper winners, that is a thing you can do.


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