This study explores the television narrative Toddlers and Tiaras. More specifically, this analysis investigates how the show critiques and promotes child beauty pageants, as well as the traditional ideas of femininity that embody that culture. The study takes a feminist perspective of narrative to explore the central research question. This study finds that the interplay between the features of narrative, in specific, the characters, events, and themes, plays a critical role in promoting and critiquing of child beauty pageant. This study concludes with a discussion of how the pageant standard of beauty is based on money and this contributes to the critique of child beauty pageants.


Bostdorff, Denise


Communication Studies


Broadcast and Video Studies | Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Ethnicity in Communication

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



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