No. This isn't a doll. This is a child, just fifteen months old. She is taking part in a "beauty" pageant. In this country. Little girls as young as a few weeks take part, and some are given wigs, full makeup and fake tans. They wear high heels, and "evening dress" in addition to their other outfits.
And we worry about the growing number of cases of anxiety among teenagers concerning body image, and the increasing number of anorexics. Well, this will certainly help...
I live with my husband in Devizes in Wiltshire where I spend my time writing, reading, riding (I am the lucky owner of a beautiful horse, Blue), and keeping up with my four children and an increasing number of small grandchildren (eight so far). I was for many years a nurse and a Relate counsellor. I have taught creative writing both at a local college and a prison, and I review a wide variety of items - including books - for the Amazon Vine programme.I write to death row prisoners in America, being a life-long opponent jof the death penalty. And I spend too much time blogging..
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