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Living Dolls: The Making of a Child Beauty Queen (2001)

Documentary about the subculture of child beauty pageants (usually restricted to girls no older than 5), showing the lengths to which some parents will go to ensure that their children win these pageants...

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Shari Cookson

Writer:

Shari Cookson
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Swan Brooner Swan Brooner ... Herself
Robin Browne Robin Browne ... Herself (swan's mother)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Leslie Butler Leslie Butler ... Herself
Michael Butler Michael Butler ... Himself
Shane King Shane King ... Himself
Craig Scime Craig Scime ... Himself - Host
Tim Whitmer Tim Whitmer ... Himself
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Documentary about the subculture of child beauty pageants (usually restricted to girls no older than 5), showing the lengths to which some parents will go to ensure that their children win these pageants...

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 May 2001 (USA) See more »

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1.37 : 1
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Robin Browne: Smile baby, people are looking at you.
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Connections

References Unsolved Mysteries (1987) See more »

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Get Ready for This
Performed by 2 Unlimited
[Swan practices]
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An inside look at the ugly behind beauty pageants.
27 April 2005 | by bestknown4failureSee all my reviews

I thought this was so interesting to watch. Even after seeing it once, I continue to tune in whenever it is on. There's something captivating about it. I can't believe some of these poor girls. I figure maybe, some of the kids want to do it and it does look fun, but they have pageants that involve newborns. They obviously don't pick this life. Parents need to understand that they've lived their lives and it is their obligation to let their child do the same. Parents should do whatever they can to preserve individuality and the mothers that force their kids into this strip all of that away. It's was sad the way Swan's mother just yelled orders at her all the time, but a few years after the documentary aired, she and Swan's father died. So as much as I was feeling.. wow what a terrible mom, at least she had one. Poor girl.


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