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A competitive princess

Friday, September 14, 2007

Many little girls love dressing up and pretending to be a princess, while others like to play sports, but Jadison Robinson has a competitive spirit that lets her have fun doing both.

The energetic 4-year old likes playing T-ball, but her favorite thing is participating in beauty pageants.

"It's fun," Jadison, 4, of rural Cory, said Tuesday about dressing up to look like a princess.

"I really like to win trophies. I like to win because princesses can do whatever they want."

Angela entered her daughter Jadison, and her son Dakota, who is now 8, into their first beauty pageants as babies.

"Everyone kept saying how beautiful they were, so we did it the first time to just see if it were true," Angela said. "We entered a couple of local pageants at first and won some certificates."

Participating in the contests has allowed Jadison to reap some unexpected benefits.

"Jadison is learning life skills. She is a shy child, but when she puts on that dress for a pageant she becomes a different child," Angela said. "Jadison speaks well above her age level, knows how to present herself around adults and is more confident in herself. She understands there are manners for at home and while she's in public. As long as she does her best that's what makes us proud."

But there are times when the lessons taught are tough ones.

"Being in pageants teaches a child that life is not always fair," Angela said about the occasional dark side of beauty pageants.

"There are times at pageants when a person's best is not always recognized by others for whatever reasons."

Angela said there are various degrees of overbearing parents at all levels of beauty pageants.

"When you see a stage mother at one of these pageants, you know that it's not about their child's dream anymore, it's about what the parent wants," she said. "That's when competition goes too far."

Angela and her husband, Chris, agreed from the start the children would only be in pageants as long as they were happy and having fun while doing it.

"You won't see us on an episode of Dr. Phil," Angela said. "The minute it is no longer fun, or they don't want to do it, we are done. We'll put the dresses up for sale on E-Bay and move on to the next thing they want to do."

While Dakota is now more interested in sports than pageants, Jadison is looking forward to picking out a dress and choosing her hairstyle and make-up for upcoming the Cory Apple Princess Pageant.

"It is always age appropriate clothing. In Jadison's age category they wear one piece bathing suits," Angela said.

"And as for her make-up, Jadison knows how much sparkles she wants to wear. If it's not enough, she lets me know."

Participating in beauty pageants can be expensive, but over the past few years Angela admits to learning a few tricks to cut costs.

"I shop on E-Bay. I will look for six or eight that are in our price range and then let Jadison narrow it down to two or three she really likes," she said.

"We have never spent more than $50 for a dress, but I've known of people spending between $500 to $2,000 for a dress."

Jadison doesn't care how much the dress costs, she is happy to see her friends at pageants.

"I like to stand in line with my friends," Jadison said. "I like seeing them."

Angela is happy that her daughter has the right perspective about the pageants.

"We raised our children that if they start something they need to finish it," Angela said.

"But our main goal is to raise children to be courteous, kind and respectful to others."

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