Editors Note: A previous title referenced The Savannah-based Little Miss Happy Headed Beauty Pageant as the first of its kind. The original Little Miss Happy Headed Beauty Pageant was created by Houston-based organization, Natural Healthy Hair Society. The title has now been updated to reflect that.
The Little Miss Happy Headed Beauty Pageant in Savannah Georgia, currently in its second year, was created specifically for young girls with natural hair. Pageant founder Mahogany Bowers, saw the need for such a pageant when she thought about her own daughter who is soon to enter kindergaten:
“I’m her mom, and of course I’m going to tell her she’s beautiful and her hair is beautiful in its natural state,” Bowers says, “but what am I gonna do when the little girl goes ‘why is your hair so nappy?’ You know, at school.”
The pageant was MC’d by local WTOC TV reporter, Whitney Harris who echoed the need for the Happy Headed Pageant:
“I went to an all-white school, a majority white school,” she says, “and my hair was different, and I didn’t always feel beautiful, and I wanted to have really straight hair like all of my friends.”
To ensure that the purpose of the pageant remained in tack, Bowers made an announcement:
“I want to reiterate to you all: this pageant is for them,” pageant founder Mahogany Bowers tells the moms. “I want them to have a good time, I want them to remember this experience.”
Take a peek at a few photos from this year’s Little Miss Happy Headed pageant below.
Although child pageants can often err on the side of controversy, this one at least attempts to boost confidence and self-acceptance in a world of rigid beauty standards.
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