WEB DESK: Wanting to look pretty is a trait often associated with women. But can you imagine, a primary school girl spending £350 each month just to look beautiful. That roughly translates into Rs54,250.
Barbie Loveridge is only nine years old but no stranger to getting dolled up for regular beauty pageant competitions.
In an interview with the Mirror her mother accepted that she spent £350 each month on her daughter to make sure that she is plastered in fake tan, make-up, false eyelashes and flowing hair pieces.
To ensure the perfect look, her mother, Samantha Pavey, 29, pays for false nails and spray tans.
The Mirror quoted Samantha, from Peterborough, Cambridge, saying, “On a pageant day she wears more makeup than me when I go on a night out.
Loveridge always has false nails but she gets them off in time for school.
“We do her hair – I cut, curl and style wigs so she can wear it up – or we put extensions in for the pageant so she can wear it down in curls or with large flicks at the bottom.”
Samantha further added, “We put on fake eyelashes rather than mascara so she doesn’t have left-over makeover everywhere for school.
Her mum ensures she has all the right foundation, bronzer, blusher, lipstick and eye shadow to pull off the look.
In pageant days, the young schoolgirl transforms into a glitzy pageant queen everytime.
Barbie said, “I love having new outfits and dresses and getting new crowns.”
It’s around £150 for an outfit, £40 on music, £70 to enter and then there’s the nails, the hairpieces, travel, the list goes on and on, Barbie’s mom added.
“It’s the beauty dresses which cost more – they can cost up to £300.
According to the reports appeared in the Mirror, they do the nails and the tan the night before. Then on pageant day it takes two hours to do the hair and makeup, because the tan looks good on stage.
The rest of the time other than the stage days, Barbie is a bare-faced school-girl. They both only wear makeup for pageants.
Samantha has two younger sons, Michael, eight, and Mantana, four, but she still finds time to cut Barbie’s wigs and add sparkles to her outfits.
Her mother said that Barbie sometimes gets stage fright. “Sometimes she gets nervous about going on stage, but I just tell her she looks gorgeous so she doesn’t need to worry.”