That's why when a letter shows up in the mail saying your daughter has been selected for a pageant, it's tough to say no.
But one family found a lot of questions concerning one new contest.
A 13 year old -- who asked that we not show her on TV -- was thrilled when she received an invitation to a pageant called the
"2012 Teen" contest, locally known as "2012 Miss Teen Cincinnati," "2012 Miss Teen Nashville," etc.
"We got a letter at the house, and it said someone had referred her to be a participant in this pageant," her mother Nickkie Blaney said.
So she took her daughter to the information session at a local Holiday Inn.
"Through the interview they said we had to ask sponsors to participate, and collect almost $500," Blaney said.
That had her concerned, so she got online, and
found complaints saying the
$495 sponsor fee was just the beginning of what they would have to pay for photos, gowns, travel, and tickets.
"I just started doing some more of my own research, and everything didn't add up," she said.
Questions surround pageant
For instance, the invitation claims the 2012 Teen pageant is endorsed by some local radio stations: But two of them told us they simply accepted ads from the pageant, and never "endorsed" them.