In 1995, the award-winning documentary Painted Babies sent shock waves around the world as it lifted the lid on child beauty pageants: a world of stolen childhoods fuelled by parental ambition. Twelve years on, acclaimed British documentary maker Jane Treays revisits her original subjects – Asia Mansure and Brooke Breedwell – who are now 17, and charts how their lives have changed. By cutting back to their lives as inarticulate and compliant five-year-olds, a fascinating portrait emerges of pageant life, ambition, class and culture.
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