Susan Anderson's High Glitz photo project focuses on the world of child beauty pageants:
Hours of preparation are spent on each child's appearance, and her camera records it all in graphic detail. Children's pageants are a fascinating subculture, but more than anything they represent a strange microcosm of America itself. Our own values of beauty, success and glamour reflected in the dreams of thousands of young girls...
... bordering on abuse of children, in my book. What value system does this instill in children? I guess the kind of value system that makes Paris Hilton and Perez Hilton our current pop-cultural avatars.
(Hat tip: Kottke)