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Organizers are determined to establish child beauty pageants in Ireland. Photo by: journal.ie

US child beauty pageant organizers defend plans to hold another Irish event

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Organizers are determined to establish child beauty pageants in Ireland. Photo by: journal.ie

The American trying to introduce child beauty pageants to Ireland has vowed to organize another show next month despite a public outcry.

The Texas-based Universal Royalty organization intends to hold a Christmas-themed beauty contest for Irish children in December.

Company boss Annette Hill told the Irish Sun that she will press ahead with the planned pageant.

Hill made the pledge despite criticism of her company’s first Irish show in September when she struggled to find a venue to host the event and eventually ended up in a Monaghan pub.

“I was fighting tooth and nail, all the way through the pageant, all the way here from America it was fighting the whole time,” Hill said.

“I don’t know if I want to go through this again, but looking at the winners they’re so happy.

“The parents wanted it, we had it for them. Boy, there’s going to be different stuff next time around.”

Hill made her comments ahead of a fly-on-the-wall documentary about the pageant which will air on Irish state broadcaster RTE on Monday night.

The documentary shows girls aged from 18 months to 14 years dressed in bikinis and ball gowns at the first Irish pageant when only 20 contestants took part in beauty, talent and Irish theme-wear rounds.

Hill blamed negative stories in the Irish media for all the difficulties.

She also insisted that she’ll be better prepared when she returns on December 14.

 “We want to make Ireland the next international place where we have a pageant every year. I wouldn’t be traveling all the way from America to Ireland for a pageant if they didn’t want me to come,” Hill said.

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