My daughter participated in California Tropic Pageants for 2 years. This was a system I researched online, and found to be a great "natural" beauty pageant to be apart of. First of let me state that this is not about winning/losing, but what it fair. My hopes is for this report to warn any potential families from wasting their hard earned money on this fradulent system.
The last pageant we participated in was going good, until the judges abrutly left during the middle of the events and were replaced with Tropic employees, currently royality family memebers, or judges who had ties to contestants. This is a conflict of interest!
The child who won the catagory did not place at least top 3 in any of the events, but she won the whole age division! How is this possible? So you win based upon how much you pay! Apparently no one knows how scoring is tabulated, because CT decides who wins before hand. Also scores sheets are not given, so you can not review how your child was scored.
I have looked into past winners of Tropics, and its the same girls who win over and over,or their parents make a ton of money, which in Carol's eyes screams WINNER!!
I personally emailed the director and was told lies after lies about the reasons why the judges left. Unfortunatly for her another mother informed me the judges personally contacted her to let her know they left because the children they were placing to win events, were not winning! CT were changing the outcome of the events.
In the end pageants are simply an arena where you pay someone to judge your child and give their opinion, I understand that! But when all fairness goes out the door, thats what I have a PROBLEM with. I am one of several parents who have come to learn California Tropics is a system you should not waste your time or hard earned money with.
Since I have decided to no longer let my child be apart of this horrible system, I have personally spoke with many other mothers who are either to afraid to speak up, or are current royality parents. This system is rigged, and everyone knows it You dont do what she wants and your child will not win beyond the prelim competitions.
I can go on and on but that sums up my opinion. Be warned of CALIFORNIA TROPICS! Go elsewhere where supreme titles will get you cash money, tiaras that do not break easily, and titles were earned by how hard you worked, not how much money you have.