Hilary Levey Friedman is a Harvard sociologist and the author of the forthcoming book "Playing to Win: Raising Children in a Competitive Culture." For her book, she researched a variety of extracurricular activities, including children's beauty pageants.
According to Friedman, turning your daughter into the next Honey Boo Boo isn't cheap. The average participation fee for a single pageant is $500. Add travel and hotel of $600, hair and makeup for $250, coaching fees of $400, and wardrobe costs of $500, plus $100 for "beauty rituals like nails, tanning and flippers," she said in an e-mail. "So total per pageant, on average, is $2350. For an average family that does this five per year, the annual cost is around $11,750."