She wore an itsy bitsy teen -weeny…
When I see those little chubby 18 month old todlers waddling around with their bellies hanging out of a bikini, I just love it! Those round bellies and chunky thighs can’t get much cuter! But at what age is it not cute but, rather, appalling? Parents are in an uproar over a new swimsuit being sold by the popular retailer Abercrombie Kids, a padded bikini for 8 year olds. This is pretty disturbing if you ask me, and I’m a pretty liberal and easy going type of parent.
My daughter is 6 1/2 and she just started to ask me to wear makeup and I am having some reservations, which I literally just posted about last week, Little Girls and Makeup. It frightens me to think that next summer I could be shopping for a swimsuit for her to go to summer camp and there be a padded bikini! While some of the jewelry, make-up and fashions for young girls I find fun and harmless, I think this padded push up bikini is a bit much. Glittery gloss and painting her nails is one thing, but enhancing a little girls breasts before they have even developed is insane!
You can watch the video story that was posted this weekend over on the Huffington Post. They also talk to a child psychologist about what the damage is to our girls when we shape there behaviors at such a young age. It’s not just the swimsuits, but the tween beauty market is tapping into these young girls as well. Tweens spend 24 million dollars a year on beauty products. I realize some of this is just girls being girls, but at what age are these young girls forced to learn that it is not enough to just be who you are?
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