Did you guys read about Elizabeth Hurley’s line of sexy kiddie bikinis?
Much like the author of the article, for me, the problem is a combination of two things – the bikini itself and the child model’s pose (or, I should say, the pose she was instructed to do by someone). If she had floaties on her arms and was building a sandcastle, I might not have focused as much on the pint-sized string bikini. What really bothered me, however, was the wording that apparently went along with the pictures on Hurley’s site, such as a caption next to a bikini for the 8-13 age range, which said “great for girls who want to look grown up”. I checked out her site, elizabethhurley.com, to see for myself, and received an error message. I can only assume her reps are doing some damage control with regards to either the pictures or the descriptions.
I read two separate articles about Hurley’s children’s line, and while both featured quotes of caution from experts, neither addressed the fact that little girls don’t have funds to purchase their own swimsuits. For several years now, it seems clothing for young girls has become more ‘grownup’ and revealing. In my old blog I posted about the topic a number of times, and I’ve read countless blogs, articles, papers, and books from people warning against the oversexualization of young girls. I haven’t written about the topic in a long time, because quite frankly, one trip to the children’s department of a clothing store tells me this line of thinking is the minority – the clothing wouldn’t be made if it wasn’t being purchased.
What do you guys think? Is it a problem or no big deal?