Are Elizabeth Hurley’s Swimsuits for Young Girls Too Sexy?
Babies in bikinis are causing quite a stir lately. First, Jessica Simpson received criticism after showing off an adorable photo of baby Maxwell in a two-piece number on Katie Couric’s show, and now Elizabeth Hurley is making waves with her new swimwear line for kids.
While she refers to her new line as “fun” on her website, many are referring to it as “disturbing” and “inappropriate”. Kidscape, a child protection charity in the U.K. is even going as far as accusing the model turned designer of sexualizing young girls. They are calling for the fashion industry in general to stop producing age inappropriate clothing for tots.
Claude Knight, the director Kidscape explains that Hurley’s "Mini Cha Cha Bikini," an animal-print two-piece for girls under 8 and "Collete Bikini," a suit that is held together by a gold ring are meant specifically "for girls who want to look grown up."
A representative for Hurley defended the swimwear line, telling the Daily Mail, “Our collections sell extremely well in Harrods and in numerous stores across America and the Middle East. Most of our customers are repeat customers who report that their kids adore the designs.”
I have a three year old daughter and DID put her in a bikini this summer – not a cheetah print number, but a cute flowery one with boy shorts. I think my real concern is what she’s going to want to wear when she hits the tween/teen years. I’m shocked at some of the outfits I see young girls going to school in every morning.
What about you? Do you think Hurley's swimsuit line for kids is inappropriate?