ARE THESE PICTURES OF LITTLE GIRLS IN BIKINIS OVERLY SEXUAL? A MAJOR CELEB HAS FALLEN INTO HOT WATER FOR PUBLISHING THEM ON HER WEBSITE.

So. What do you think? Inappropriate? * Wrinkles brow + nose. *

These images are from Elizabeth Hurley’s kid’s collection and have caused ire in the UK. Claude Knight, director of the UK child protection charity Kidscape, said: “The pieces that are very adult which contribute to the sexualisation of young girls—especially in the poses portrayed—do not take account of the child protection concerns that have been well-aired.”

Seriously? To me, these three look like rather ugly swimsuits on rather pleasantly normal little girls. (And you know how I am quick to leap on any passing potential perp, as far as over-sexualising anything goes.)

The most controversial of the set, worn by Trinny Woodhall’s 8 year-old daughter, Lila, is after the jump.

This one, in particular, sparked concern: The Daily Mail predictably had this to say: ” The actress’s website features several children wearing the skimpy designs while striking poses more suitable for adult models. It includes items for the under-eights, such as an animal-print ‘Mini Cha Cha Bikini’ which costs £45 and is modelled by a blonde child with both hands placed precociously on her hips.
A £47 lilac ‘Collette Bikini’ for the 8-13 age range, the top of which is held together at the front by a gold ring, is described as being ‘great for girls who want to look grown up’.

Maybe I have watched fifteen too many episodes of Toddlers & Tiaras and have blunted my radar for the inappropriate.

In comparison to those mincing, pouting little dolls, these kids are babes in the woods.

Last week Jessica Simpson was pulled apart by the world’s media for Tweeting a picture of her daughter (I think she’s about 4 months old, although I must admit I am not an expert,) in a “bikini.”

But why?

Sometimes, these kind of pictures are just that: Pictures of children in the kind of clothes our society deems appropriate for immersing children in sun, sand and water.

The interpretation is what’s wrong not the swimsuits.*

I wonder if they hadn’t been from Elizabeth Hurley’s catalogue, anyone would have batted an eyelid.

I suspect not.

 

* Although, I do agree whole-heartedly with Tracie Morrison, from Jezebel when she said: ” As far as I can tell, after reviewing the designs, the most offensive thing about Elizabeth Hurley’s kiddie swimwear line is that she charges $77 for a bikini for a child!”

 

8 Responses to ARE THESE PICTURES OF LITTLE GIRLS IN BIKINIS OVERLY SEXUAL? A MAJOR CELEB HAS FALLEN INTO HOT WATER FOR PUBLISHING THEM ON HER WEBSITE.

  1. Loudine September 18, 2012 at 06:09 #

    The world has gone mad. I see nothing at all inappropriate in the swimsuits themselves (although they are admittedly quite unlovely), or the ‘poses’ these girls are supposedly striking. Have these people ever seen an 8 year old girl? They practically invented standing with hands on hips. Usually with the belly thrust out. Nothing sexy about it, to non-paedophiles. Although I have my reservations about sticking innocent kids on the internet at all, because of these dregs of society, I honestly don’t see what the fuss is about in this case.

  2. anysroad September 18, 2012 at 09:26 #

    They are not even posing!! Oh my word. But woe to a mum who won’t buy a bikini and will have a little girl run around naked on the beach – watch the trouble she will be in then.

  3. Robi27 September 18, 2012 at 09:51 #

    What happened to the days of just sticking your kid in a regular swimsuit and letting them play? Why is everything so intense these days. It’s simple, don’t be silly as a parent and put your child at risk, think about the pervs and keep your child from me a target to the best of your abilities. That’s all a parent CAN do.

  4. Sophia September 20, 2012 at 07:36 #

    HV, there was also a big fuss made about Jessica Simpson putting up a picture of her baby in a crocheted bikini (with a nappy underneath the bottom). What really perplexes me is the fact that some people were of the opinion that the image would have been less sexual if she had let her baby swim with just her nappy on. I mean, COME ON!! I understand that parents have to be vigilant, but COME ON! It’s the same as saying a woman is raped because she wore a mini skirt. Can we please find some sanity; rooting out those that find such images sexy is the right way to go.

  5. James Riske January 21, 2013 at 17:24 #

    What’s the problem? It’s just kids wearing a swim suit? So what? Are we Muslims, ? Shall we cover them up in robes? My God, what is the world coming to? Go to the beach, you’ll find thousands of kids in swim suits ! Oh the humanity ! Cover the children ! hahaha

  6. t.ceazar January 26, 2013 at 19:50 #

    I see nothing wrong witgh little girls wearing bikinis,as a father of two little girlls a 3yr and 6yr old both my girls wear bikinis at the beach my 3yr old takes her bikini off runs around naked ive never had a complaint and for hurleys girls i see nothing wrong YOU GO LIZ your girls are beautiful kids come on people get a life LIZ HAS A LIFE,u go liz

  7. Daisy April 5, 2013 at 12:23 #

    I think little boys love looking at sexy little girls

  8. Daisy December 3, 2013 at 20:05 #

    I don’t know what all the fuss is about, if men want to perv over them that’s the world we live in these days.

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