OMG: Elizabeth Hurley's Bikini Line For Young Girls Called 'Disturbing' And 'Inappropriate'
Posted by Katie Ostoich on September 18, 2012 at 10:19 AM
Actress Elizabeth Hurley calls her line of swimwear for girls "fun" on her website. But parents, along with a child protection charity in the U.K., have had a different reaction -- they're accusing Hurley and her brand of sexualizing young girls.
"It is very disturbing to see some inappropriate items in this swimwear range," Claude Knight, the director of the charity Kidscape told the Daily Mail.
Knight points out pieces like the "Mini Cha Cha Bikini," an animal-print two-piece for girls under 8 and the "Collete Bikini," a suit that is held together by a gold ring and is meant specifically "for girls [ages 8-13] who want to look grown up."
Of course it’s meant for girls who want to look grown up! Every 12 year-old wants to look grown up!
Another comment? Siobhan Freegard, founder of the community Netmums told the Daily Mail that she knows "a number of mothers who are concerned about the sexualization of their children and would be horrified by their daughters dressing like mini-strippers."
Wow. Of course as a mom you want to protect your kids and obviously not have them grow up too fast, but am I missing something here? Looking at those bikinis above, I don’t see anything different than what I saw all summer long at my pool. If someone sees these girls as sexual, well, I think there a bigger issues there than the bikinis.
Our verdict: OMG. I don’t really see the big deal here. The suits just look really ill-fitting to me, not that “disturbing,” “trampy,” or “slutty” like thecommenters on Huffington Postseem to think. I bet Liz Hurley just wanted to design some cute suits with pink and leopard print like pretty much everything you’d see at a Justice store.
Am I really missing the point here? Or do you agree that this is a lot of outrage for something that can be easily avoided by simply not buying the product? Let’s discuss in the comments!