Monday

string bikinis for 5 year olds?

I am not a prude.

I'm really not.

But I have to admit that I was really taken aback by THESE PHOTOS of Cindy Crawford's five year old daughter modeling children's bikinis.

Little girls don't need to wear swimsuits modeled on bikinis worn by adults. The purpose of a child's swimsuit should be comfort for swimming and playing, and to look cute in an age-appropriate way. A string bikini for a five year old does neither of these things.

And the photo of this little girl topless with what appears to be a lower back tattoo is just frightening.

What in the world is Cindy Crawford thinking?

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Overall, that's....disturbing. A couple of them aren't bad, though. The pink and white stripes with the boy shorts is awfully cute.

Leslie said...

I just showed these to my 12-year-old son to see what his opinion would be. He said, "That is perverted."

I'm not sure I feel comfortable with bikinis for little girls at all--but if they wear them at all they should cover WAY more than that!

dedanaan said...

Why do these photos bring to mind the sad tale of Jon-Benet Ramsey.

Anonymous said...

you know, if you removed the topless one with the back tattoo I really do NOT see what the big stink is about the rest of them. the one with the boy shorts and the one with the two girls hugging looked pretty harmless to me. the one with the girl and the towel would have been just fine if the swimsuit didnt look like a miniature version of an adult swimsuit. but the topless one, yeah, creepy. I am not sure if whats creepy is that the picture was taken or simply that it was put out for all to see.
my daughter always got two piece suits, I never saw what the big deal was with the one pieces because frankly I think that skin tight spandex is far more revealing than an exposed torso. however I will say that the two piece swimsuits my daughter had came from the oshkosh outlet and looked pretty kidlike.

katie allison granju said...

I agree that two piece bathing suits are not necessarily inappropriate for little girls. That's not my issue with these photos.

ONE of those suits looks very adult. The whole point of a string bikini is to draw attention to the sexual areas of a woman's body. A five year old shouldn't be wearing it in an ad. And the one with her topless is scary.

Anonymous said...

I have two reactions to these photos: first, if I were to see any of these swimsuits on a little girl on the beach, I would think nothing of it. The string bikini suit is a little bit "grown up", but its normal for little girls to want to dress like mom---no biggie.

However, the second reaction I have is to the whole idea of modeling for kids, and how it seems to pander to celebrity and unmwanted attention that the moms should in no way want to bring on their child.

On the other hand, the mom in this case is a model and would have to be pretty comfortable with all that to allow her girl to be a part of it all. I wouldn't want it for my child, but then again, I'm not a model and tend toward the end of the spectrum that thinks it inappropriate to have your picture in the paper except when you're married and when you die.

karrie said...

The only appropriate outfit or picture, IMO, is the boyshorts set where the little girl is eating fruit. The others are dreadful. Like Bratz doll come to life.

Jon said...

All of those pictures look like the SI swimsuit edition but with children instead of adults. Even in the ones with arguably appropriate bathing suits (although I personally don't like kids in two-piece suits), the poses don't seem right.

Anonymous said...

yeah, I think the whole thing is about exploiting your kids by plastering their pictures all over for, what? your ego? if these pictures were from her private photo album and not made public, except for the topless one, I would have no problem with it AT ALL.
if the point of a string bikini is to draw attention to womens sexual areas and the reason the girl is wearing it is to be like mom, then the question begs to be asked: what are you teaching the little girl whether or not she is "allowed" to wear the string bikini if mom does it too. you are teaching her that when she is an adult she should parade her sexual parts around for all to see. that perhaps its a good way to find a man. I find it interesting that most of the teen girls I know (including my own daughter who wore a rather modest looking bikini at age five) swim in board shorts with a swimsuit top. their decision, not the parents. maybe they are onto something that some adults arent: swimsuit shouldnt be about advertising your merchandise to anyone with a pair of eyes.
it is all well and good to be appalled by little girls acting like this but if their parents are strutting around like exhibitionists then of course they will want to be like the adults.

dewi said...

It is NOT the bathing suits that are inappropriate, but the provocative poses and facial expressions the children were asked to make while being photographed.

Anonymous said...

Oh come on everyone,lighten up a little bit! In Europe people don't even WEAR bathingsuits. What's with the puritanical,backward thinking?

Anonymous said...

Yes, in Europe we're far more relaxed with swimwear, without being necessarily provocative or sexual. A lot of girls (including my own, at 4 1/2) will only wear a monokini (that is, the bikini without the top piece) until 7, 8 or even 10; others wear bikinis, and string bikinis as well; others still, swimsuits. It's funny, but living in a beach country I see loads of different swim wear and realize it's more a question of where you come from, not of who you are, that determines the sort of thing you wear. Northern Europeans tend to cover up more, maybe because of their light skin, than we do here in the South. Also, swimsuits are more associated with pools, not beaches, for some girls. Also it depends on what's fashionable for that particular summer. When I was 18 the "in" thing to wear were swimsuits, bikinis were so passé.
That said, I personally do not like the poses and attitudes at all of those photos - those are provocative and sexual, not the swimwear. It's sad that women (regardless of their jobs) exploit their own young daughters' bodies.

marta from lisbon

Anonymous said...

Yuk - I used to have respect for Cindy, she seemed real among the fakes of "Super Models", but c'mon did Cindy's mother think the topless one was wonderful of her granddaughter?

deRN said...

the pictures of cindy's daughter have been pulled ( the provocative ones) I just have two aspects to add to this incident. one, i'm an RN who has worked for close to thiry years with disturbed individuals. They don't change who they are attractive to, ever. people need to heed this. one even follows me around,very sneaky and he ends up going to a more secure surrounding. but the sad part is i did see the striped shorts and it was a cute picture. how sad that we live in a society that constantly has to look over our shoulders for something that is just fresh and innocent.

Dr. Neighbor said...

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Thanks, Kate.