Elizabeth Hurley Under Fire for Skimpy Little Girls Bikini Line
Should Little Girls Wear Bikinis?
Model and actress Elizabeth Hurley is under fire for her swimsuit line for kids that includes a leopard print bikini.
Some believe that Hurley is sexualizing young girls with the skimpy swimsuits that'd be better left to an older consumer.
Do you agree?
Take a look at a couple of the bikinis in question, which include young girls striking poses perhaps more suitable for adults.
Then again, it looks like people may be reading into it a little too much.
Hurley's Mini Cha Cha animal print bikini for girls under 8 is modeled by a young girl with her hands on her hips, while the Collette Bikini, for ages 8-13, is described on her website as "great for girls who want to look grown up."
Are the suits inappropriate?
Claude Knight, director of the child protection charity Kidscape, notes, "It is very disturbing to see some inappropriate items in this swimwear range. The pieces that are very adult and which contribute to the sexualization of young girls -- especially in the poses portrayed -- do not take account of the child protection concerns that have been well-aired.'
Siobhan Freegard, founder of parental networking website Netmums, adds, "I know a number of mothers who are concerned about the sexualisation of their children and would be horrified by their daughters dressing like mini-strippers."
Wow. Mini-strippers? Haven't young girls been wearing bikinis for decades now?
Hurley, in her defense, has been selling the bikinis for many years and is just now getting an earful of criticism.
The times we live in, I suppose ...
Hurley's spokesperson commented, "We are in our fourth year of selling kids' beach kit. 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.".