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Child Bikinis: Appropriate?

Elizabeth Hurley has a new line of bathing suits for young girls. Some are finding the bikinis 'disturbing.' Has fashion for young girls taken a dangerous turn?

Mini Cha Cha Bikini from Elizabeth HurleyActress Elizabeth Hurley has recently come under fire for her line of swimwear for young girls. On her website in the "8 and Under" section, the bikini shown here (the "Mini Cha Cha"), includes the description: "Teenagers love this, as well as younger girls. This is the mini version of a similar adult’s bikini." That makes us wonder: Should young girls under 8 years old really be wearing the same styles as adult women?

Claude Knight, director of the child protective charity Kidscape, tells The Daily Mail, "It is very disturbing to see some inappropriate items in this swimwear range. The pieces that are very adult and 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."

So it's not just the designs that have come under fire, but the way in which the young models are posing which contributes to the sexualized effect, according to some.

Hurley's site also boasts a "Collette Bikini" for the 8-13 age range, the top of which is held together at the front by a gold ring. The site describes it as being "great for girls who want to look grown up."

As we prepare for Halloween season, this topic is particularly timely. As a mom, I recall many anxiety-filled trips to costume stores with my then-preteen daughter, leaving empty-handed because the selection was so sex-centric. Sexy fairy costumes, sexy bumblebees, sexy princesses and even sexy nuns were everywhere we looked. We managed to make do with the understanding that my daughter would wear leggings under her dress and flat shoes rather than the high heels pictured on the costume bag. Still, the entire process left a bad taste in my mouth.

How much is too much when it comes to dressing young girls? Are we overly sensitive or has "fashion" gone too far? Weigh in below in the comments, or on our Facebook page.

Photo: elizabethhurley.com

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Sep 20, 2012 7:55AM
if you are looking at these children and you have to wonder if its "too sexy" or not, clearly you have the issue... they are toddlers and children... they are not sexy or anything of that sort in any way .wtf is wrong with this country. i love seeing my toddler in a bikini it is absolutely adorable. when is america gonna get over sex?
Sep 20, 2012 7:00AM

Most comments have made good points, but no one has mentioned this problem - a child playing in even small surf, or sliding down a slide at the pool, is going to lose this suit in a few minutes flat. Girls shouldn't be wearing suits that are not designed to be played in - that's what little girls are supposed to do right? PLAY, not be a fashion statement!  And that's to say nothing about the sun exposure!!!! Kids should be wearing tanks or shorts covered up by UV protectant shirts.  There's time for bikinis later!

Sep 20, 2012 6:53AM
Oh please... That bikini looks just like the ones they're selling everywhere else! Its just leopard for crying out loud.. Big difference...?! I've seen plenty of skimpy bikinis in Target and bought 2 of them for my little ballerina :) She's got beauty worth more than the entire universe and she knows it !
Sep 20, 2012 6:03AM
...and may I add ...that is why there are so many child molesters and pedophiles in this country because the way they are raised that sex is dirty.  Too much prohibition, too much sensorship, etc. and that is why young people get pregnant to young or go behind their parents back watching porn. The porn industry is incredibly lucrative, and why, because everything here is prohibited. I am not saying that things should have a time and a place but please...here in the United States there are many tabu and distorted minds because everything related with sex is bad...to a point that a lot of people are doing things ilegal...
Sep 20, 2012 5:49AM
A pedophile/child molester is not going to stop their filthy urges of molesting a child because a little girl is wearing a bathing suit like this one...they are going to do it anyway whether the child is wearing something like this or with a dress they are predators period!!!
Sep 20, 2012 5:22AM
  That little girl looks cute as can be.... it covers everything  it should for someone that age or older...I have 2 grown daghters ( and Grandkids) that age and find the bikini outfit  absolutely appropriate...You sicko pedephiles need to get your mind out of the gutter and stay away from comment sites like this. The whole thing amounts to the parents should make all choises in what their children wear period...
Sep 20, 2012 4:55AM

Children should not be making decisions about they wear. Their know nothing about perversion* sexual predators or pedophiles. In today’s society these people flourish only because parents are naïve enough to believe their child is bullet proof. There is no shame in being cautious. The shame is only painful at the grave site.

Sep 20, 2012 4:52AM
Is this the kind of things that we want our children to wear. Let's  just put a sign on them saying the are ripe for molesting. We are making our children grow up to fast nowthis country is not getting better it's getting worse.  keep our children safe, don't expose them to dangers of molestation and other dangers.
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