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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 12:27AM
At that age it is up tho the parents to mke sure that what their children wear is the proper swim wear!
Sep 20, 2012 12:11AM
I think if women were told that they could not wear bikinis they would be protesting all over. Why keep girls from wearing the same bathing suit their mom wears.

Sep 19, 2012 11:55PM
little kids who wear this no wonder theres so many 12 and 13 year old moms
Sep 19, 2012 11:51PM
When I was a little girl (in the 1950s) it was considered perfectly OK for little girls (up to around age 5 or 6) to wear only bottoms as swimwear, and nobody thought twice about it. After all, the chests of little boys and little girls look just the same. I think the little bikinis are cute, but agree with the people who said they probably aren't comfortable for an active little kid - something one-piece and stretchy would work a lot better, especially for actual swimming. 
Sep 19, 2012 11:49PM
i want too get my granddaughter one its cute
Sep 19, 2012 11:47PM
I'm sorry, I don't get why this is an issue, my daughter will be 30 this year and when she was a tot she had bikinis, and no one accosted us for  her wearing age inappropriate clothing.  Grown up clothing for little kids has always been out there. It's up to parents to make the choice as to what is to much for their children.
Sep 19, 2012 11:47PM
Young toddlers have had bikinis for almost half a century and it becomes an issue now. Why? The little girls are adorable and it helps with them to grow up with a healthier self-image as long as their parents are there to nurture that image. The only thing wrong with these little girl bikinis are the fact that the world is now filled with deviant behaviors looking to harm a young child. As long as the parents are involved then let the toddlers enjoy the bikinis. I would be more cautious of what my teenage daughters were wearing to the beach these days with the barely there fashions popular in the media. Parent are the defining point in any wardrobe choices for children from 0-18. Get involved!!!
Sep 19, 2012 11:47PM
Its not so much  the skinkini but the peds out there. Leave the innocent alone. you scar them for life. common on control yourself or get help. children are beautiful. so leave them that way........
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