Are Gwyneth Paltrow's Bikinis for Little Girls Too Sexy?

Gwyneth Paltrow's lifestyle web site Goop is under fire for selling skimpy swimsuits for little girls

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow and her lifestyle web site Goop are sometimes slammed for being out of touch with the average mom, with her picks for ultra-pricey fashion, restaurants and hotels. But now Goop's under fire for something entirely different: sexualizing little girls, according to the UK's Daily Mail

In a special collaboration with designer Melissa Odabash, Goop is now selling a navy string bikini for girls, starting at size 4. "Now your daughter can have a Melissa Odabash bikini, too," reads the description -- just like Mommy's! 

Because what mom doesn't have the pert boobs and tight butt to rock an itty bitty bikini after popping out a few kids?  

But back to the girl bathing suit. I am a mother of an 8-year-old daughter, who recently floored me asking for a string bikini. I didn't even know she knew what one was. I've let her wear bikinis in the past, so she couldn't understand why I said no. I have nothing against a two-piece; they sure do make bathroom trips easier. But as she gets older, and closer to an age where I won't have a say, I'm drawing the line at triangle tops and bottoms that can come off with the tug of a string. I just want her wearing a swimsuit that's all about, well, swimming, not about looking older or cute for boys. After all, it's kind of hard to ride the waves and do cannonballs in a suit that covers less than underwear. 

It's not fair to pick on just Gwyneth, though. Abercrombie & Fitch came under fire in 2011 for offering padded bikini tops for 8-year-olds, and actress Elizabeth Hurley faced similar criticism in 2012 for a line of skimpy girl suits. Most recently, Victoria's Secret faced a firestorm of controversy for selling sexy undies to tweens. In fact, tons of other retailers offer triangle-top styles not unlike this one. Clearly there's a market for it. But I'm not buying into it. Would you?

Read more:
Gwyneth Paltrow Bathes With Her Kids: Are They Too Old for That?
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