Photo Credit: Melissa Odabash for Goop; Jordan Strauss/WireImage
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?
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