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As the mother of a tween girl and having once been a tween myself, I try to relate to the trends I see many impressionable young ladies imitating. After all, I may have hopped on the look-like-Madonna-in-her-"Like a Virgin"-video bandwagon in the '80s. But the appeal of stars like Katy Perry and Ke$ha has thrown me for a loop. Two years ago, to my utter dismay, my now 12-year-old daughter couldn't escape getting caught in up in Perry's "I Kissed a Girl" lyrics.
The bigger problem? Those lyrics now seem PG compared to hearing my young daughter rapping the lyrics to Ke$ha's "Tik Tok." "Before I leave, brush my teeth with a bottle of Jack, 'cause when I leave for the night, I ain't coming back" is one line that no mother wants to hear coming out of her daughter's mouth. Fortunately, I had predicted that my daughter would ask which brand of mouthwash Jack was, so I was prepared with my answer that "it's the kind that you need to be 21 to buy!"
Ke$ha’s party-hard anthem "Tik Tok," from her debut album Animal, should have prepared me for her image, which I can only describe as dirty. Most times, her look is true to her lyrics, as she frequently appears to have been partying with a bottle of Jack Daniel's all night long. The pop star's appearance often consists of flashy animal print mini-dresses, smudged eyeliner and disheveled hair -- not exactly a look that can easily be modified appropriately for tweens.
The 23-year-old star also willingly propels her bad girl image -- she even confessed on her Website to vomiting in Paris Hilton’s closet -- which inspired her song "Party at a Rich Dude’s House" -- and breaking into Prince’s home before finding fame.
Although she’s been dubbed “Baby Gaga” for her controversial style and sudden fame, her image differs from Lady Gaga’s. In my opinion, Ke$ha’s look, although flashy, comes off as cheap and trashy, whereas Lady’s style is more crafted and her outfits are conversation pieces meant to make a statement. Don’t get me wrong -- I don’t want my daughters dressing like either one of these famous pop stars, though I think if it were Halloween, Lady Gaga might be the better and more recognizable choice. If they chose Ke$ha, they might be mistaken for Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan or any other typical Hollywood party girl who looks like she's had a little too much to drink.
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