Jessica Simpson is in hot water this morning, after she shared a picture of her four-month-old daughter wearing a bikini on public TV.
The 32-year-old singer showed a picture of Maxwell Drew on Katie Couric’s new TV show, and critics are lashing out, calling it “wrong” and “just awful”.
Claude Knights, the director of Kidscape, said yesterday: ‘It is very disturbing to see a young baby presented to the world wearing a bikini.
‘Celebrity choices carry great influence, as can be seen by the manner in which their accessories and behaviours are copied widely.
‘It is to be hoped that parents will understand that “baby bikinis” are totally inappropriate, and that they contribute to the sexualisation and commercialisation of childhood.
‘We should not be compromising the sanctity of our children’s early years.’
Others condemned the bikini on Twitter after seeing it online. One wrote: ‘Jessica Simpson posts a photo of her 4-month-old baby in a BIKINI – wrong wrong wrong.’
Another added: ‘A baby in a bikini?! Dear God, some people are just wrong!’
A third wrote: ‘I just saw the most ridiculously posed photo of Jessica Simpson’s baby in a bikini. Just awful. Poor poppet.’
In January, supermodel Cindy Crawford was criticised for allowing her ten-year-old daughter Kaia to pose in a short skirt.
In a report last year into the sexualisation of children, Reg Bailey, chief executive of the Mothers’ Union, said: ‘Parents are telling us they are worried about the pressures on children to grow up too quickly.’
Where do you stand on the baby-bikini drama? Do you think it’s totally inappropriate – or totally cute?
Here are some new pictures of Jessica and her fiance Eric Johnson arriving back in Los Angeles after their trip to NYC.
Source, Photos: FameFlynet