Like all new moms, singer and businesswoman Jessica Simpson loves showing off pictures of her baby Maxwell whenever she can. But at least one photo — of her 4-month-old-daughter wearing a bikini — has drawn surprising criticism from some child welfare advocates.
During her first post-baby public appearance on Katie Couric’s new talk show “Katie,” Simpson shared a picture of her daughter in a mustard-yellow crocheted bikini with the audience.
“She’s posing,” Simpson said. “It’s her very first time to put on a bikini.”
The audience cooed at the image, according to the Huffington Post, but the criticism started almost immediately, first on the Internet and then publicly as well.
“It is very disturbing to see a young baby presented to the world wearing a bikini,” Claude Knights, director of the U.K. child welfare charity Kidscape told the Daily Mail, according to Us Weekly. “Celebrity choices carry great influence, as can be seen by the manner in which their accessories and manners are copied widely.”
British writer Tanith Carey agreed, calling the photo “inexcusable” in an article in the UK’s Daily Mail.
“A cute-faced baby in a halterneck bikini, her nappy encased in the tiny knickers, leans back in what can only be described as a disturbingly adult pose, her chubby hand placed on her creased little baby thighs. Even more creepily, there’s an adult male hand coming in from out of the shot, posing the helpless tot in the style of a centrefold model,” Carey wrote.
Added Kidscape’s Knights, “It is hoped that parents will understand that ‘baby bikinis’ are totally inappropriate and that they contribute to the sexualization and commercialization of childhood. We should not be compromising the sanctity of our children’s early years.”
So far, there has been no response from Jessica Simpson or her representatives.
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