Tuesday, 1 June 2010
Celebri-Tots and Diddy Designers
With Suri Cruise the new Celebri-tot and push up bra's the latest thing for under ten-year-olds, the question on every mothers lips lately is "are our little ones growing up far to fast?". The answer to that is of course debatable.
First and foremost, the clothes on offer to the children such as padded bikinis for the under five's, and heels for their barely developed feet are undeniably bad. Taken from experience after five years of wearing heels about five times a week-they're damaging! Or, if you're going to wear heels, slap on a pair of five year old Jimmy Choos, don't waste time on Primark! (In other words, only shove your child into heels if you can afford the surgery in years to come).
As for the push-ups and the padding; if the parents who buy these for their children want this to look normal, well then pad out the hips and the thighs while you're at it; chuck in some teenage kind of mood swing and watch how quickly their little girl disappears in front of their eyes. Which is essentially what their choice of clothing is doing to their child.
Because any normal little girl would gravitate towards the pink princess dress, the Sleeping Beauty outfit or the teddy bear. If the child herself is demanding the sexy underwear, any normal parent would be concerned. Children don't read the papers or watch the news. They don't read gossip magazines or follow Perez Hilton. The people responsible for wanting to look like Suri Cruise are the adults.
On the other end of the spectrum, in the same way a little girl would zone in on a pink dress, in modern day terms, that pink dress is a J'adore Dior t-shirt. The Minnie Mouse outfit is sparkly Hannah Montana get up and the teddy bear will be the new Princess and the Frog Wii game. None of these items exemplify sex in the same way kitten heels and make up do, they're just a reflection on the times we live in. Maybe parents shouldn't be fretting about what the children want to wear, but how much the bill will add up before they leave home.