You may well remember the uproar a few months ago when it was revealed that Ambercrombie and Fitch (SP) was making, and selling padded bras and bikini tops designed for 7-12 years children’s’ age range. After much controversy, they now just sell padded bikini tops for those aged 12 and over.
I may sound an unfashionable prude here, but no way would my 7 year old daughter be parading around in any form of padded tops, bikini, bra or whatever it maybe. My 7 year old is a child, by wearing something like this it is in my eyes very inappropriate. Our children grow up way too fast as it is, why would any mother encourage a young child to wear a padded bra or bikini, are we not then saying, we must show the world we have boobs, the way we look is important? I want my children to remain children and not grow with the feeling that we must be something other than what we are not. I do not want my 7 year old daughter to have what looks like boobs, I do not want anyone looking at that area of her.
My 12 year old daughter already has bigger boobs than me so does not need padded bras or bikini tops, to be honest unless swimming or abroad on holiday, she would not be allowed to wear bikini tops at all, although I do see many young girls wearing them with a pair of shorts, that is a big no no for my 12 year old daughter. I would buy padded bras for her now she is at the age where all girls are starting to develop and if her friends all had boobs and she had none and it was effecting her, then I would buy her padded bras, for confidence reasons, I have no chest and unless I have gel or padded bras I am as flat as a pancake, this did effect my confidence, but that is as an adult, not a 7 year old child.
Am I being a prude? Would you allow your young child to wear them?
- Abercrombie & Fitch selling padded bikini tops for young girls (sfgate.com)
- Push up Bikini tops for 7 year olds? (estherlou.wordpress.com)
- SMH: Would You Buy Your 8-Year-Old A Padded Bikini Top?? (bossip.com)