When new first-time mom Jessica Simpson appeared on Katie Couric‘s new show Katie this Monday, September 10, she shared a photo of her gorgeous 4-month old daughter Maxwell in a sunny yellow knit bikini. The seemingly harmless move sparked outrage from a British child welfare charity Kidscape.
Its executive director Claude Knight called the outfit “totally inappropriate” telling the British tabloid the Daily Mail “It is very disturbing to see a young baby presented to the world wearing a bikini” and adding
“celebrity choices carry great influence, as can be seen by the manner in which their accessories and manners are copied widely. We should not be compromising the sanctity of our children’s early years.”
She scolded, “it is hoped that parents will understand that ‘baby bikinis’ are totally inappropriate and that they contribute to the sexualisation and commercialisation of childhood.”
What are your thoughts? Is it much ado about nothing or hypersensitivity? Did the group have a point and it inappropriate for Jessica to outfit a baby in that way?