According to Britain’s Daily Mail, British child protection charity Kidscape is accusing Elizabeth Hurley‘s Children’s wear line of bikinis, tankinis, and beach cover-ups of sexualising kids (not to be confused with Hurley Girls swimwear and rash guards). Pictures below are of Child Models wearing these pieces on her website. The line is for eight to 13 year olds and described as being “great for girls who want to look grown up.”
Kidscape director Claude Knights states, “It is very disturbing to see some inappropriate items in this swimwear range. The pieces that are very adult and which contribute to the sexualization of young girls – especially in the poses portrayed – do not take account of the child protection concerns that have been well-aired.”
Hurley’s team adamantly refuted these charges stating,”Our collections sell extremely well in (U.K. luxury retailer) Harrods and in numerous stores across America and the Middle East. Most of our customers are repeat customers who report that their kids adore the designs.”
Earlier this month, Kidscape criticized former child star Jessica Simpson for photographing her four-month-old daughter Maxwell in what they deemed a “totally inappropriate” yellow bikini.
While we always support protecting our children, we question whether Kidscape is going overboard in this bathing suit bru-ha-ha? We agree Elizabeth Hurley is breaking some fashion laws, but more because her designs are uninspired rather than risque and because of the overload of cheetah print on…well everything. We absolutely agree Hurley’s beachwear styles are “older looking” but older as in “My-Grandmother-in-Miami-has-that-same-outfit” and not a lolita-ish, come hither way. We’ve seen bathing suits for kids that seem age inappropriate or are questionably photographed but because those lines aren’t “celebrity-owned” (hence headline-making) no one is attacking them. Moms, what do you think?
Kidscape is committed to keeping children safe from abuse. Kidscape is the first charity in the UK established specifically to prevent bullying and child sexual abuse. Kidscape believes that protecting children from harm is key.
Kidscape works UK-wide to provide individuals and organisations with practical skills and resources necessary to keep children safe from harm. The Kidscape staff equips vulnerable children with practical non-threatening knowledge and skills in how to keep themselves safe and reduce the likelihood of future harm.
Kidscape works with children and young people under the age of 16, their parents/carers, and those who work with them.
- A Helpline offering support and advice to parents of bullied children
- Booklets, Literature, Posters, Training Guides, Educational Videos on bullying, child protection, and parenting
- National Comprehensive Training Programme on child safety & behaviour management issues
- Advice and Research
- Confidence Building Sessions for children who are bullied
Kidscape feels that this kind of work is vital given the frightening statistics that:
- Each year 10-14 youth suicides are directly attributed to bullying (The Home Office)
- Bullied children are 6 times more likely to contemplate suicide than their non-bullied counterparts
- 1 in 12 children are badly bullied to the point that it affects their education, relationships and even their prospects for jobs in later life
- 66% of paedophiles are known to the child