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Bindi Irwin: Part of A New Movement?

    June 27, 2014
    Lacy Langley
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Bindi Irwin ignited a debate recently which started with an interview with News Corp Australia. She spoke of modesty and how girls her age should cover up and just be who they are.

Bindi Irwin, who will be 16 next month, said this of her peers that bare too much, “I’m a big advocate for young girls dressing their age. I mean, for me, I look around at a lot of young girls that are my age and they’re always trying to dress older. Whether it’s wearing revealing clothes or hardly wearing any clothes at all, I feel really bad for them. It kind of has the opposite effect in some ways … it kind of does the opposite where it makes you look younger and like you’re trying too hard.”

The daughter of Steve Irwin, the late Crocodile Hunter, and Terri Irwin seems to be the next sign of a trend that is seeing more young women covering up, being themselves, and leading a more simple life.

The trend Bindi Irwin is riding involves those like Duck Dynasty star Sadie Robertson, Preacher’s Daughters star Kolby Koloff, and the Duggar daughters from 19 Kids & Counting.

The movement toward a more subtle and confident self for teenage girls is a breath of fresh air for the girls that are coming into that age (and a relief for those of us with pre-teen daughters). It seems that the days of seeing just how brash and nasty a girl can be, lead by the likes of Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga, are starting to fade and some would call that a good thing.

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So where does Bindi Irwin, who admits she has an 86-year-old soul, get her inspiration to just be herself and enjoy the lack of pressure to out-raunch her peers?

“To be able to have that outlook on life is such a blessing,” Bindi said. “I’ve gotten that from my mum especially. The way I choose to dress, I want to influence other people around me, I suppose.”

“I love a cup of tea and a good book and none of that [other stuff] really interests me… I guess growing up at [the] Australia Zoo and getting to travel all over the world, I have this great outlook on life and that’s what I hope I inspire other kids to have.”

I think Bindi Irwin’s stance has encouraged many young girls out there to just be who they are and, despite the over-reaction and backlash she received for her honesty, Bindi Irwin will be an inspiration to a generation of girls searching for a simple solution for the question of how they should be.

Do you agree or disagree with her stance?

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  • Angel DeRue

    Good for her! She’s growing up to be a beautiful young woman and doesn’t need to sexualize herself like many girls her age. I don’t have any daughters myself, but if I did I would pray every day for them to grow up to be just like Bindi.

  • AUNT JENJIE

    WHAT A BREATH OF FRESH AIR!! I WISH MORE PEOPLE WERE LIKE BINDI, YOUNG AND OLD!

  • Anu Surapaneni

    Thank you Bindi…..your article told me that i should be me & live with what i have………..love lahari & aditya

  • Denise Flores

    I am so proud of you Bindi for speaking up and being yourself. You set the atmosphere by how you dress and conduct yourself. I agree with you on dressing modestly. It shows depth of character and that you value yourself.

  • vic

    Now that is what a young woman should be, confident intelligent and beautiful and she don’t need to expose herself to prove it

  • diane

    Her mom must be very proud of her daughter. If her father was still alive I think he would be beaming with pride too! Now this is a good role model for teens.

  • arwenlumos

    This is exactly what should be promoted out there for young girls. Too much exposure out there in the media, magazines, music etc to show girls you have to be sexy or do butt dances to get attention or to get a boyfriend. At that age I was into art and books and getting into lip glosses , tamagatchi, lisa frank etc. now young girls are talking about condoms, twerking, thigh gaps. ugh ! I’m glad she’s staying in a path that would make her dad proud. keep it up bindi. She is a great role model for teens everywhere !

  • K808

    “…Bindi Irwin will be an inspiration to a generation of girls searching
    for a simple solution for the question of how they should be.” The last part of that statement is the whole problem. Young girls wanting someone else to tell them how they “should” be. As a parent, our responsibility is to teach our kids how to use their heads and make wise choices instead of letting the media and their peers decide what “they should be.” In order to be yourself you have to get to know yourself which is what many kids these days, and adults for that matter, don’t spend enough time doing. Instead they waste their time following what other people are doing and end up losing control of their lives. Bindi has had the opportunity to be around nature and to travel which opens up her mind and outlook more than your average teen. It’s great that she’s a fresh voice but ultimately the onus in on the parents and what they’re striving to teach their kids. Even then, there is no guarantee your child will make smart choices, but at least with consistent guidance they will have a rudder to help steer them away from trouble.