Simpson Baby Picture: Baby Bikini Causes Backlash

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Jessica Simpson has been in the spotlight quite a bit lately, first for gaining what the media deemed to be a huge amount of baby weight while pregnant with daughter Maxwell, then for having said daughter, then for not immediately shedding that baby weight once she was home from the hospital. Now, she’s under fire for sharing a photo of Maxwell wearing a little yellow bikini during her interview with Katie Couric, which some say promotes the sexualization of children.

“It is very disturbing to see a young baby presented to the world wearing a bikini. Celebrity choices carry great influence, as can be seen by the manner in which their accessories and behaviours are copied widely. It is to be hoped that parents will understand that “baby bikinis” are totally inappropriate, and that they contribute to the sexualisation and commercialisation of childhood. We should not be compromising the sanctity of our children’s early years,” said Claude Knights, the director of a child welfare agency called Kidscape.


Many agreed with Knights, but in comment forums, the debate often sided with Simpson, with users saying babies and small children often wear just diapers in the summertime and that a bathing suit is simply a cute way to cover up. But it seems that no matter what Jessica Simpson does, the world will always be divided on their opinions of her.

Simpson Baby Picture: Baby Bikini Causes Backlash
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  • Cati

    I don’t understand why this is such a big deal. Millions of babies are put into bikinis every summer. Just because Jessica Simpson is a celebrity, why does that mean that both she and Maxi can’t have a “normal” moment? I think it’s adorable and people need to calm down and just breath.

  • Niccole

    give me a break….that’s about all i can say to this nonsense.

  • Liz

    What’s the big deal?!!! Babies are always photographed naked with their butts up in the air, at least Maxi is covered up. Chill out people…

    • alina

      seriously? i swear you people are so bored with your lives you have to find anything to complain and critize about!! what about all the diaper commericals with the babies running around in a diaper and nothing else? or the johnson commericals when the babies are in the bath tub? or you see their toosh getting lotion on it? what do you call that? unbelievebale!

  • kris

    Are you kidding me what is the big deal??!!! 50 yrs ago when I was a kid we would be in just a diaper and TOP less nobody look at us sexually, It is people like YOU that make us look at children like sex objects instead of just little innocent babies at lease she has her baby covered up… You go Jessica dress your baby however you want to and the Hell with what people think!! Your Daughter is beautiful

  • Tricia

    OMFG really????? It’s a sweet little baby girl with a bathing suit on.
    Get a LIFE people. Try some real news for a change! UGH

  • Olivia

    Who cares ! The photo is extremely cute and the only reason people care is because she is famous .

  • Pam

    People seriously need to chill out… at least the kid is covered.. you know how many people out there let their kids go topless, or just with a diaper on… A LOT…. GET OVER IT.. IT’S CUTE..

  • trisha

    Seriously…Mr. Knights needs to get a life ! This picture is nothing more than an adorable BABY in a cute outfit. He should pick on grown women who dress like hookers. Something is wrong with HIM if he sees anything wrong with this picture !

    • http://yahoo Allison

      that is the smartest thing I have heard…ever!

    • http://webpronews.com sandy wroblicki

      PLEASE! Any person who sees that adorable little baby in any way other than cute in her bathing suit, is the one who has a serious problem! Today things are just getting out of control with picking apart everything that especially the celebrities do… I am a christian with five(now grown)children, three of them being girls and my girls wore all kinds of cute outfits and even two piece bathing suits such as little Maxwell’s as a baby…and never in my wildest imagination did I ever associate the way I dressed my little girls with being inappropriate in any way shape or form…it wasnt ever even a thought of mine and I don’t know Miss Simpson, but I am sure that was not her intention either! She is a proud new mother, as she should be… the baby is gorgeous…so give her a break!!

  • Jackie

    If you see a baby in a bikini and you’re sexually aroused by it. The problem is with you, not with the baby.

  • http://yahoo Allison

    OMG. Really. She is a baby…she looks adorable. Who ever has a problem with it can go head somewhere. It is a bathing suit. RETARDS!

  • http://yahoo Allison

    People need to seriously pick their battles a little better! There are a million things wrong with the world….WAY WORSE THAN AN ADORABLE BABY WEARING A 2 PIECE BATHING SUIT!

  • Amanda

    Sooo…what about Toddlers and Tiaras? Shouldn’t that show be banned then? How is that not sexual? A baby girl in a bikini is cute. Does she have makeup on her? NO. only PERVS would think of this as being sexual. Only reason why people are being BABIES about this is because it’s JESSICA…everything else she has done in the past has been wrong too right? Just let people live their life and get over yourselves and your jealousy. assholes

  • linda

    how crazy!! A cute baby in a bathing suit,, causes a sexual problem.???. I think mr Knight needs to check his own problems.. the baby looks adorable.. futhermore most babies seen at pools are in diapers only,,whether boys or girls..grow up and deal with real problems..

  • Jules

    I think the picture is very cute, not scandlous at all. This so-called “expert” whatever he is needs to get a life.

  • Mia Velasquez

    Maxi is just adorable in her bikini. Lighten up people…..

  • http://webpronews Jennifer Foreman

    Come on…it’s the dead heat of summer and Jessica’s ADORABLE baby girl is in a cute lil diaper cover and top. The people that call this sexualization are retarded….If you see it as a sexual objected child, you are no less than a pervert! It’s a baby. What ever happened to teaching us to be comfortable in our skin? This world is whacked out of it’s mind! Congratulations Jessica! She’s beautiful, you are beautiful and please let your baby girl be comfortable with her own body and you be comfortable with yours!

  • Christina

    Had the baby been bare butt everyone would’ve thought it was adorable….photographers take pics of naked babies (shots of their behinds) all the time and we are criticizing this?!?! Had the baby been in just a diaper no one would’ve said anything but “awe how cute”. Seriously people find a better story, you waste so much time sweatin the small stuff it’s causing the real problems in the world to get ignored.

  • mary

    That is a gorgeous baby girl. She looks cute as a button. Knight is an idiot, or he has weird fantasies himself. No functioning adult could possibly see anyhting but a cute baby in that picture. Unless, like I said Knight is twisted in his own thinking.

  • Lindsey

    This baby is gorgeous and the “baby bikini” is soooooo cute! What is the big freakin’ deal?????

  • http://yahoo P. Smith

    Is this lunatic (Knight)serious? This is just a cute baby in a bikini. Where’s he going next in his sickness? Oh, I know….No more pictures of our babies in the delivery room, right after they’re born, because they’re naked! Get a life, you pervert!!!

  • Nicole

    People need to get a grip. If you’re turned on by seeing a baby in a bikini, then I think you’re the one with the problem not Jessica. It’s adorable and it’s fine because it’s a baby and I think we all can handle a little baby belly. If you want to start teaching modesty at an early age, then okay, but aren’t all swimsuits a little immodest, huh?

  • nicole

    I think the people that see this as anything other than an Adorable baby girl in a cute outfit are the SICK ONES!!! If they are looking at the pic and thinking about “Sex” in ANY way they have a SERIOUS problem!!!!

  • myrkaalvaez

    Beautiful, Beautiful Baby Maxwell. Bikini looks hand embroidered…
    very nice. People make negative coments, just because they have
    nice to say.

  • Katherine

    People enjoy making a big deal about something small. I’m sure if she was not a celebrity and this was posted on facebook everyone would comment and say Maxwell looks beautiful. Is she in a girdle? Is she in a thong? Get over yourself and leave her alone.

  • Hannah

    Jessica, girlfriend, don’t let the haters get you down! Little Maxi is BEAUTIFUL, and her bikini is presh! THERE IS ABSOLUTELY, COMPLETELY, 100% NOTHING WRONG WITH A BABY WEARING A BIKINI!!! Mr. Claude Knights, shame on you for wasting your time and giving a new mother something else to fret over! Get a freaking life!!!!!

  • amy

    *rolling eyes* at Claude Knight
    Really, a baby bikini? Who cares? Parents take pictures of their newborns and infants in the buff or diapers all the time. Nothing wrong with this photo at all. It’s adorable and innocent.

  • Sarah Gallion

    Give me a break.. people post pictures of their babies in diapers all the time. She’s a beautiful baby and only someone with a sick mind would think it’s inappropriate to post that picture of her.

    Get your minds out of the gutter.

    • Tee

      I agree with you 100%. What idiot thinks of a baby as being ‘sexy’? I don’t care what their wearing, that’s just not a term that comes to mind when I think of any baby! I could see people being outraged if she had her on drag queen makeup and heels, but a bathing suit . . . really???

  • jan b

    ohforchrissake…lighten up people..this is a baby…get a life!

  • Marcie

    OH I think baby Max is just adorable. The bikini is cute. She’s just a baby, folks, lighten up. She’ll be as gorgeous as her mom when she grows up.

  • Tee

    Whatevs…people take pics of their babies naked on a rug all the time…or just a diaper..this is the cutest pic. Stop hatin just cuz she’s a celebrity!

  • MHT

    Leave her alone and let her enjoy being a good Mom to her precious baby. Maxwell looks adorable. This is just the same thing any new mom would do with their baby – this is the swimsuit out there for new borns. Eeryone should show support for new moms – Jessica included – not heap on criticism!

  • Marcie

    Forgot to mention, she looks like a Kewpie doll with her hair brushed like that. I adore Kewpie dolls. I have a collection of them.

  • Athena

    I think this is the most crazyest thing iv herd…it’s her baby odvesily no one else’s.i could understand if she was hurting her but she isn’t get over ur selfs and talk about something more then a baby in a bikini.!

  • Carol H

    OMG! I cant believe this is an issue. It’s a baby. As said in the article, babies often are seen in just a diaper. This covers it up. I think its a adorable.

  • JF

    Is there anything this girl does that won’t cause some idiot to criticize her????

  • sunshine

    Oh lighten up! Seriously, babies are on the beach all the time in just diapers only! Call CPS! Those parents are so wrong! All her critics need to get a grip.

  • dika

    Okay really-_-
    This isnt something that puts her baby in bad light. What she did, did not hurt the baby in anyway and I honestly think its quite adorable.

  • Rhiannon

    Seriously people…..both of my daughters grew up wearing bikini’s, I assure you there was no “sexualizing” them. The baby is surprisingly cute, with a very cute bathing suit. Stop with the stupidity.

  • susan

    Pic is adorable. She is such a dollbaby :)

  • Melissa

    Seriously, everything JS does will be somehow wrong… She’s too fat, her baby was too big, her weight fluctuates too much.. WOW, now people are saying things about what her baby wears.. It’s a baby.. About the only time you can get away with having them wear stuff like that.. It’s cute and she’s a young mom and she’s not doing anythingwrong! At least she gives a crap and loves her baby!

  • Denise

    If anybody saw this baby as looking “sexy”, there is seriously something wrong with YOU.

    • mp

      I AGREE!

  • Betty Boop

    Claude, did your parents ever take a picture of you in a diaper??? In a swim suite??? Babies are presented to the world naked!!!! You need to spend this energy on kids who really are being promoted sexually, i.e. Tots and Tiaras

  • Ann

    Just another stupid thing to talk about.

  • dvadva

    OMG SMDH! 1st its she gained to much weight then it was because she had a baby then its she didnt drop the weight fast enough now its she took a picture of her baby in a swim suit. People please. All woman gain weight thats what happens when you are pregnant. It was her and her mates choice to have a child not anyone elses. It takes time to lose weigt after having a baby not unless you get lipo right after birth. as long as her child is healthy and not being harmed I dont see the issue. Its an adorable pic so people who see something wrong with it need to get over themselves. I see way more disturbing things on these reality tv shows. Like on toddlers and tiaras with the little girl stuffing her bra, so if you want to complain about something complan about that.

  • Jessica

    I’d rather see an adorable 6 month old sporting a cute bikini, then a 15 year old girl with her boobs and her butt hanging out of her swimsuit. Teenagers are dressed so provactively and people are honestly concerned with a baby in a bikini. If your looking at infants like that, your the only ones with problems.

  • Janie Dixon

    There use to be a TIME you could take photos of your children bathing, just being CHILDREN whether diaper or no diaper, clothes or no clothes and this Beautiful Baby in a bikini is just THAT no MORE and no LESS!!!! Keep Life Simple and STOP judging everyone if you don’t want the Predators then Lock em’ UP for Good or put them on Death Row!

    • Sunny

      I agree 100% percent!

  • MissyD

    Oh gome on….really!!! It’s an adorable picture!! I swear – people should get a damn life!!

  • De

    Very adorable picture in the little bikini
    Beautiful child

  • lemmy

    I believe that there is absolutley nothing inappropriate about a baby in a bikini. This is so ridiculous!

  • karen

    Really? Leave this poor girl alone, she looks great and the baby is adorable, as far as the bathing suit goes…. she’s a baby in a bikini, so what? Jessica is always being judged, she seems to be a fantastic mom and I am really happy or her.

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