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.