At first I was outraged. Do people dress their little girls like this?
Then I was saddened when I realized that yes...some people do. And those little girls grow up thinking that it's okay.
I personally am not a fan of bikinis for little girls. Tankinis? Yes. Our Abigail last year LOVED her ruffled bloomer bottoms and 3/4-length surfer top suit. I know that some little girls don't fit into one-piece suits well (because they are tall and skinny). I know two piece suits work better when potty training - and for using the potty altogether for little ones (and big ones!). Tankinis and surfer style suits are perfect for these occasions. But not a fan of the bikini for little tots.
Even if I were okay with it though, I can't imagine that I'd be okay with these suits by AquaMarina.
In fact, I almost didn't post the images on this blog - that's how uncomfortable they make me. But then I decided for the sake of letting you know what is out there chasing after our girls, I decided to do so.
This is the email I sent back to the PR company:
[PR Rep's name withheld] -
First I want to thank you for contacting me for a PR pitch for my blog. I look forward to trying out new products for my readers and sometimes offering them the chance to win some of their own.
I have worked with [company name withheld] in the past with no issues.
However, this pitch has me completely dumbfounded.
These suits are atrocious. I have a 2 year old daughter and a 6 year old son and I am floored that swimsuits like this exist for little tots. They are far too adult, far too sexy, far too revealing. And these little girl's poses are nauseating as well. It makes me feel dirty just looking at them.
Although I would like to continue to receive more PR pitches from various companies, including [company name withheld], please do not send me any other offers that are not family-friendly.
As far as this pitch in particular, not only am I not interested, but I will be using it as an example on my blog as to what is stalking our little princesses in this world. No, I will not be using [company name withheld]'s name in the post, but I ask that you strongly reconsider doing business with companies that would subject little girls to this type of advertising and attention.
I will go home tonight and hug my little girl just a little tighter and pray for her protection in a world that offers options like this for little children.
What in the world do you make of this? Am I a total prude or does anyone else have a problem with this?