Gwyneth Paltrow was slammed for collaborating on a string bikini line for children that she’s selling on her GOOP website.
The Melissa Odabash for GOOP “exclusive kids New York bikini set” is selling at a retail price of $45. A string bikini modeled by a little girl striking a mature pose is posted on the GOOP website but many or not fans of the idea.
Experts claim the style sexualizes young girls and promotes eating disorders.
“This kind of sexualized children’s bikini line is not in girls’ best interest,” said Dr. Carol Fishbein, an Eating Disorder Specialist and Cognitive Behavioral Therapist. “We are sexualizing young, innocent children, before they will know how to protect themselves or be fully aware of what could be happening to them.”
Fishbein said the fact that the bikinis are held together by strings is extremely disturbing in itself. In addition to promoting eating disorders, they keep children from engaging in normal beach activities and enjoying the innocence of their youth, the report stated.
“These kinds of bathing suits promote low self-esteem, negative body image and eating disorders, because of the focus on the appearance of a young girl and keeping her restricted from being able to run around and enjoy the health and power of her own body through running and splashing in the water, jumping, doing somersaults and headstands,” she said.