A few weeks back we saluted Angelina Jolie for giving her daughter Shiloh the freedom to express herself and dress the way she wants. Shiloh’s latest wardrobe choice has the blogosphere buzzing.
Yup, that’s a pic of sweet Shiloh enjoying some pool time…in swim trunks. And no shirt. Jezebel rightfully wondered whether we should feel kind of weird looking at a shirtless little girl enjoying some fun in the sun.
The kumbaya mother in me wants to say there’s nothing wrong with with a little girl wearing swim trunks and she’s having fun so who cares if she has a shirt on. But if I’m honest, I must admit I would probably never let my daughter wear swim trunks. I’m not condemning Angelina Jolie for it–actually, good for her for being progressive enough to be okay with it. The truth is, though, I’m not there yet.
The shirtlessness is a whole other issue to me. This is the paranoid mother in me that knows there are disgusting perverts and pedophiles out there. Fine if you’re the average person and your child is swimming shirtless in the backyard. But when there are paparazzi stalking you and constantly taking pictures of your family, keep your kids covered to protect innocent images of their bodies from becoming some twisted predator’s fantasy.
So Angie, how about a compromise? We don’t have any issue with you allowing Shiloh to wear the swim trunks, but put a rashguard on that child. If not to cover her chest, then protect her from a sunburn. Here’s one that matches her blue trunks.
What do you think? Would you let your 4-year-old daughter wear swim trunks? What about letting her swim in a public pool without a shirt? Share your thoughts in the comments.
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