Bindi Irwin is ready to ditch the khaki adventurer gear and take on a more glamorous look.
The daughter of the late Steve Irwin has followed in her dad’s footsteps, taking an active role in animal conservation, but said she is also ready to stake her own place as a fashion icon as well. And she’s already been doing it — Bindi turned heads earlier this month when she shared a glammed-up black-and-white Instagram photo.
Now, Bindi Irwin said she’s ready to trade the khaki for more fashionable looks.
“I’ll always feel most comfortable in khaki surrounded by animals, but it is really fun to try different styles,” Bindi told Us Weekly. “I’m kind of stepping away from khaki.”
Bindi, who has been in the public eye since she was a baby thanks to her famous father, has been using her popularity to send a message of acceptance to young girls. On her popular Instagram photo, Bindi told girls that they don’t need to seek validation to know that they’re beautiful.
“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others,” she wrote on that snap. “You need to accept yourself. ‘What you do, the way you think, makes you beautiful.”
Bindi has also tried to empower young adults through her reality show, Bindi’s Bootcamp. The show featured teams of bootcampers going through wildlife-based challenges that tested their strength and stamina. The finalists were named Bindi’s Wildlife Warriors.
Bindi said she wants to do something that would have made her late father proud.
“That’s my end goal,” she told Us Weekly. “He was like our living, breathing superhero. He was so passionate and clever.”
But while she may be trading in khaki for dresses once in a while, Bindi Irwin said that girls don’t need to be racy in order to get attention.
“I’m a big advocate for young girls dressing their age,” she said. “I mean, for me, I look around at a lot of young girls that are my age and they’re always trying to dress older. Whether it’s wearing revealing clothes or hardly wearing any clothes at all, I feel really bad for them. It kind of has the opposite effect in some ways…it kind of does the opposite where it makes you look younger and like you’re trying too hard.”
Bindi Irwin won’t put the khaki away completely. The Irwin family — including her mom Terri and brother Robert — still run the Queensland’s Australia Zoo, which Steve Irwin took over in the late 1990s.
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