Jessica Simpson’s baby picture of new daughter Maxwell Drew in a bikini is attracting some criticism after the singer unveiled the photo on Katie Couric’s new talk show.
The picture of the four-month-old in a lacy yellow bikini drew critics almost immediately after the broadcast ended.
“It is very disturbing to see a young baby presented to the world wearing a bikini,” Claude Knights, the director of Kidscape, a British child welfare agency, told the Daily Mail.
“Celebrity choices carry great influence, as can be seen by the manner in which their accessories and behaviors are copied widely. It is to be hoped that parents will understand that ‘baby bikinis’ are totally inappropriate, and that they contribute to the sexualization and commercialization of childhood. We should not be compromising the sanctity of our children’s early years.”
BuzzFeed writer Whitney Jefferson joined in the debate, writing:
“Dear baby Maxwell: this may be your first embarrassing moment that you’ll end up hating your mother for, but it won’t be the last.”
But others said they didn’t understand the fuss about the Simpson baby picture. One BuzzFeed reader noted that babies often go around in just diapers — or even naked — so it didn’t make sense to fuss about a bikini.
In the interview with Couric, Jessica Simpson also touched on the weight gain that became tabloid fodder during her pregnancy.
Simpson said that she “put on more baby weight than I was planning,” but added, “I have to separate myself from the world’s expectations and really just look inside myself and be healthy with myself. I want to be a phenomenal role model for my child.”
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