Gwyneth Paltrow Sells Bikinis for 8-Year-Olds, Sparks Backlash

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Oh, Goopy. It's been a rough month for you. (I'm sure your month has been fine. You've probably been busy whipping up seven-course carbohydrate-free meals and then hanging upside down from antigravity yoga coccoons to aid your digestion. But! For the purpose of this article, let's pretend it's been rough.)

You were voted the world's most-hated celebrity. Everyone made fun of you for recommending we spend $500,000 on our spring wardrobes. And now, British anti-child abuse advocacy group Kidscape has called you out for hawking bikinis for 8-year-olds in your latest newsletter.

The pictures of the swimwear — part of a collaboration with designer Melissa Odabash and exact replica of her adult bikinis — were captioned "great for girls who want to look grown up."


The kiddie model does look grown up, if by "grown up" you mean "miserable." Maybe because no child, left to her own devices, would pick such an understated suit. Where are the bright colors? The ruffles? The metallic fabrics? The tropical fish prints?

"The dangers [of sexualizing children] have been discussed at length, so it is a great pity that such trends continue and that they carry celebrity endorsement," a representative from Kidscape said.

A spokesman for Paltrow called the criticism "absurd." He added: "Two-piece bathing suits have been worn by young girls for decades."
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