Models in bikinis go with car shows like peas and carrots. But there was something a little odd about the bikini-clad girls at the Chutian Automobile Culture Festival in China recently. Those models? They were both 5 years old.
And to put a whole new spin on the battle over whether it's appropriate to dress a little girl in a bikini, the event's organizers have a reason for the stunt that's almost more bizarre than setting the girls out on the floor to be ogled in the first place. Nope, they weren't trying to sexualize them (or so they say).
They were trying to "encourage" them. No, really! Zhang Ping, general manager of the event’s organizers, 7-Wind Model Costume Co, said the goal of dressing 5-year-olds in bikinis and sending them out to model at the car show was to "boost their courage."
Their courage to do what, exactly? Stand in front of a bunch of grown ass people staring at them while they stood there half nekkid?
Listen, I'm not one of those moms who thinks that bikinis are such a huge problem. Technically the people who would look at a young girl in a skimpy bathing suit and be turned on are the real problem in this world.
However, I can't say bikinis for little girls are a real "solution" to anything either. If anything, they're a pain in the butt for the little girls wearing them with the top always moving off their nonexistent boobs, the bottoms falling off their non-existent hips, etc.
My real concern here is why anyone would pick "bikini" and "modeling gig" as best means to boost a child's courage. Just off the top of my head, I could think of at least five better options:
1. Superhero capes to let them play at taking over the world.
2. Superhero masks because everything is more fun when you've got a mask.
3. Books to help engage their minds and broaden their horizons.
4. Public speaking gig in front of the crowds at the show to build their confidence.
5. Teaching them something useful about the cars in the actual show ... maybe how to change the oil?
What do you think of having 5-year-old girls model in bikinis to boost their courage? What would you suggest they do instead?
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