Rachel Zoe's Son Is Getting Flack for His 'Girly' Hair

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Uberstylist Rachel Zoe often posts photos of her 2-year-old son Skyler on Instagram. "Talk about bed head! xoRZ" was the caption for this latest shot, which showcases his amazing saucer eyes as well as his now trademark fluffy curls.

Pretty undeniably adorable, right?

Well, not to everyone. For reasons I don't quite get, this particular snapshot has inspired some pretty hostile comments

From the mild, "STOP MAKING YOUR BOY LOOK LIKE A GIRL" to the downright offensive, "Omfg are you nuts? Cut your kids hair you retard!"

First of all, whatever you think of Rachel Zoe's talent/show/persona/ clothing, why insult a little kid? Second of all, when did the world of little boy hair get so conservative?

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It used to be that boys had army-style buzz cuts. Now that only happens in my kids' school if there's a lice outbreak! Pretty much all the boys in grade school have some version of what would be called "long hair" if we were living in the 1950s. From shags to Bieber-esque side swipes to tresses you could easily put up in a ponytail.

Still, there's something about gender-bending hairstyles that gets a reaction from people -- old and young -- even in this day in age.

Last week, a little boy in my daugther's first grade class came to school with the front of his hair pulled into one of those high ponytails a la David Beckham.

The kid was wearing skinny jeans and a t-shirt and, I thought, looked pretty darn cool. Other boys in the class did not agree. He got teased and questioned and teased some more until my daughter -- a fan of ponytails -- told him that she thought he looked great and was "very brave."

What?! Since when is a ponytail brave? These are kids who are being brought up in a world where plenty of their friends have two daddies or two mommies, where many dads stay home and many moms win the bread, where antiquated notions of gender roles seemed firmly, securely in the past. But the hair! The hair is what gets them. 

The next day, quite impressively, the little boy brought the ponytail back. And nobody said anything.

What do you think of little boys with "girly" haircuts?

 

Image via Rachel Zoe/Instagram

behavior, celebrity, elementary school

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Rhond... RhondaVeggie

A pony tail can be gender neutral but she is clearly trying to make that kid look like a girl. It's one thing to blur the lines a bit but when you are going to such lengths to make your kid look like the opposite gender that's not healthy. 

MamaT... MamaTo2b2g

She obviously an exhibitionist moron

Chana... Chanandler.Bong

I don't know if this is true, but a friend of mine told me that in certain Jewish traditions, they don't cut boys hair until he is 3.  Perhaps that explains this?  Either way, people need to mind their own business and be nice.  

blunt... bluntcakes

i love little boys with long hair, they are children for petes sake and look at how beautiful he is sorry if her kid doesnt match up to societys standards 

ARK0501 ARK0501

Is she styling his hair or does it naturally curl like that? That makes a difference in my book.....

bills... billsfan1104

He is the cutest cutest little kid. But he does look like a girl here. But no one has any right to bash the kid or call her names

Jolie Joseph Rahn

I don't care how long a child's hair is, but, dang, keep it maintained.  This little guy looks adorable with his locks as they are nicely coiffed.  I have seen boys who's hair is so thick, straggly and unkempt, I want to take a razor to their head.

Knitt... KnittyTina

With hair like that I bet RZ is having a hard time even thinking about cutting it off!   Really, that is some gorgeous hair and maybe she's just not ready to let go of it yet.  My little baby boy has some amazing curls and one of my biggest joys is sitting down with him on the couch for a cuddle and feeling all that downy hair. 

Simon... SimonzKedge

The kid obviously just woke up, hence the pjs and bed head comment. You people need to get over yourselves, he looks adorable.

Shandi80 Shandi80

Boys don't generally use curling irons (or do they?), so I believe this child's hair has been styled in a traditional female's style...that said, I wouldn't know if he were a male, if they photo didn't tell me that. But really, whose business is it and who cares? Unless she is forcing him to appear femine, which would be wrong. The kid should be able to choose his hair style, not have it be forced upon him.

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