Breaking news! Three-year-old Vivienne Jolie-Pitt was spotted wearing bright red lipstick! Bright red lipstick, you say? This is huge!! We haven't seen bold toddler style like this since the heyday of Suri Cruise.
And now, let the detailed analysis begin: Is Vivienne merely emulating Angelina Jolie's trademark look? Is bright red lipstick really appropriate for a 3-year-old? Did Vivienne choose the right shade of red for her skin tone?
Are you kidding me?!
I want to make a very important distinction here, one that seems to be lost on far too many people: Everything we call "fashion" -- makeup, clothes, shoes, hair, etc. -- when we're talking about adults or teens or even tweens goes by a different name when we're talking about toddlers: "Dress-up."
Bright red lipstick on a 3-year-old isn't some kind of a statement. It's a decoration. An experiment.
Think about some of the other ways toddlers have been known to accessorize: With rubber stamps and a stamp pad (better hope that's washable ink, because every inch of your kid's exposed skin is going to be covered in it); with stickers, as many as possible (tip: peel stickers off your kid's clothes BEFORE you put them in the wash); with markers (again, better hope that's washable ink). None of these methods of self-adornment could be called appropriate -- because nothing a 3-year-old does is appropriate! That's the whole point of being a little kid!
Please, when my daughter was 3? Sometimes she wore a long blonde princess wig to the playground. Sometimes she wore a pair of fake eyeglasses from the Halloween store. Sometimes she wore a tutu. A crown. A kitty cat mask. Whatever, she was 3!
Do you think Vivienne Jolie-Pitt looks adorable in red lipstick? Would you let your 3-year-old wear lipstick for fun?