Actress Elizabeth Hurley has designed a line of bikinis for young girls that's being called "disturbing" and "inappropriate." Her website calls the swimwear "fun" and has bikinis aimed at tots under 8 and for girls 8 to 13. But a child protection charity in the U.K. says Hurley is sexualizing children. Claude Knight, the director of Kidscape, told the Daily Mail: "It is very disturbing to see some inappropriate items in this swimwear range."

A number of parents are also speaking out against the line, saying the clothing makes children look like mini-strippers. A study published online last July in the journal Sex Roles showed that girls as young as six years want to look sexy and consider themselves sex objects. Blogger/mother of a four-year-old girl, Jen M.L. wrote to the Huffington Post that when shopping for clothing for her daughter, "I am horrified by the choices we have for her to wear...there were several dresses that looked like they should come with a complimentary pole and hooker heels!" She says if consumers didn't buy this stuff, manufacturers wouldn't make it.

"I don't know who to punch: the manufacturers of this shit, the stars -- like Miley Cyrus -- who wear this crap, the retailers who stock it, or the consumers who buy it. I think, ultimately, the blame goes to the consumers -- US. If we'd just stop buying this misogynistic whore-wear maybe companies would stop trying to sell it to us and Miley would realize she's irrelevant and she'd go away." What do you think? Vote below:

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  1. brenda on September 20, 2012 9:13 AM

    I think the suits area bit skimpy for young girls.. This is the problem alot of outfits are way too old for these young girls.

  2. Amanda on September 20, 2012 9:27 AM

    Yeah, a little skimpy. I prefer to have little girls wear one pieces. There are too many perverts out there, we don't have to provide them with inspiration for more sick fantasies.

  3. ... on September 20, 2012 9:39 AM

    I agree these are a little too revealing for young girls but I don't think there's anything wrong with them wearing 2 pieces if they're done tastefully.

    The lady in the article does have a point though. I don't think we should be blaming celebrities like Miley Cyrus for dressing like strippers. We should only blame ourselves for encouraging manufacturers to make clothes like this kids. If we stop buying them, they'll stop making them because it won't be profitable.

  4. Roger on September 20, 2012 9:40 AM

    I'd really like to hear what Elizabeth Hurley's response would be!

  5. Nobody Important on September 20, 2012 9:55 AM

    I completely agree with Jen M.L.'s comments in the Huffington Post. This is utterly terrible.

  6. BM on September 20, 2012 10:28 AM

    Like ...on September 20, 2012 9:39 AM said. STOP BUYING articles that are not appropriate for kids, otherwise we have no one to blame but ourselves.

  7. Angela on September 20, 2012 10:31 AM

    These bikini's do not sexualize our children, we do. Consider every Disney movie you let your children watch... Belle, Cinderella, tinker bell, they are all beautiful with hour glass figures. Thumper's love interest (yes a rabbit in Bambie) was a trollup, batting big long eyelashes and swaying hips she shouldn't even have. Even Mrs Pott's has big beautiful eyelashes. Every imagine of woman is beautiful, sexy and sultry (even the animals) In our toy stores our daughters are encouraged to be a princess, play with princesses, or make jewlery and other shiny objects. Is there a girl on the box for that chemistry set? No way, we wouldn't do that to our girls. We start sexualizing our children, via the media, the moment they are born. The reason these types of clothing styles appeal is that they are the ideal we, as a society, promote. The cog is way bigger than one line, and pulling it or attacking the label namesake will go nowhere. I don't pretend to know the solution, I just want to make the point that the problem is much bigger than swim wear.

  8. Angela on September 20, 2012 10:33 AM

    That should have said every image. Not imagine :p sorry, should have proff read the comment.

  9. DENNIS on September 20, 2012 10:35 AM

    Don't we ever see kids of this age at the beach and swimming pools, and even at backyard home parties with pools wearing these kind of swm wear ???? Whats wrong ?? Does anyone say anything ?? NO ! Never ! Because its normal........ so, whay all the haalabulla now after Elizabeth Hurley has introduced her own line ???

  10. Pointer on September 20, 2012 10:37 AM

    In Europe, I've seen teen girls sunbathing topless with their families, (mother, father, brothers etc.) With that as a barometer, these bathing suits are perfectly fine!

  11. Dee on September 20, 2012 10:44 AM

    I blame parents for dressing children in this inappropriate clothing... maybe they think it's cute when they are little and undeveloped. Not so cute when they mature and are spilling out all over the place. I am sure that a line of swimwear thats appealing and age appropriate could be designed and marketed. There is no need for such skimpy costumes.

  12. m&m on September 20, 2012 10:44 AM

    whoever says these bikinis sexualize young girls are probably the same people that would blame a girl for getting raped because she dressed too slutty. you are whats wrong with society.

  13. be on September 20, 2012 10:57 AM

    If you think that way than there is something wrong with you, not every one is got there heads in the gutter.

  14. Bugsy on September 20, 2012 11:18 AM

    You people are the over-sexualized ones. These are little girls. You pervs think this bikini is too skimpy?!? You're the sickos.

  15. brian on September 20, 2012 11:41 AM

    What the hell are these people thinking when they design this garbage.

  16. JJ on September 20, 2012 11:42 AM

    I like the bikinis. Not sure how it is worse than being at the beach or pool and little girls are running around with just bottoms on... coppertone ad? I think they are cute and girly, not trampy... trampy is an attitude, not sure 5 year olds feel trampy. I think these suits have been around forever and people just like to complain...

  17. michelle Grenier on September 20, 2012 12:34 PM

    Unfortunately these kids pictures will be copied by many a child porn viewer. The truth is little girls should be able to swim in their underwear and not worry about it. But that cannot and there are people out there very happy about these pics and its just not ok to promote them this way.

  18. NIchole on September 20, 2012 12:54 PM

    Why do we want to have anyone, especially our children, dress like this? People think that seeing a woman in her bra and panties is risqe, but believe that a skimpy bikini like these are ok. What are we teaching our children when we not only buy stuff like this for ourselves, but for them also? While the blame does definately lie with the consumers for buying said crap, shouldn't those that we look up to, and hold as role models take some responsibility also? It seems that the smaller size you are the more of your body you feel you should show off. And if you don't fit that mold then there is something wrong with you. As a parent, I encourage my children to dress modestly. I have a two piece bathing suit, so do both of my girls. They are tankini's and cover at least as much, if not more than many one piece suits. It's not just bathing suits though, it's everything. It is getting harder and harder to find age appropriate clothing. Who ever said "I hope my daughter is a stripper when she grows up so I'll start dressing her like one now."? Seriously folks, if we teach our children by example, then we won't have to worry about what designers think should be worn. They will have to change what they make to suit the people, not the other way around.

  19. Ginger on September 20, 2012 1:11 PM

    Do you know who is designing these outfits...
    pervert pedofiles

  20. Serena on September 20, 2012 1:37 PM

    What is wrong with Elizabeth?? Is this what we want our young girls wearing. I am a mother of two beautiful daughters, and would never expose my girls by letting them wear a bikini in the age group sepcified. Elizabeth thought this would be fun, does she have little girls I wonder????

  21. Mia on September 20, 2012 1:44 PM

    All men should be offended by the majority of responses here because most of the people here assume every man is a rapist and a pedophile and does not have control of his sex drive. Each and every one of you is responsible for the non-sense that says a rape is the woman's fault because of her attire or behaviour and you've got it backwards.

  22. joe on September 20, 2012 1:48 PM

    I think Angela on September 20, 2012 10:31 AM is right the only people who would look at these girls and see sexual objects is the perv's out there. The body is a naturel and beautiful thing, we as a society teach our children that the body is a bad thing and should be hinden. These bikinis are no different then whats already out there and if you don't want your children wearing them than don't buy them.

  23. Ms. J on September 20, 2012 2:25 PM

    This is ridiculous. I wouldn't buy it because I prefer one pieces for little girls, but what's skimpy/ inappropriate about it?? I've seen several 2-pieces for little girls that look like this, and never thought twice about it. To each his own. I think they're just attacking her because her celebrity makes her a bigger target. This is stupid.

  24. Judy on September 20, 2012 2:37 PM

    I think 2 piece bathing suits are fine but these bottoms are a tad too low. Mind you I don't have girls...

  25. JEFF on September 20, 2012 2:52 PM

    I guest some of you would prefer to see them in burqa!

  26. Wendy on September 20, 2012 3:10 PM

    I think a good strong wave would remove these tiny little bottoms and THAT is the problem.

  27. Sue on September 20, 2012 3:19 PM

    Seriously??? How are these bikinis any worse than those sold anywhere else?? I'd have a problem with a little girl walking around a mall in one but to go to the pool or beach I don't see the issue. I went onto the site to see if there was anything more scandalous but nothing caught my attention. Some really cute one pieces too. I've gone bathing suit shopping with my daughter and most stores if not all carry very similar suits

  28. David Smith on September 20, 2012 3:30 PM

    I really don't think these swimsuit's "sexualize" these kids, but if you are against it maybe you should check out my new swim line called Burka's at the beach for toddlers.

  29. edward mclaughlin on September 20, 2012 3:48 PM

    Since children don't have breasts, why a bikini?
    A one piece suit makes more sense.

  30. Maria on September 20, 2012 3:57 PM

    If parents taught their kids to be comfortable with their body and the choices they make then we wouldn't have this issue! There is nothing wrong with these bikinis, those girls look adorable - People need to stop being prudes Today there are too many girls worrying about their weight and how they look, start talking to them at a young age so that they grow up loving themselves. And for those that have a problem with these bikinis, check out an episode of Toddlers and Tiaras - there is the problem!!!!

  31. Antoinette on September 20, 2012 4:20 PM

    What I'm offended by is that ridiculous looking hat. Who wears a leopard skin tuque to the beach?

  32. AD on September 20, 2012 5:19 PM

    Little girls aren't "whores" no matter what they wear. They also don't know what "sexy" is yet, they just know their friends and idols are wearing this stuff. Also, toddlers are liable to run around in nothing but a diaper/underwear anyway, it's innocent. A bikini does cover up the parts that need covering, and if they're comfortable playing in it then what's the problem? What would cause real damage is some idiot coming up and calling her a whore, like people seem to be doing a lot right here.

    That said, the leopard print bikini is actually a little creepy...

  33. NIcole on September 20, 2012 5:28 PM

    I wonder if we polled 100 men and 100 women... how many would find these clothes sexy.... probaly more women than men. The problem is not that the 2 pc. bathing suits are sexy. The problem is the way that men and women think about sexuality.
    There is nothing sexy or sexual about children. Regardless of what they are wearing. Anyone who looked at these pictues and thought that these girls were wearing sexy clothes - especially the women who are posting negative comments should be ashamed of themselves and are contributers to the problem. You are reinforcing these disgusting and negative thoughts and standards of acceptance in our society. It is time to stand up for freedom of choice and give our girls the confidence and power to wear what they want without fear of being judged, or verbally and/or physically attacked or "sexualized". Next we'll be saying that little boys shouldn't be allowed to go shirtless. All this because of a handful of chemically imbalanced sexual deviants out there. Is that what we let rule us. Or is this really about judgement. Imposing restrictions on others regarding what we don't personally like or find acceptable? We are all entitled to personal choice. If you choose to think like a sick bastard then you are the one with the problem. Kids have been running around half naked since the dawn of time. Little girls playing dress up at the beach or anywhere is normal.

  34. Mandi on September 20, 2012 6:57 PM

    Okay first of all, these styles are ment for WOMAN WITH BOOBS and I don't mean a, b, or c's those don't work, and obvi, children don't have boobs, unless the are chubby like I was but even then a normal swim suit is fine, not the baby tramp suits like these, I even see
    Pre-teens wearing this crap, seriously, only where this stuff if your old enough to have natural D cups atleast cuz then the style actually looks good, otherwise it looks like crap

  35. C-Dub on September 20, 2012 7:43 PM

    Both os these options
    Awesome! I'd let my daughter wear these
    Kiddie porn. I'm not buying this for my kid

    Are not available for me to vote on. the optio I would like to choose is: It's up to the parents how they feel, not the kids and not the rest of divided society.

    Parents are already allowing their kids to wear mid-drift tops and these tight black leggings, society was already allowing it. Liz Hurley's california connections probably see it in their society so it dictated fashion. Other areas of the world just might not agree with it.

    But in my actual humble option I wouldn't like my daughter wear a 2 piece until 18yrs. But most protective fathers should think that way.

  36. Kristin on September 20, 2012 8:25 PM

    I wore something very similar 30 years ago. I think folks are overreacting.

  37. D. Chan on September 20, 2012 8:26 PM

    All parents who are actually care for their kids' well-being should not buy these overly revealing clothing!! It create a lot of other society problem, e.g. giving more opportunity for those sick people who are into child pornography!!!

  38. krinneyd on September 20, 2012 9:27 PM

    I'm not sure where these are "revealing" they do cover private parts...so I'm baffled by these responses. I hear a lot of body shame coming from the comments. Sexy isn't a clothing line or clothes for that matter, it's the WAY they are worn and the ATTITUDE they are worn with. These little girls do not look sexy to me....sorry, I just don't see it. Perhaps it's the animal pattern, but kids like animals so I don't see a problem with that either. I agree with Nicole...it's the perception not the clothes. Why is loose baggy covered all over clothing less sexy?? I've seen people dressed perfectly "appropriate" (I am using that term loosely, since I think appropriate is in the eye of the beholder) and still exhibit obvious sexual behavior and attitude....no, it's not the clothing.....check your own fears and motives. No we don't need to give sexual offenders more fodder, but why to we have to change the way we clothe our bodies, no matter age, for that....that's a self control issue on the part of perverted people...why should be make that OUR problem!?

  39. Nobody Important on September 20, 2012 10:19 PM

    Bugsy on September 20, 2012 11:18 AM
    You people are the over-sexualized ones. These are little girls. You pervs think this bikini is too skimpy?!? You're the sickos.
    ---------
    moron

  40. Phil on September 20, 2012 10:33 PM

    the only reason we see these suits as inappropriate is because of our puritanical upbringing. we have been taught to think of our bodies as something to be ashamed of. people have no problem with babies wearing nothing but a diaper but then magically, they suddenly become too old and must be covered up. the fact that it is thought of as inappropriate is the reason some people find it titillating. showing any skin is considered taboo in Muslim countries, while in the Solomon islands, women think nothing of going around bare breasted (check out the reception that Wills and Kate got when they were just there)

  41. Olive on September 20, 2012 11:20 PM

    As someone who grew up without being able to wear these types of clothes, even in my teens, I think it is quite disturbing seeing this. I find it disturbing seeing all this overly sexual clothes on little girls. All this swimwear, along with halloween costume, crap that they sell to us is so stupid. Why cant a little girl look cute without having her middriff showing? Whatever happened to the little girls who used to look so cute and not sl*tty when they go trick or treating or to the beach? If only people would learn that just because you will eventually have boobs, does not mean that you have to sexualize them as soon as they can walk.

  42. Yawnie on September 21, 2012 2:12 AM

    Sorry folks. I wore these types of bikini bathing suits when I was 8 to 10 years of age and they weren't considered sexualizaion of minors. Although, in this day and age, and with the number of pedophiles around, I can see why parents would not want their children to wear them. I don't, however consider them inappropriate for young girls. I'm certain from things I've seen that those that have "developed" (10 - 15 yrs old) are wearing much worse. I agree that parents should put their foot down, but they are so afraid of their child being mocked, put down and/or bullied that they give in. So the consumer & the entertainment industry apprised of such "stars" as Miley, Brtitney & yes even GAGA are partially to blame, but the parents must draw the line somewhere.

  43. Tammy on September 21, 2012 9:44 AM

    OKay I agree that if you don't want your child wearing it then don't buy it. No point in harrasssing Hurley over this because walmart and other such stores carry the same thing. Shes not the first to do this.

  44. Ruth on September 22, 2012 1:51 AM

    Kids of this age should be wearing sun suits to prevent sunburns.
    Even one sunburn can lead to skin cancer.

  45. Jo on September 25, 2012 8:25 PM

    Unbelievably ridiculous comments ! One piece suits make more sense????? Invitation to molesters????

    Relieved to see many of you don't share these absurd thoughts....cute suits for kids, end of....

  46. Brenda Lawless on September 27, 2012 10:26 AM

    Totally disgusting kiddy porn, I can imagine sick creeps drooling over little girls wearing these suits. Maybe your child will be the star on a porn site wearing a too revealing bathing suit like these. Stop buying these peeps and maybe the people who design for our children will wake up.

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  48. Steven on November 27, 2012 5:19 PM

    I think these bathing suits for kids are just fine. I think you people are over acting. They are little girls not boys. They should get use to dressing this way when going swimming, but maybe not everyday other wise. Anyone that looks at these photos and gets off. That's their business. Your business is to protect your girls not over dress them and make them suffer.

  49. Luke on January 15, 2013 11:06 AM

    girls in these kind of swimsuits are sending the wrong message to little boys

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