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LITTLE GIRLS SHOULDN'T DRESS
LIKE TEENAGE CELEBRITIES

As I was shopping for my 8-year-old cousin's birthday, a thought occurred to me. That thought was, thank heaven for little girls, but not their clothing.

I was shocked to see the fashions in the "girls" department. I had a revelation: if these sizes came any larger, I could wear them, and I'm 16. Yes, styles have changed, but the style for little girls is completely outrageous.

Call me old-fashioned, but what happened to girls clothing? I remember when I was younger that I would wear cute jumpers to school. I also wore jeans, sweaters, stretch pants, and cute T-shirts with the cartoon character of the month on it. Today, little girls are wearing shirts that carry suggestive messages such as "Hootie," "Flirty" and "Cutie. Are these the messages parents really want their children conveying to others?

Certain celebrities have way too much influence on the clothing industry. Just because a yard of cloth looks good on them doesn't mean it will look good on everyone else, or that little girls should wear clothes like that. Many young girls want to emulate celebrities, including how they dress. Parents should make their daughters understand the difference between class and trash, a distinction that will be valuable when they get older.

Society places so much pressure on young girls, especially with its emphasis on the female body. Too many teenage girls already face problems with eating disorders, such as anorexia, bulimia and binge eating. Does society really want 5- and 6-year-olds developing problems like these?

Five and 6-year-olds are beginning to look more and more like 12- and 13-years-olds. Where are their parents? Are they blind? Some parents think such clothes are "trendy." They are, but not for pre-teens. I know people who, dismayed at the clothing choices for young girls, have actually asked store clerks if there is another department for "girls." The clerks just repond with, "Well, you know, this is the style now."

The parents that think that this clothing is "cute" obviously aren't aware of the message their daughters are giving. However, some parents do have common sense and allow their daughters to dress trendy without looking trashy. Parents should not allow their daughters to dress like teenagers just because it is the fashion; they should have more common sense than that. Little girls are little girls, and that's how they should be dressed.

The clothes also are too revealing. In fact, they are so revealing I wouldn't even wear them. Young girls' body figures are not appropriate for the styles many of them are wearing. The "hip huggers" are made to hug hips, and little girls don't have hips. The stretch pants are made fo flaunt a women's figure, which young girls obviously haven't developed yet. Little girls should not be showing their stomachs simply because they are way too young to be doing things like that.

Little girls are little girls. They should not dress like celebrities or teenagers. They should not have to worry about impressing people; they will have plenty of time to do that later in life. They should not have to stress over their figures. They should not have to worry about how they look.

Little girls should be worried about being kids and trying to make their childhoods last for as long as they can.

AMANDA PINSKI, a sophomore at Immaculata Academy, lives in West Seneca.
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