If you're a TWEEN?
Now, I understand that this magazine thought it was trying to be helpful. But when their target age is 8-12? What? My daughter is nine and here's what she wants in a swimsuit: bright colors. If it doesn't ride up her butt. She doesn't know about curves and fat because she's NINE.
She wanted this one because of the colors.
She liked this one because of the flower. And that it was "different" from other swimsuits.
She..okay, I made her wear this one. But she doesn't care. So long as she gets to play in water, she'll wear whatever.
The matching swim cap is adorable. It's probably the last year I can get her to wear it though.
And then my sweet daughter asked if she could wear a bikini because some of her friends wear them. I wrote about why I'm not comfortable with this. But then I told her she could wear something called a "tankini" and she agreed.
"I love this!" she gasped, twirling around in front of a mirror. She didn't suck in her belly. She didn't check out how her butt looked. She just twirled and twirled and twirled. Because she doesn't focus on fat. She focuses on fun.
Basically the moral of this post is to let kids be KIDS. I'm proud my daughter isn't panicking over her body shape. She'll have time for that later. But for now?