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Shiloh Jolie-Pitt In Swim Trunks… And Nothing Else. What’s Your Take?

Mom Jeanine
August 6, 2010

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A few weeks back we saluted Angelina Jolie for giving her daughter Shiloh the freedom to express herself and dress the way she wants. Shiloh’s latest wardrobe choice has the blogosphere buzzing.

Yup, that’s a pic of sweet Shiloh enjoying some pool time…in swim trunks. And no shirt. Jezebel rightfully wondered whether we should feel kind of weird looking at a shirtless little girl enjoying some fun in the sun.

The kumbaya mother in me wants to say there’s nothing wrong with with a little girl wearing swim trunks and she’s having fun so who cares if she has a shirt on. But if I’m honest, I must admit I would probably never let my daughter wear swim trunks. I’m not condemning Angelina Jolie for it–actually, good for her for being progressive enough to be okay with it. The truth is, though, I’m not there yet.

The shirtlessness is a whole other issue to me. This is the paranoid mother in me that knows there are disgusting perverts and pedophiles out there. Fine if you’re the average person and your child is swimming shirtless in the backyard. But when there are paparazzi stalking you and constantly taking pictures of your family, keep your kids covered to protect innocent images of their bodies from becoming some twisted predator’s fantasy.

So Angie, how about a compromise? We don’t have any issue with you allowing Shiloh to wear the swim trunks, but put a rashguard on that child. If not to cover her chest, then protect her from a sunburn. Here’s one that matches her blue trunks.

What do you think? Would you let your 4-year-old daughter wear swim trunks? What about letting her swim in a public pool without a shirt? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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  • Suzanne
    August 6, 2010

  • I agree that she needs a cute shirt like the one pictured. My niece wears cute matching trunk and tops and she is 13, she doesn’t feel comfort with the attention girls get from wearing bikinis or skin tight clothes.

  • Iris M. Gross
    August 9, 2010

  • I don’t think any of us gets to decide. If anybody’s wrong, it’s the paparrazi for even taking a picture of her. The girl is FOUR. If she were 13 and a b cup yes there is impropriety there. Please remember these kids are being raised pretty much in Europe where they are not to be saddled with American hangups about sex.

  • Winnie
    August 10, 2010

  • Dressing Shiloh as a boy since birth is CHILD ABUSE. Paedophiles will have this on screen saver by now. Jolie is a terrible mother. SAVE SHILOH!

  • LolaJay
    August 12, 2010

  • European girls very young until pre puberty swim on public beaches topless. Why should Shiloh wear a shirt? The papparazzi are invading her privacy!

  • Katie
    August 12, 2010

  • I’m sure if you look back at photos of those us us Brad and Angelina’s age when we were 4, you’ll see plenty of little girls in swim bottoms and no tops. I know my photo album growing up in California is filled with them. Fashion for children, including swimwear, is a fairly new phenomenon–I don’t think the marketing potential of that demographic had really been explored until the 80′s or 90′s, and our expectations of what children should wear come out of that targeting as well as our growing fear of pedophiles (who would watch children at pools no matter what they are wearing, I am certain). I imagine that this family is very careful about where their kids swim and their privacy–there is no reason for little girls swimming in a private location to have to worry about covering their tops. She’s FOUR! Shame on all the magazines who pay photographers to follow celebrity children around mercilessly snapping shots through bushes and the like.

  • Rachel
    August 12, 2010

  • Why don’t they just put a tattoo on her back….”pedophile candy”

  • chele
    August 12, 2010

  • OK…get a grip! She is a small child! When I was little, I played outside and jumped in pools etc, without a shirt on! Perverts are going to find something they like whether the child has a shirt on or NOT. Let the kid be a kid!

  • gina
    August 12, 2010

  • She is only a little girl, she doesnt need to wear a shirt yet if she doesnt want to.

  • Meagan 'Jones' Friedman
    August 12, 2010

  • I think if YOU think it’s wrong for her to not be wearing a shirt, then you shouldn’t have posted it on the internet.

  • Antonia
    August 12, 2010

  • She is a little girl and can wear whatever she wants. Some girls (like mine)want to wear sundresses in the winter or tutus all day… or even to bed. Who cares. Let them wear what they want. You should have more important things to worry about like their health.

  • Justine Pierson
    August 12, 2010

  • Seriously people, I can’t believe some of the negative comments. If you are that worried about pedophiles then little boys need to wear shirts too but you don’t care about that, do you? Little boys have just as many predators after them but that’s not the real issue, it’s sexism which is clearly shown by this ridiculous article. Angelina and Brad are being amazing parents by letting Shiloh be and act like she really is, and I think she will come out a much better person for it! Kudos to letting our children be their real selves and by not oppressing them! Our society is so very sexist against women, please please don’t be a part of it!

  • hadassah
    August 12, 2010

  • Why does she need a shirt? Because society says so. Where this society shows behinds and everything else and say nothing! I wore no top when I was little like that shoot my little one if she could would go outside naked she likse to be free!! She is a little girl who probably a little tomboy that is expressing her self. She also might be going through a phase. I remember a client of mine child had male and female organs and what they did they just put the child in clothes that were unisex. Until it came that the child had more male hormes the child is now a teenager and doing well. I truly believe that is what is going on with Shiloh and to be honest it is none of our business pray and let her and her parents be…

  • Sylvia
    August 12, 2010

  • Are you people retarded? I am now unsubscribing from these mailings because of your retarded posts about Shiloh not wearing a shirt, or dressing like a boy. She is a LITTLE GIRL! Get over it. And SHE’S NOT YOUR KID, so it’s none of your business. The only people sexualizing this little girl are the ones worrying about if she’s dressing like a girl or a boy, or if she should be wearing a shirt to swim in. You people need to get a life.

  • Deb Cieri-Munster
    August 12, 2010

  • She’s a child…She doesn’t need to wear a top. My parents didn’t have me in a swim top when I was that age. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with it. It’s not obscene or disgusting. It’s healthy and natural, exactly what our children should grow up thinking about their bodies. And if we worry about what a pedophile thinks everytime we leave the house, we’d never leave the house…be real, people!

  • Kim
    August 12, 2010

  • I personally would not let my female child out without a top on but that was how I was raised but I also wouldn’t let her wear half of the bikini’s out there either. when she’s in a bathing suit she alway s has a rash guard on. My daughter is a total tomboy and refuses to wear pink. She wears superhero t-shirts, plays with cars instead of dolls, thinks she’s ironman. So I think its fine if that is what she likes. If for nothing else then just for the sake of Sunburn she should be wearing a shirt.

  • Lorie-Bill Shewbridge
    August 12, 2010

  • I have to agree with you, if you are in your backyard with nobody around, swimming without a shirt for a little girl is no big deal. But when photographers track your every move and you know that pictures of your children are going to be on display for the whole world to see – ESPECIALLY wackos, you truly need to be very careful that there are no photos that can be misunderstood as salacious.

  • me
    August 13, 2010

  • for all anyone knows, this could be a picture of a boy! She’s swimming, she’s having fun… what’s worse, is that pictures like this get attention. As long as her child is not in any danger (which I’m sure Angelina and Brad have the all the security they need!), then leave them be! There’s much more important things to worry about in the world. It’s not like she’s “developed” and frolicking around half-naked… that would be a different story!

  • Sarah
    August 19, 2010

  • If she were in Europe she would have no clothes on at all and no one would bat an eyelash.