What do you think about girls, some as young as 9, visiting an "image consultant?"
I think it's whacked (plus look at the lady in the image coaching the kid).
Can we not just allow our kids to just grow up semi-naturally? Do we have to plan and organize and assist with every move they make?
The Washington Post reports on this hot young market in "The Minor Makeover;"
"In the past couple of years, the market of 12-to-20-year olds has
absolutely grown," says Los Angeles stylist and image consultant Abby
Michelle Moll, who works with adult clients and their kids. "It's being
driven by the media and the Internet."
The Post goes on to report that reality shows like "How Do I Look?" and "What Not to Wear" usually
center on the remarkable before-and-after transformations of the
participants. Maybe it was only a matter of time before the trend hit
teens and preteens. The idea of perpetually camera-ready teens is what
youth market analysts call KGOY, "kids getting older younger," which
is, of course, no new phenomenon.
Jezebel's perspective on this trend is spot on;
"It seems a little strange that some of the issues re: self-esteem
are being addressed externally as opposed to internally."
Let me tell you something – kids have a style of their own. They figure out this stuff on their own. From my 6 year old son demanding to wear ONLY silky sports shorts and tank tops (with no undies or free-balling as he likes to call it), to my 9 year old daughter mixing together the oddest get ups you've ever seen – and she looks so dang cool.
Parents, let's not butt in on this process.
Hold back on shoving what is likely YOUR insecurities on your kids.
Let''s give them a chance to grow into who they are meant to be.
Image: My babies on the pier up north just a few days ago.