We’re used to seeing headlines about “bikini bodies” and “dressing for your body type” in women’s magazines. But such headlines seem out of place when they’re in a magazine for girls as young as eight years old.
US magazine Discovery Girls has issued an apology for their article “Which Swimsuit Best Suits You?”
The article suggested “coverage is key” for girls who are “curvy up top,” and “straight up and down” girls were recommended to opt for patterns that “add curves”. Meanwhile, girls who are “rounder in the middle” were led to high-waisted bikini bottoms and suits that “nip in the waist”.
Following cries of outrage from parents and adults on social media, the magazine’s founder and publisher Catherine Lee issued a public statement on the Discovery Girls Facebook Page.
"I am in total agreement with all of you regarding this article, so much so that I wanted to make this letter as public as possible," she wrote. "We want to make sure that our girls know that any article that makes you feel bad about your body is not a good article, and should be questioned.”
Lee went on to add that the intention of the article was “about finding cute, fun swimsuits that make girls feel confident, but instead it focused on girls’ body image and had a negative impact.”
Despite Lee acknowledging their big mistake, adult subscribers continued to slam the publication for even publishing the story in the first place.
“Why on God's green earth do you operate from the premise that girls need cute swimsuits to "make" them feel confident?” one user responded.
Another user wrote, “This apology is weak. Girls who are the age of your readers shouldn't even be thinking about their bodies in this way.”