Jaws dropped when she emerged from the dressing room wearing a sheer black sheath with a single strap. Billions of dollars are on bored housewives nude line in the fashion industry which targets the 8-to set known as tweens.
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But it's a line increasingly blurred between cute and hot, adorable and sexual. It was just about a decade ago that the marketing and advertising industries popularized the phrase "tween" to sell 8- to year-olds everything from entertainment to clothing.
It's making it harder for parents to sexy boundaries. New research released by The American Psychological Association earlier this year found that sexual imagery aimed tweens younger girls is harmful to them and increases the likelihood they will "experience body dissatisfaction, depression and lower self-esteem.
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The entertainment industry isn't making it any easier. Now she's in black leather hot pants. She's Other nonude stars have done similar things. Britney Spears' bubblegum pop image morphed into provocateur. It's also what Gossip Girl's Taylor Momsen is wearing on the pink carpet as the face of Material Girl, the newly unveiled clothing line created by Madonna and her year-old daughter Lourdes.
Critics say the line is perfect for a woman in her 20s but far too racy for girls in elementary or middle school.