By Elizabeth Paige, GalTime.com
If you're a parent, you probably already know that Abercrombie & Fitch is under fire for a bikini top described as padded and 'push up.' The issue: it's made for girls as young as 7. Shortly after the controversy broke, the company released a statement saying thatthe description of 'The Ashley' had been changed, that they had removed the words 'push up'. The new description: "striped triangle" as opposed to the "push up triangle".
When we went to check the site today and the bikini is nowhere to be found. If you do a Google search and find an article with an old link and click it, you now get a message saying :
"sorry, the page you are trying to reach is temporarily unavailable or the page may no longer exist."
Was it removed due to the controversy? The bathing suit caused a firestorm with some parents and parenting groups. Our own parenting pro Dr. Robyn Silverman was on the Today Show this morning regarding the swimsuit. She told NBC: "The early sexualization of girls can cause a lot of problems. We're talking mental health problems, eating disorders, despression it's been linked with." She goes on to say, "It's not JUST 'this.' It's this plus the sexualized dolls, plus the other sexualized clothing, plus the messages out there. All of these things together create a picture that says you must look sexy in order to be acceptable."
We reached out to the company for comment, but have yet to hear back.
You may remember this is not the first time Abercrombie has been in the spotlight for pushing the limits. It caught flack for a thong in kids' sizes that had the words 'eye candy' and has also been flagged for marketing ads with young people in adult, sensual positions.
What do you think of the whole controversy?