When I was a little girl I dabbled in my mom’s make-up, putting on lip-stick while she was getting ready, but I wasn’t allowed to wear make-up until I was well into my teens.
Well, according to a recent Toronto Star article, Walmart has introduced a new cosmetics line targeted at young girls aged 8 – 12. Yep – that’s right, a make-up and skin care line for 4 – 6 graders!
Today’s girls are growing up in a society that increasingly exposes them to adult concepts and concerns beginning at a very early age. While it is natural for young girls to be curious about make-up, a cosmetics line targeting them only reinforces potentially harmful messages about beauty and body image.
Girl Guide Members of all ages engage in discussions and activities that teach them media awareness, and encourage healthy self esteem and positive body image – learning that true beauty comes from confidence, courage, resilience and resourcefulness.
The launch of this cosmetics line has already stirred up a lot of discussion in the media – what do you think?
- What message does a make-up line for eight year-olds send?
- Does it perpetuate the perception that a girl’s natural beauty isn’t good enough?
By Nisha, GGC staff
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