Bindi Irwin Urging Young Women To “Dress Their Age”

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She’s a wildlife warrior and daughter of the real life Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin, who tragically died in 2006 while “on the job”, swimming with stingrays, one of which fatally stung him underwater.

16 year old Bindi, the oldest of the Irwin children has grown up in the Australian and international media spotlight and has become a spokesperson for wildlife just like her dad. However, being a teen girl and being in rather a unique position in the media that her dad didn’t have, Bindi has also been quite outspoken about other things on her mind.

She has spoken publicly about her passion for conservation (of course) as well as education for girls around the world. Bindi has been called a role model for the next generation of Australian girls by well-known Aussie journalist Mia Freedman, because she is using her voice, rather than her looks as a positive force.

The star of a TV show called ‘Bindi’s Bootcamp’ where a group of kids go through various tests and obstacles in the wild including interacting with various animals, Bindi recently spoke about the way young women dress these days.

Although she has grown up wearing Khaki’s, and still does while she is working, Bindi has started to mature like every other teenage girl and is very interested in fashion and “girly” stuff.

“I suppose the last year or so really I’ve been starting to have some fun and see what I can do with make-up and wardrobe and be a little bit of a girlie girl,” she told the Australian press.

But one thing she will never do is wear revealing clothing, and she hopes others will follow her lead.

“I’m a big advocate for young girls dressing their age,” she said.

“I mean, for me, I look around at a lot of young girls that are my age and they’re always trying to dress older. Whether it’s wearing revealing clothes or hardly wearing any clothes at all, I feel really bad for them.”

It is a big statement to make, and one that is certainly a hot topic with quite a few notable celebrities doing the exact opposite of what Bindi is saying.

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“A lot of times I want to grab these girls and say ‘look … in 10 years you’ll regret this. Just dress like who you are. Don’t try so hard. A pair of jeans and a T-shirt is just as gorgeous and even makes you look classier’.”

“The way I choose to dress, I want to influence other people around me I suppose.”

“I want to be able to look back and say, you know what, I made a difference, even if some people might not have agreed with it,” Bindi said.

Bindi, who is currently studying for a Business and Tourism diploma by correspondence while she works and travels with her family and Australia Zoo, went on to say she knows it can be tough being a teenager, but staying true to yourself and believing in yourself are important pieces of advice to get through life.

Her remarks on young girls covering up could bring about mixed reactions. There have been a lot of discussions about “slut shaming” and the freedom for girls to be able to express themselves without being told what they are wearing is the cause of things such as rape and sexual assault.

While Bindi didn’t explicitly mention anything to do with rape, it is definitely a fine line between telling girls to cover up, and suppressing their form of self-expression.

However, the has some good points and certainly some good intentions. One look at her life and career which has not been about what she is wearing or how she looks shows that perhaps she has a pretty solid point about using your voice and your passion to lead, rather than your physical appearance.

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There are definitely a number of uber-famous popstars and celebrities who have decided to use their bodies and sexuality as their message. While everyone has a choice, it comes down to what type of example you want to set. For celebrities, being a role model or influential in any way is kind of a default job description, whether they acknowledge it or not.

Rihanna, for one, has openly spoken about her disdain for being a role model or inspiration, and she has ever right to say that. But when someone like her is appearing at the CFDA awards wearing nothing but a see-through fishnet stocking leaving noting to the imagination, what kind of a message is that sending to her young fans? Because whether she acknowledges or cares about it or not, it’s the millions of young girls and young women around the world who have made her famous, and for her not to care about her public image in that sense is almost like a slap in the face.

But like we said, ultimately that’s her choice and if she is willing to live with it, kudos to her.

Bindi Irwin telling girls not to wear revealing clothing could be taken as a way to suppress girls and their individual sense of style, but at least it shows she cares. She may not have the type of following that Rihanna has, but she has a firm grasp on her role model status and is keenly aware that what she says will have a huge effect because of her celebrity status.

Above all else, we believe a woman shouldn’t be valued only for how she looks, but unfortunately in the world we live in, it plays a huge part. There are so many messages out there and an equal amount of opinions. It is up to us as women navigating and decoding these messages to figure out how we want to live our lives, and what is right for us.

All we hope to do as a website is present these different messages and allow our readers to think for themselves.

On a positive note, it sure is delightful to see young Bindi Irwin continue her dad’s legacy and taking a stand for something. Good on ya girl!

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3 Comments

  1. cheryldelp says:

    She may be young, but she is smart! Good parenting and good example has gotten her where she is today and will continue to help her through life. I sure hope her message gets to young girls and they heed her smart advice.

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