On Monday, 16-year-old Kylie Jenner posted some shots of a photoshoot she did with her sisters and mother in Malibu on Instagram. The above, with Khloe Kardashian, features a pretty white gown and dark red lipstick. It’s this photo, however, that is causing a stir:
Hey, look, it’s a girl in a dress! An ugly, revealing dress, but that’s it. Here’s how the Daily Mail, the never-ending volcano spewing the best of comments, described the photo in a post titled, “Too much too young? Kylie Jenner, 16, wears a VERY revealing white dress during photo shoot and shares picture with fans.”
Her sister Kendall may have just turned 18 over the weekend, becoming more mature in her age.
But many often forget that her little sister Kylie Jenner is still only sweet sixteen.
However, the young teenager looked years beyond her years by donning a very revealing dress in a photo shoot on Monday in Malibu.
Kylie’s hair and make-up too were very mature, with her brown locks coiffed in tumbling waves and a rather heavy application of plum lipstick.
The teen’s look was more akin to what one of her elder sisters would wear, such as Kim Kardashian.
1) Ugh. Stop calling it “sweet sixteen” — a phrase that’s almost exclusively used for females — as it somewhat infantilizes her.
2) Eh, I get what they’re saying about the “beyond her years” thing, but to be fair, she’s like 5’9″. I looked “beyond my years” with or without makeup growing up because I was tall and had wide hips. It’s not necessarily the dress or makeup that leads to looking older.
3) The post then goes on to discuss Jenner’s love life, including her potential link to Lil Twist and past dates with Jaden Smith. So, the Daily Mail is interested in discussing (and snapping shots of) the dating habits of a teenager but thinks it’s gasp-worthy for that same girl to wear a low-cut dress?
I get it: we don’t want girls to “grow up too fast.” And yet there are countdowns to 17-year-olds suddenly “becoming legal,” as though at the stroke of midnight on a girl’s 18th birthday, she’ll suddenly start handing out blowjobs to any guy who was creepily excited about it. I don’t think there’s a big ol’ problem with how teenage girls dress so much as there’s a huge issue with how teenage girls are viewed, treated (including by the media) and sexualized in the minds of other people. If you’ll recall, the Olsen twins wore pretty tame outfits and there were entire websites dedicated to celebrating their sudden legal status (you know, for extra creepy folks who fantasize about underage girls suddenly “becoming women” and incest).
I’m not saying I don’t think the females in the Kardashian family are likely warped in how they view normal behavior and adulthood; Kris Jenner is quite possibly the most obnoxious momager ever. Like, ever ever. But I do think that getting all in a tizzy because a high school girl wore a low cut dress is pointless and silly. I mean, all that really matters is that she’s dating Iron Man, right?