Jessica Simpson Criticized for Taking Photos of Baby Maxwell in a Bikini

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What could be so harmful about an oh-so-cute baby bikini?

A lot, according to child-welfare advocates, who are slamming Jessica Simpson after the she revealed a photo of her four-month-old daughter, Maxwell, in a two-piece during on Katie.

During her appearance on Katie Couric's new talker Monday, Simpson — who debuted her slimmer post-baby shape in an all-black, Roland Mouret peplum dress — opened up about joys of motherhood, calling it "a dream" and "absolutely amazing."

The singer-turned-fashion-designer proudly gave viewers a peek at her growing baby girl in her very first bikini — a mustard-colored, crocheted two-piece.

But the photo has proved to be quite controversial.

Simpson – who is engaged to fiance Eric Johnson – has come under fire for dressing her daughter in what some deem an inappropriate bathing suit.

"It is very disturbing to see a young baby presented to the world wearing a bikini," said Claude Knight (via The Daily Mail), director of charity Kidscape. "Celebrity choices carry great influence, as can be seen by the manner in which their accessories and manners are copied widely."

"It is hoped that parents will understand that 'baby bikinis' are totally inappropriate and that they contribute to the sexualization and commercialization of childhood," he continued. "We should not be compromising the sanctity of our children's early years."

And on Twitter, detractors took aim at Simpson, whose rep did not return Celebuzz's request for comment. "Jessica Simpson posts a photo of her 4-month-old baby in a BIKINI – wrong wrong wrong," wrote one crtiic.

Another added, "A baby in a bikini?! Dear God, some people are just wrong!"

Do you think Simpson crossed the line with Maxwell's tiny bikini? Share your thoughts below.

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  • Brian

    The GIRL is called Maxwell? Pretty difficult to find a less feminine name than that. Maybe if Jessica has another girl, she could name her Hector? As for the bikini, I thought it was weird when I clicked on the link, but after reading that the kid is a girl, I don't see a problem.

  • anon

    Oh please, it's not suprising that she would do something like that, She's only doing it to start up the fame about her baby already because she had such a hard time getting attention as a kid herself. Typical jess simpson move.

  • anonymous

    the bikini isn't the problem. it's the way it's fat mother posed it. and it's face.

  • jen

    Do you not see the irony that you're the only one here picturing the baby in a g-string and pasties? You're hilariously ignorant.

  • jen

    Oh my god, lighten up. People post pictures of their babies in just diapers all the time and there's nothing wrong with that. Just because it's a "bikini" doesn't mean there's anything more to show. If some people see a baby in a bikini as sexual, there's something very wrong with THEM. Some women are such prudes, it's so annoying. There's nothing sexual about a baby's fat little stomach, perverts.

  • steph

    Lets face it, there are way worse things happening in the world and we are criticizing a cute baby in a bikini! seriously-_-

  • Sandy R.
    Sandy R.

    Grow up World.!!!!!! There is nothing wrong with the picture of Jessica Simpson's baby in a bathing suit. She looks very cute. Jessica don't let this bother you.

  • uhavetheproblem

    Jessica's baby weighed almost 10 lbs at birth vs your precious Harper Seven at a whipping 7 lbs... Pop out a baby at over 9 lbs and tell me then the baby is scrawny and tiny. And there is nothing wrong with a baby in a bikini... if you look at it as a sexualized manner then you have the problem.

  • Nachthymn

    I thought people were angry because the baby was a boy being put in a bikini, now I feel a little embarrassed to realize it's a girl. Who names a girl Maxwell?

  • Anonymous

    Horse faced Jessica Simpson will spread for anything.

  • Erica

    You're disgusting

  • mileyismylife

    awwww Maxwell looks so cute! cut Jessica some slack, she gets taunted about her weight everyday, and now she can't even dress her bub up in a cossie and take a cute photo of her. Stupid Media.

  • courtney

    There is nothing wrong with a baby in a bikini- it is so much more convenient than a regular bathing suit for changing diapers and if you see something sexual about it you are a pervert. Jessica Simpson is gorgeous and successful and I am sure her daughter will be the same...bikini and all :-)

  • Katie

    When I saw this photo I said "Aww how cute. That's adorable". If you look at this photo and say "Well that baby has been sexualised by the revealing clothes she is wearing" You need to get that stick out of your ass and lighten up. Firstly, by making these comments YOU are the ones sexualising the baby. There is nothing sexual or inappropriate about this picture until people start making unnecessary controversy. So be quiet and look at how cute she is!

  • just.not.right

    you seem like you have some serious issues of your own.. the last thing you should be worried about is a cute little baby in a bikini

  • Jacy Nova
    Jacy Nova

    Why are you so angry? She has a beautiful baby girl, she's lost 40 pounds, the baby looks adorable. If anyone thinks that is a sexual pic of kid, they have the problem. We see TV commercials of babies only in diapers...get real. I'm so sick of people calling Jessica a pig because she gained weight while she was pregant. Please post pics of yourself so we can critique you as well. You just sound like a very unhappy, jealous person.

  • Courtney Puzzo
    Courtney Puzzo

    stop Critizing Jessica for everything she does the pic of the baby in a bathing suit is harmless

  • CarneyConstance

    I just got paid $6784 working off my laptop this month. And if you think that's cool, my divorced friend has twin toddlers and made over $9k her first month. It feels so good making so much money when other people have to work for so much less. This is what I do, Fox46.­com

  • tahoegeminii

    that baby is 4 months old??-tiny and scrawny-while her mother slapped on 100lbs-Jessica obviously eats total junk food-when a mother has huge weight gain and delivers a super tiny baby then she was eating nothing but milkshakes and chili cheese fries-I mean look at Harper Beckham-Posh is like a scary twig but Harper has very chunky legs and arms almost as big as her mothers-so Jessica's fat is because she is a straight up pig-and the bikini is totally out of line-what is Jessica going to take over the Toddlers and Tiaras gig? she is fitting the mold-naked baby is a naked baby-trussing it up in apparel that is made to be sexy is just wrong-so garters and a g-string is next? how about some nipple pasties with tassels? you can take the girl out the trailer park but ya can't take the trailer park out the girl-maybe she should just try to buy some kind of education or class with the money she made off of shaking her udders would that be so much to ask

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  • candy

    What??? What about when parents take pix of their babies naked? Babies are babies. I think the pic is cute.

  • Mama Cindy
    Mama Cindy

    She is cute, she is tiny. LEAVE HER PARENTS ALONE.If you see this as a problem, it's you that has the problem

  • Kay

    If you happen to think a baby in a bikini is sexual, sounds more like you have the problems..

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  • Blanca

    Give me a break...really