Teresa Giudice, You’re Nuts! Why Are You Letting Your Little Girls Wear Makeup?

Wed, August 11, 2010 10:00pm EDT by 8 Comments
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New Jersey housewife Teresa Giudice, thinks it’s cute that her four very young daughters wear makeup like she does, but experts tell us it’s TERRIBLE for their self-esteem and could damage their self-image for life!

The Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice has been making some bad decisions lately (hello -– what else can we call her $11-million bankruptcy case?). Her latest? Allowing her four little girls — Gia, 9, Gabriella, 6, Milania, 5 and Audriana, 11 months – to wear makeup just like their mom! What the heck is she thinking?!

“They see their mommy doing it and they want to do whatever mommy does,” Teresa, 38, told USMagazine.com, adding, “It’s just lip gloss.”

It may seem trivial to the New Jersey spitfire, but two experts tell us it’s harmful for little girls to wear makeup because it overemphasizes sexuality at a young age.

“If attention to sexuality and physical sexual appearance begins at a very early age, it does not contribute helpfully to self-esteem. Instead, it may be confusing and suggest to the child that this is the most valuable part of her,” Dr. Wendy Smith, Director of Instructional Enhancement and professor at USC’s School of Social Work, says.

She adds, “Young girls need the help and support of their parents to protect them from the pressure to prematurely present themselves as ready for sexual attention.”

Dr. Carole Lieberman psychiatrist and author of the upcoming book, Bad Girls: Why Men Love Them & How Good Girls Can Learn Their Secrets — agrees that pre-teens shouldn’t be wearing makeup…but admits it IS okay on special occasions.

“It can be harmless fun for little girls to have makeup parties such as for their birthday. However, allowing them to wear makeup as a common everyday occurrence spells disaster for their self-esteem,” Dr. Lieberman explains, adding, “It is important for parents to make sure their daughters are praised for their natural looks and approach
makeup as a fun accessory instead of a necessity.”

Do you think Teresa Giudice should let her four daughters wear makeup or are they too young? When would you let YOUR daughters wear makeup?

–Kirstin Benson