Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and their daughter, North, sit front row at the Alexander Wang Fall 2015 fashion show. (Image: Getty)
Kim Kardashian is no stranger to controversy, and her recent remarks about her daughter’s love of makeup have turned hearts as black as the baby fashionista’s wardrobe.
“I give her my makeup bag and it’s empty. And if I just turn around for one second, she has my lipstick like all over her face,” Kim explained.
“So I have to give her her own little makeup bag. She’s obsessed with makeup and watching me get ready and getting ready herself. She could not be more ultimately girly-girl.”
It’s so easy to be outraged by a comment like this. And many are. On the original story, one commenter wrote, “She is stupid and ridiculous.”
A commenter also said on a similar, Daily Mail story, “Can somebody explain to me how can a child of about two years old be obssessed with fashion and makeup? I have missed this one on children psychological development??” (Post continues after gallery.)
Well, I have the answer to that. A child of about two years old can become “obsessed” with fashion and makeup, because they watch and copy those around them.
I know this, because I have a daughter who is around the same age as North West. My daughter also loves fashion and makeup, and it’s one of the many things that I love about her.
Sure, some will cry, “Sexualisation!”, and ask why North West is playing with makeup, when makeup is designed to make women look sexually alluring.
And many may question why North is playing with gender-specific items like makeup, when she could be exposed to age-appropriate, gender-neutral toys, so as to foster her mind and intelligence, rather than enhance a gender stereotype of being a “girly-girl”.
It's easy to judge when you're looking at Kim's life on face value, but consider this: In my daughter Emmy's life so far she's watched me in many different roles. She watches me cook, she watches me work, she watches me as I use our toolbox to repair things around the house. And every morning, she has watched me put on my makeup.
Emmy has copied many of my actions, from pretending to talk on a phone to pretending to put on makeup. She also has her own interests. She loves inventing and performing dances, something for which I have zero gifts.