“My daughter is unique, energetic and perfect in my eyes. Her ability to dance is not impacted by her hair, skin or physical beauty.”
Kids’ concerts are fun. They require music and a bunch of small people clumsily dancing around a stage, usually out of time and with inexplicable facial expressions.
Apparently now they also require spray tans.
But one Adelaide mum is railing against a dance school edict that all girls have a spray tan for an upcoming acrobatic dance competition.
She says her 11-year-old “doesn’t need a spray tan – they’re not on Dancing With the Stars”.
“My daughter is unique, energetic and perfect in my eyes. Her ability to dance is not impacted by her hair, skin or physical beauty,” she told Mamamia.
“What message would I be sending to my 11 year old if I took her to a beauty salon for a spray tan? ‘You, the you I adore and think is more perfect than a rainbow, are not good enough in your own skin’. I am pretty sure that would undo the years of body-loving goodness I have been showering down on her.”
The mother, who did not want to be named to protect her daughter’s privacy, says the dance school’s culture effectively body-shames young girls by forcing them to alter their appearance.
“What if she had a scar or birthmark? Would she need to cover that up? What if she had skin darker than a spray tan?”
“She is a healthy, happy, vibrant little girl and the concept of taking her in and getting somebody to do a spray tan on her just makes me… I just can’t get my head around it. Do I put her in her underwear and let somebody spray tan her? It’s just, ewww.”