A fashion show that launched a new line of children’s swimwear is under fire as critics on social media claim the bathing suits are inappropriate for kids.
The fashion show launched a new children's swimwear line called "Hot-As-Halo" in Miami over the weekend.
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But now the company is under fire from those who think the swimwear may be a tad inappropriate for kiddies.
One social media message read: "What are they thinking, using children for swimwear modeling?”
"Wrong on many levels," another said.
Mom-to-be Akilah Pearson walked the runway with her with her adorable 5-year-old daughter Kalah Bell.
“I don't feel like I harmed my daughter,” she told Inside Edition.
She said that if she could speak to the critics, she would say: “When I go to the pool and when I go to the beach, I see kids in bathing suits but no one says anything and I didn't think twice about the decision that I made.”
Akilah says her daughter loved the outfits.
“She actually asked if she could take home the swimwear with her, she liked it so much,” she said.
Sharleen Ernster is the founder of Hot-As-Halo. She also took part in the fashion show with her daughters.
“I'm a mother, my children walked. The swimwear I created for kids is also very covered; it's absolutely not sexualizing children. I would never do that – ever,” she told Inside Edition.