“The Bachelor”’s Amanda Stanton is defending her decision to share a photo of her daughter wearing a bikini to social media.
The 29-year-old frequently shares her life as a single mother-of-two with her more than 1.2 million followers on Instagram. Earlier this week, the reality star received some heat from from followers when she posted a selfie by her five-year-old daughter, Charlie, wearing a bikini and making a pouting face.
“Getting ready for a beach day,” Stanton captioned the photo.
While some found humour in the tot imitating her mother, Stanton immediately received backlash for the photo, which some felt was “inappropriate” for the mom to share.
“I’m not sure how I feel about this picture,” one follower wrote. “I mean it’s adorable for you to enjoy but sadly we live in a sick world. I don’t think I would go posting it on the internet.”
“Am I the only one who finds this f-cked up?” another asked.
The chief complaint from followers was a concern that the photo could illicit the wrong attention from social media users who aren’t fans of Stanton or the “Bachelor” franchise.
“It’s cute to me and to you, but to other people on the internet this is sexual,” a female follower cautioned Stanton. “I would take this down. It’s so sad because it’s so innocent but not to some sickos. Please, look at Madeline McCann. We all know she was taken by a pedophile ring. Please protect your babies. It’s not worth it.”
Others criticized Stanton for modelling this type of behaviour in front of her young daughters.
“The things is she’s not posing like a child would pose,” another concerned follower wrote. “It’s unsettling - adults pose provocatively like this - it’s not a typical photo for someone her age to be taking. I understand that she’s just emulating mommy but to other’s points it’s out of place for her age. That’s what we’re trying to help you see.”
Stanton chimed in, defending her daughter and her decision to post the photo despite her followers feelings that the photo was “shameful.”
“I don’t see how this isn’t teaching body positivity and confidence,” Stanton wrote to her followers. “If anything, I think it is! And why I think it’s so cute. She is 5 and has a cute little belly and doesn’t even know it and feels confident in her swimsuit about to go to the beach. I don’t get why everyone is making a huge deal of this post JUST because it’s a selfie rather than a parent posting a photo of their child in a swimsuit at the beach, which I see all the time, you know?”
Other moms are rallying behind Stanton, cheering her on for instilling confidence in her daughter.
“Love this,” a supportive follower and fellow mom wrote. “Love how she’s posing, love her confidence, everything about it is so cute! Forget the haters, you do what you want with your kid. My daughter does the same thing also!”