Amanda Stanton is standing by a photo she posted of her 5-year-old daughter in a bikini.
“The Bachelor” alum posted a photo on Saturday of her daughter, Charlie Emma, preparing for a beach day. The photo in question was a selfie Charlie took in a bikini. The post generated negative feedback from some users. There were two general camps of thought from critics: the photo is too provocative or the photo may attract child predators.
“I have two daughters, 10 and 16. Let’s teach confidence and body positivity without this type of an image,” one user wrote. “Amanda, I like you girl but this is a bit too much.”
Stanton responded, “I don’t see how this isn’t teaching body positivity and confidence. If anything, I think it is!” Adding, “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?” Stanton continued.
One user asked if “The Bachelor” alum was worried about the image attracting child predators. “I get what you’re saying but I can’t control what a sick person might be thinking,” Stanton argued. “We were at the beach today and there were kids running around naked, people post photos of their kids in the bath or at the pool etc.”
The reality star added, “I understand there are sick people out there and I do everything in my power to protect my kids and keep them safe but I can’t let it take over my life to the point where I’m scared to post a cute photo [of] them in a bathing suit.”
Stanton is also mom to 7-year-old daughter Kinsley.