I was browsing through the kid’s section at TK Maxx recently when I spotted this shirt.
That’s Katie Moss.
On a sweatshirt for two-year-olds.
I have nothing against Kate personally. That being said, I don’t think a model who’s best known for her ‘heroin chic’ look belongs on a toddler’s shirt. Plus no two-year-old is going to see that shirt and say, “Ooh, Kate! I remember her from those Calvin Klein ads in the 90s.” To them, she just looks like a lady who’s half asleep and needs a sandwich.
(Fun fact: the company who made this shirt also makes Kate Moss clothes in baby sizes.)
Our little girls deserve better role models. Their shirts, which they’re going to smear with snot and stain with food, should show the kind of women that we hope they’ll grow up to be.
Here are just a few women who I think are more deserving of a place on my kid’s clothes than Kate Moss:
Malala Yousafzai – Activist
By DFID – UK Department for International Development (Malala Yousafzai: Education for girls) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
After being shot by a member of the Taliban for advocating for women’s education in Pakistan, Malala became a prominent human rights activist and the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. The word ‘brave’ doesn’t even begin to cover it.
Victoria Woodhull – Politician
Victoria was an American suffragette who became the first woman to run for president of the United States in 1872.
That’s right – 1872.
Think about what Hillary Clinton had to deal with in 2016, and multiply it by like a thousand. Victoria was badass. And she was one of the first women to open a Wall Street brokerage firm too.
Ada Lovelace – Computer programmer
Ada is regarded as the world’s first computer programmer after she wrote an algorithm intended to be carried out by a machine – in 1843. Little did she know that 174 years later, we would spend most of our waking hours on computers that fit in our palms watching cat videos and porn.
Michelle Obama – Lawyer and First Lady
As First Lady, Michelle fought to end childhood obesity, supported military and working families, and promoted education and volunteering. But she was a force to be reckoned with even before she entered the White House – a graduate of Princeton and Harvard Law, she worked as a lawyer, a Chicago city administrator and a community outreach worker.
Marie Curie – Scientist
Marie was a physicist and chemist who developed the theory of radioactivity. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first person and only woman to win twice, and the only person to win a Nobel Prize in two different sciences.
Not bad from a woman who was unable to apply to a mainstream university because…well, she was a woman.
I could go on, but I think you get it. The world is full of awesome women who are much more deserving of a spot on a small child’s shirt than a supermodel.