Should a Little Girl Be Dressed Like Lady Gaga?
We’re bringing back a controversial story to find out what you think of little “Gaga” now.
-April Daniels Hussar
There’s an 8-year-old girl in Brazil who does a mean Lady Gaga impression. And it freaks me out. You’ll probably think I’m overreacting, but this video of Laura Montana, a young contestant on a popular TV show performing “Bad Romance” and “Paparazzi” made me cry:
I mean it – I actually had tears in my eyes watching. I turned it off halfway through. You’re overreacting, I told myself. But watching that little child’s half-naked body contort and gyrate and crawl on the floor, her sweet little face disguised as a grown up lady clown – it broke my heart. I admire her bravery and recognize her talent – what a voice! – but her precocious dancing, her outfit, the bizarre enthusiasm of the judges and the audience, her mother watching … it just perfectly encapsulates all my fears about raising a daughter in this world.
My own daughter Isabella will be 7 next month. So far, she’s been pretty sheltered from pop culture at large – we’re vigilant about what shows and videos she’s allowed to watch. I consider it a major accomplishment that she only vaguely knows who Hannah Montana is (because that means she doesn’t register any of Miley Cyrus’ antics, and I’d just as soon not have to explain what pole dancing is, thank you very much). I don’t want to completely isolate Isabella – hey, I was just a few years older than her when I knew all the words to Madonna’s True Blue (and look at me now!). I don’t want to keep her in a bubble – and even if I did, I know I couldn’t.
But that being said, I’m cautious, and I’m so very anxious about what the next few years will bring, as my husband and I try to stand between her and a world that seems to want her to grow up so fast. Just the other day I was shopping at Target, and was suddenly struck by the difference between the clothes they have for girls under 6 and girls over 6. It’s astounding — how did my little daughter so quickly go from sweet ruffled dresses to sassy t-shirts and leopard-print leggings? The line between baby girl and mini-teenager seems so sharp and firmly drawn. But she’s still a baby, I think to myself, even as her long legs and her maturing face tell a different story.