Kerry Katona has slammed padded bikinis for girls as young as nine during an explosive row with Tessa Hartmann.
The former Atomic Kitten star, 40, declared that she was ‘gobsmacked’ and thought the swimwear ‘sexualised children’ and was like ‘dangling a carrot in front of a paedophile’ during the heated chat on Wednesday’s edition of Good Morning Britain.
Tallia Storm’s mother Tessa Hartmann, 51, also engaged in the debate, which soon descended into chaos, saying the bikinis provide some ‘modesty’ before taking aim at Kerry’s OnlyFans page and claiming the singer’s ‘kids take pictures of her naked’.
Explosive: Kerry Katona (pictured) has slammed padded bikinis for girls as young as nine during a heated row with Tessa Hartmann on Wednesday’s Good Morning Britain
Speaking about the swimwear, Kerry said: ‘I’m really gobsmacked I expect to see my nine-year-old in a two-piece with Frozen or maybe Trolls, putting them in a padded bikini means they’re going to be concerned about their body…
‘Children need to be children and that’s it, are we going to get padded shorts for little boys now are we? The world’s gone mad.’
However Real Housewives Of Jersey star Tessa then tried to argue that she thinks girls would ‘love’ the items and ‘prefer’ padded bikinis as it provides some modesty.
The radio host said: ‘Well look, first of all I have worked in fashion for 25 years and there’s a lot of sexualising of children before, but this isn’t padding it’s just foam…
Hot topic: Real Housewives Of JerseyTessa , 51, said the bikini’s provide some ‘modesty’ before taking aim at Kerry’s OnlyFans page and claiming the singer’s ‘kids take pictures of her naked’
‘For me, my girls [her two daughters Tessie and Tallia] would love this… this is a take on a very big Australian brand… children prefer this to hide this modesty… a nine-year-old is more on trend than a 15-year-old.’
The conversation then turned to whether the bikinis ‘sexualise’ children, with presenters Richard Madeley and Susanna Reid both agreeing that they do.
Mother-of-five Kerry replied, saying: ‘100 per cent, 100 percent.’
Tessa then brought OnlyFans into the debate, adding: ‘There are a lot of things out there that sexualises children, social media sites like OnlyFans, with a young girl who’s jumping in a pool is self-conscious then this will show of modesty…
Chaos: As the row continued, the two stars talked over each other with Kerry (right) saying that the swimwear ‘sexualised children’ and was like ‘dangling a carrot in front of a paedophile’
Not having it: GMB presenters Richard Madeley and Susanna Reid both agreed that the bikinis do ‘sexualise children’ as well as Kerry (pictured)
With Kerry jumping in to say: ‘First of all, OnlyFans is over 18, no one is putting that to a nine-year-old child.
‘Second of all, when I’m on holiday with my nine-year-old with strangers, I’m not going to have my children in a padded bikini top sexualising her… it’s like dangling a carrot in front of a paedophile.’
Tessa then said: ‘Your kids take pictures of you naked…’
Kerry hit back: ‘First of all my children do not take pictures naked, my children take pictures of me in a bikini, I don’t know what you’ve heard but you’re wrong….
‘Why would a nine year old child be googling topless pictures in the first place? What I do on an 18+ site is different.’
Outrage:New Look came under fire by mums last week for ‘sexualising children’ by selling a range of padded bikinis for girls as young as nine (pictured a set on the brand’s website)
Selling: One of the swimsuits, which range in price between £7.49 and £14.99, within the collection is described online as ‘a must for girls updating their swimwear’
Not for her: Speaking about the swimwear, Kerry said: ‘I’m really gobsmacked I expect to see my nine year old in a two piece with Frozen or maybe Trolls’ during the chaotic interview
High street shop New Look has come under fire by British mothers for ‘sexualising children’ by selling the range of padded bikinis in recent days.
Last week, Vicky Snowdon, from Leicester, spotted the swimsuits in store and shared a snapshot of the collection on Twitter.
She penned: ‘It’s hard enough shopping for my daughters in @newlook with the insistence on all the tops being cropped. But padded bikini bras?! Padded bikinis for 9 year olds. Really?’
Campaign group Object, which opposes the sexual objectification of women, reposted the images, writing: ‘Stop sexualising children @newlook. It’s wrong and damaging. Take them away. We object.’
Available in a range of bright colours and for ages 9-15, the swimsuits are described online as featuring ‘moulded triangle cups’.
Shock: Last week, Vicky Snowdon, from Leicester, spotted the swimsuits in store and shared a snapshot of the collection on Twitter
Not impressed: The British mother posted a photo online of the swimsuits in the store and called the padded bikinis ‘awful’
A New Look spokesperson said at the time: ‘The bikinis in the New Look 915 range are designed with shaped foam cups to offer structure to the garment and to provide modesty for the wearer.
‘This type of swimwear is widely available from other brands on the high street.
‘We always listen to our customers and comply with all the British Retail Consortium (BRC) Responsible Retailing guidelines to create products that are age appropriate and best suit their needs.’
The swimsuits, which are part of the brand’s 915 children’s department, also come with skimpy bottoms which are secured by ties on the side.
The suits are priced between £7.49 and £14.99. Online, the pieces are described as ‘a must for girls updating their swimwear.’
Other Twitter users were left stunned by the range, which is part of the high street store’s children’s department, and called it ‘damaging’ for young girls
After Object shared the tweet, Vicky commented: ‘Thank you for sharing this. I was so angry and just baffled at the same time.
‘Just why? I complained about it to the girl on the till but she didn’t get it and it’s not her fault.’
She continued: ‘I only shopped in New Look because I had a voucher. Just awful.’
Other parents were also quick to respond, with one writing: ‘Holy c***, girls just don’t stand a chance of a childhood do they?’
Another commented: ‘I know. Couldn’t find non-padded bras for my daughter anywhere in NL. Had to get them shipped from M&S and they still had slight shape.
Brood: Kerry is a doting mum to her five children: Molly, 19, Lilly-Sue, 18, with ex-husband Brian McFadden, Heidi, 13, Maxwell, 12, with ex Mark Croft, 49, and Dylan-Jorge, six, whose father George Kay tragically passed away in 2019
Flaunt it: Kerry (pictured) has launched an OnlyFans account but hit back at Tessa’s claim her children take ‘naked’ snaps during the GMB interview saying they photograph her in bikinis
‘Aren’t natural breasts good enough anymore?’
Meanwhile The Sun reported Susan Davies, 49, a mother-of-four from Poole in Dorset, said: ‘I cannot believe that a huge brand like New Look thinks these disgusting bikinis are acceptable.
‘Children should not be sexualised at nine years old. Why can’t little girls be little girls? No nine-year-old needs padding in a bikini top. It is hideous.’
The bikinis were also debated on ITV’s This Morning last Tuesday, with Nicola Thorp suggesting she had no problem with them as they offered extra coverage.
However, Robert Rinder said the ensemble could be used to objectify young women more.
Family: Jersey reality star and radio host Tessa has four children, sons Johnnie and Zach and daughters Tallia Storm and Tessie (she is pictured with Tallia and Tessie in 2016)