FORMER Hi-5 star Kellie Crawford has come in for criticism after posing for men’s magazine Ralph.
Women’s Forum Australia spokeswoman Melinda Tankard Reist said Crawford was sending a negative message to young girls.
“It’s an abuse of her position with tens of thousands of little girls looking up to her,” Reist said.
“The fact she’s posed on a cover is particularly problematic because magazines like Ralph are on shop shelves at kiddy eye level.”
“There is no escaping the message she is sending to little girls, that posing in a men’s magazine in a soft-porn style is something to aspire to.”
But Crawford – who was with the show for a decade – defended her decision to pose for the magazine.
“After working in children’s television for ten years, and always being pinned into your clothes so no one can see your belly button if you lift your hands up, and always having your cleavage covered, and me being the tomboy of the three girls, it was something I did for myself to remind myself that I am a woman,” she said.
Is Crawford being unfairly criticised?