Bindi Irwin: 'I Feel Really Bad For' Girls My Age Who Wear Revealing Clothing

06/24/2014 at 01:02 PM ET

You won’t find photos of Bindi Irwin wearing crop tops and denim cutoffs on Instagram. The 15-year-old daughter of the late “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin is committed to dressing appropriately for her teenage years — and that means not showing too much skin.

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“I’m a big advocate for young girls dressing their age,” Irwin told News Corp Australia, via the Daily Mail. “I mean, for me, I look around at a lot of young girls that are my age and they’re always trying to dress older. Whether it’s wearing revealing clothes or hardly wearing any clothes at all, I feel really bad for them. It kind of has the opposite effect in some ways … it makes you look younger and like you’re trying too hard.”

The wildlife expert — who hit the red carpet in an age appropriate floral skater dress and boots earlier this year — also explained that dressing inappropriately now might come back to haunt her teenage peers in the future. “I almost wish I could tell young girls, ‘Look, in 10 years when you look back at yourself, you’ll cringe, honey, honestly.'” Her advice? “Don’t try so hard. A pair of jeans and a T-shirt is just as gorgeous and even makes you look classier.”

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Other young starlets in Irwin’s age bracket, like Kylie Jenner, don’t necessarily abide by the same rules. But the young Aussie TV personality explains that she’s always been a different kind of kid, describing herself as having an “86-year-old soul.”

“I love a cup of tea and a good book and none of that [other stuff] really interests me… I guess growing up at [the] Australia Zoo and getting to travel all over the world, I have this great outlook on life and that’s what I hope I inspire other kids to have.”

What do you think of Irwin’s stance? Share your thoughts below.

–Brittany Talarico

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Kara on

Good for Bindi. It’s nice to read about a girl who values herself as a person instead of a hunk of meat.
She sounds like she has her head on straight.

marie on

She’s very stylish without needing slits up to her waist. She’s sassy and classy — AND she’s 100% correct.

Dee on

@ Kat
Just like Miley and the Kardashians have the right to walk around with their b**bs and v*g hanging out, Bindi has the right to not be a little sk*nk.
We know what side of the fence you’re on, obviously.
Too bad you don’t have more self respect.

suburbgrrrl on

Love the message, hate how she comes across. The way this girl talks about herself has always rubbed me the wrong way. It is nice to see her dressed so nicely though and I hope others will follow suit.

Kica on


cocomom on


MsTess on

Your Daddy would be so proud of You I like many others are so ashamed of how the Girls of today think that less is better ,
make makes me Crazy is the Parents that allow them to 1rst Buy the clothes and second to leave the house in them/or lack their of them….. continue what you do I am proud of YOU

Gloria Adams on

LOVE THIS!! She is absolutely gorgeous and more so since this is her point of view. Thanks Bindi!

Wow on

Her father would be so proud of her. What a wonderful role model. You need to do more stories on positive role models such as Bindi. Let’s inspire girls to be ladies and not other words I don’t care to write haha.

Star on

Wow talk about making her dad proud. I haven’t seen her face in a few years and my gosh look at how beautiful she is. Shes always been a cutie pie but as a young woman she has really turned into a beautiful flower. Good for you and I now your dad is thrilled with how you have turned out.

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