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

FILED UNDER: Celebs , Dresses , Fashion
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heather on

Finally, a young woman standing up to giving in to peer pressures! I wish more young girls would realize this as well. Her mom must be VERY proud of the way she has raised her!

SMH on

Now HERE is a role model for young girls. Way to go Bindi! We def don’t need more Kardashians…

Kat on

Well said young lady! Thank you for setting a proper example for your generation!

Denise on

She’s adorable. I guess having seen the world the way she has, and losing her dad at such a young age, has really taught her what’s important in life. I hope she will stay true to herself, she is very inspirational.

ivy on

Thank goodness this young woman has the common sense to make sense when it comes to dressing appropriately. Her mom has done an admirable job raising her and I know her dad would be so proud of the young woman she has become. Bindi is a great role model for all young girls her age…a far cry from the trashy Jenner girls for sure.

lisa on

Great girl. Steve would be so so proud of her behavior/outlook & everything she’s accomplished.

kat on

I wish girls would stop judging each other. She can disagree with what other girls wear but they’re not wrong for wearing it. Everyone has their own style and standard of modesty. It’s really not up for her to decide and call others out.The 50’s are long gone sweetheart.

lrmmom on

loving her! so glad young girls these days can have a great role model to look to.

summer on

what a smart girl that she is. her family should be proud of her! we all too. go bindi!!.

LC on

What a breath of fresh air – good for you, girl!

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