Jenna Lyons’ Pink Nail Polish Controversy
In J.Crew’s latest catalog, president and creative director Jenna Lyons is shown having a laugh with her adorable son Beckett as she paints his toenails with hot pink Essie polish.
"Lucky for me I ended up with a boy whose favorite color is pink,” reads the photo caption. “Toenail painting is way more fun in neon." (The retailer sells a selection of Essie shades in stores and online.)
But the sweet Saturday activity has Fox News in a frenzy, quoting doctors and media researchers who call it “blatant propaganda celebrating transgendered children.” (The offending image can be seen here.)
“This is a dramatic example of the way that our culture is being encouraged to abandon all trappings of gender identity,” psychiatrist Dr. Keith Ablow said in a FoxNews.com column.
Or maybe it’s just a 5-year-old boy having fun with his fashionable mom?
The darling little Beckett is hardly the first person with XY chromosomes to sport nail polish; men all along the scale from transgendered to straight-as-an-arrow have been wearing it for years. (And is it just us, or is trying to define a 5-year-old’s future sexual preference more than just a little inappropriate?)
J.Crew reps say the company has no comment.
Needless to say, we’re Team Jenna over at FashionEtc. What are your thoughts?