Shiloh Jolie-Pitt is cute and adorable and it's obvious that she marches to her own drummer. I've never seen her wear baby heels in public like Suri Cruise and I don't know the last time she was pictured in a dress.
Mind you, I'm not watching her day and night. But nor do I see the need to observe her closely to make sure that she's living up to gender expectations. I simply don't think that her lack of fancy footwear and sparkle and ribbons and tulle means anything more significant than that the girl likes to be comfortable. Word on that Ms. Shiloh.
Her laid-back style has, however, concerned some media folks. They're worried that she looks like - gasp! - a boy. They worry that her parents, gene-pool winners Angelina and Brad, dress her this way because they wanted a boy. Hogwash, I say.
But the concern hasn't stopped. Once again something has happened to set off a flurry of stories in the grocery store tabloids about her boyish appearance.
Shiloh's most recent 'masculine' action that has alarmed the gossipnets is a hair cut. A short hair cut.
But please don't panic folks. The experts don't think her choice of hairstyle is anything to worry about. Oh, no, wait: they do. USWeekly found a panel of hairdressers who referred to in with terms like 'Princess Charming'.
'Princess Charming'? So she's a boy princess? Why does she have to be a princess? Or for that matter, a boy? Sure, they also said things like 'it's not a contrived look' (um... she's three), and 'precious' (agreed), but still: why the insistence that short hair = boy?
It's been suggested that the media obsession with Shiloh's appearance has something to do with an idea that she isn't fulfilling her 'princess destiny' to be the most beautiful child of the most beautiful celebrities ev-ah? It sounds plausible. Sad, but plausible.
Mind you, I'm not sure it's a conscious concern of the media machine. Or at least I hope that it's not. Perhaps the media has turned into the over-opinionated older relative who thinks boys should be boys and girls should be girls and if they don't act that way, they just ain't right.
How annoying. And scary.
So here is what I, Katie aka motherbumper, think about Shiloh's new 'boy' haircut:
That is me, age five. I rarely wore skirts or dresses in public at that age. My hair was this short for many more years to come. I wore a lot of clothing inherited from my brother. And I'm completely 'normal'. And I don't remember ever being thought of abnormal -- well at least not for having short hair. And if I remember correctly, many of my friends were this way too.
So I think Shiloh Jolie-Pitt is wonderful, completely cute, and totally normal. Just like I was at that age (or at least that's what my parents told me.)
Mind you, I wasn't in the public eye nor was I ever used to sell magazines. Their loss. I was kick-ass cute.
(Ed. note: and this is me when I was small. Short-cropped mullets FTW! Post your own tomboy pics, and leave a link in the comments, if you dare.)