The 15-year-old wildlife expert shares her firm stance on teen girls dressing their age

By Brittany Talarico
Updated June 24, 2014 05:02 PM
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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.”

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.”

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–Brittany Talarico