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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Kat on

Bravo to Bindi!

Maria on

Yes Kat, sweetheart, the 50’s are long gone. And look where that’s gotten us! Girls who are barely teenagers thinking they have to wear tight crop tops to get attention, as well as wearing dresses that would make everyone’s grandma blush. At this rate, women will be walking around topless in a few years and it will be applauded.

Erica on

She is growing up to be such a BEAUTIFUL young lady!

Erica on

A beautiful young lady!

maryhelenc on

Agreed! But for some girls, the short shorts may be it. My teenage daughter & I searched for weeks for longer shorts & all I could find were skimpy cutoffs. We finally found decent ones, buried in a clearance rack. Shopping for swimsuits for her is just as hard & she’s taken to layering tanks because she wants to be covered up. It shouldn’t be, but it’s hard to find decent clothes for teens.

kw on

Too bad she doesn’t get the coverage the ridiculous Kardashian/Jenner trash does, she certainly deserves to!

Truthteller on

I loved her before and even more now. What a beautiful, intelligent & lovely young lady. R.I.P to her Dad, I know he’s looking down so proud:)

Linda on

Steve would be so proud of his baby girl….all grown up and smart and gorgeous. I wish her a good happy life. My daughter dressed like a young lady as well when she was growing up and she still does. I used to get stopped by total strangers who would tell me how lovely my daugther looked in her dress compared to the girls of today showing half their bodies off. So it does makes a difference. Absolutely. Good for Bindi taking a stand on how she feels about this issue.

GCGM01 on

Now this is a role model….

susan on

These are the type of young women I would like my daughters to grow up knowing: grounded, not afraid of getting dirty outside, and intelligent.

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