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.

Bindi Irwin style Don Arnold/WireImage

“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

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Vicki on

Oh, Kat…we are not “judging” and haters just because we have a different opinion. And she didn’t say girls should dress like it’s the 50s. I’m sorry, but you should try reading for comprehension. My guess is you are 12.

Tommie on

She is just beautiful. It is great to see a young lady who knows that she doesn’t have to shed her clothes to matter. Scout Willis should learn from her. You won’t see this girl walking down the street wearing only a skirt to prove a stupid point.

Melany on

I do too Bindi, it is very sad to see a young and beautiful person to hypersexualize their image in order to have money and fame. =(

Aaron Jones on

Nobody said she was “deciding for other young girls”, Kat. She was just giving her opinion, like you just gave yours. The only difference is, someone actually ASKED her for hers.

Team Bindi on

What an excellent role model! I have loved watching her grow up and sure do miss her dad!

Tess on

Beautiful young lady and smart too! She’s done her dad proud!

Yeah Right... on

Says the girl who is wearing revealing clothing in the picture. That dress is WAY too short. If she bent over or raised her arm we’d get an eyeful.

bitsy on

Great to see she is growing up with her head on straight! Lovely young lady.

Lucy Gray on

Wow! There’s hope for the future of the world. A young girl who thinks for herself and doesn’t try to mimic the Mileys and KimKs. She isn’t afraid to be herself, or take a stand. This also shows she has a good mom, instead of the Moms who let their young daughters out of the house as rape material. Way to go, Bindi, God bless you.

Emma on

Why don’t we just stop judging people for what they wear?

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