Teresa Giudice criticized for letting 9-year-old wear full makeup


Teresa Giudice is in the news, which I assume makes her very happy. It’s not exactly the story I would want to get me headlines but I don’t think like a reality star so what do I know. Teresa took their four daughters – Gia, 17, Gabriella, 14, Milania, 13, and Audriana, nine, down to the Bahamas for a little fun in the sun while Dad Joe is still serving his prison sentence for fraud. As part of what must be a kick-back agreement, Teresa has been posting tons of beautiful sun-kissed photos from the Atlantis Resort. Tuesday, she posted this particular picture of three of her daughters enjoying dinner, I assume, at Nobu in the resort:

Sister Love 💕 #bahamas #family #laughing

A post shared by Teresa Giudice ® (@teresagiudice) on

It did not take long for ‘concerned’ moms to light up her comment section with their opinions about the fact that Audriana’s nine-year-old face was fully made up and that Gia was exposing her bra in an open shirt.

“Sister love,” the Real Housewives of New Jersey star captioned a photo of Audriana, Gia, and Milania on Instagram, unknowingly opening her page up to a controversial debate — from comments on Audriana’s makeup to remarks about Gia’s bra-baring top.

“Are you f***ing kidding me with the makeup and clothes these little girls have on!!” one enraged commenter wrote. “Where is the parental control here!!” While another said, “Beautiful girls, but no need for makeup or an unbuttoned shirt. That’s not age-appropriate.”

Some also accused Giudice of using filters on the kids’ faces. However, many came to the mom’s defense by pointing out how well she’s parenting, despite having to raise her children alone while her husband, Joe, is still serving a prison sentence for conspiracy and bankruptcy fraud.

“Your girls are all so beautiful. Despite it all you are doing an amazing job,” someone wrote. “Any adult with sense knows not to say negative comments about children,” said another.

[From Yahoo]

I don’t really have a problem with a mom who lets her daughter wear a full face of make-up. My daughter is 11 and sometimes she asks to wear a little eyeshadow and lipstick. I’ve let her walk out of the house like that (not to school). So Audriana going out to dinner on vacation with makeup on doesn’t register with me, other than she does a much better job than I do. Gia’s top, however, I’m having a harder time with. I would not allow my daughter or son to wear a shirt open like that anywhere. To be fair, my children would take exception with me wearing a shirt like that as well. But Gia is not my kid, so I am trying to keep an open mind. Like, if that was a bikini top, would I have a problem with it? I mean, I’d object to it as a poor fashion choice, but I don’t know that I would give Teresa grief over it (again, I would not let my children weara bikini top to a restaurant either). But Audriana’s dress is fitted in the bust and Milania’s top is strapless, so shouldn’t they all be called out sartorially or none at all?

However, my knee-jerk reaction is always to defend someone against mom-shaming comments. I allow my daughter to dye her hair. I know a lot of mom’s who wouldn’t and I’m not too interested in their opinion on it. Does she dye her hair to feel older? Probably. But I figured if I let her do that, maybe she wouldn’t be in such a hurry to rush the rest. I thought about it, I discussed it with her dad and her hair stylist. We all made the decision. That doesn’t stop folks from telling me how I’ve messed up as a mother, though.

It seems like the girls have had a rough couple of years with their parents both serving jail-time. I’m not looking to hand Teresa a Mother-of-the-Year trophy, but I assume she’s doing the best she can. Plus, she’s got those girls all over her Instagram in bikinis but doesn’t get slammed for that. Well, she does, but it’s for their tans, not the amount of skin they show. As I said, I’m struggling with my feelings of someone else making this choice for their kid, so I will simply reiterate, that top is not a choice I’d make for my kids.




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  1. NotSoSocialButterfly says:

    Much ado about nothing. The eldest is 17, not 14… I wouldn’t want my daughter to invite attention by showing her bra, but eh, this is not my daughter. As far as full face makeup goes? The little one is light eyed with dark lashes. She looks to me to only be wearing mascara and lip gloss, maybe even applied by big sis. Not a big deal to me, especially for a special occasion. She will be acutely interested in emulating big sister.

    The daughter on the right looks like she totally over mom’s photo taking, lol.

    • manta says:

      The article says “she posted this particular picture of her three younger daughters “.
      So no 17 yo there. The girl in the middle is just 14, and yes that cleavage in a restaurant at that age is weird to me.

      • ChillyWilly says:

        Ashamed that I know this but Teresa has 4 daughters. The girl in the middle is Gia and she is the eldest at 17. The girl on the left is the youngest (Audriana) and she is 9. The girl on the right is Milania who is 13. Gabriella is the 14 year old and is not in this photo.
        (Hangs head in shame) 😵

    • Onerous says:

      The daughter in the middle is not the eldest – she’s the 14 year old.

      My daughter is almost 16. It’s a really hard line to walk – this clothing thing. I tend to be very hands off because I think she has a right to dress how she wants. But last night she came out with her tee shirt tied up to go to an elementary school open house. I sent her back to change. But she definitely goes out with a cute bralet and a loose tank top over – idk. I’m pretty liberal but finding the perfect balance of “You can wear whatever you want” and “OMG, put your t-ts away!” is kind of hard!

    • Jess says:

      I thought the middle girl was her oldest too, sure looks like Gia but it’s been a few years since I’ve seen her kids. I’m gonna go look now, lol.

    • Jess says:

      From what I can tell after looking through Instagram and google images the girl in the middle is her oldest Gia, the 14 year doesn’t have blue eyes or blonder hair. So for the bra showing whatever, she’s 17 and they are on vacation, I’m always half naked when I’m at the beach too. My 10 year says “why can’t we dress like we do at the beach once we get back home?” She knows it’s more relaxed at the beach! For the 9 year old in a little make up I also don’t care, she has 3 older sisters who likely wear make up so of course she’s going to want to as well. I think it’s hilarious these sanctimoms commenting with their “concern”, it’s bullshit they just love to snark on other moms so they can feel better about themselves.

  2. Neverwinter says:

    I don’t get why criticising people in the comment section is the norm now. It’s the equivalent of yelling at the person that they are doing something wrong, while standing in the crowd of other people. If you are REALLY that concerned for their wellbeing, send a private message!

  3. Lindy79 says:

    I love people applauding her for doing such a good job while her husband is in prison, like she’s some poverty stricken single mum on benefits.
    I’m like you, the make up thing doesn’t bother me as much, it’s not like Kardashian levels of make up, and girls do like to experiment.
    I’m more concerned about the message to her kids that, commit felonies, sell your lives on social media and tv and you’ll still make millions.
    Isn’t she still in trouble for unpaid taxes? So clearly her time in prison was wasted, she learned nothing.

    • Erinn says:

      Whatever, she’s wearing it out to dinner. I don’t really care. She’s at least doing it pretty okay. I mean – I’d prefer my (non-existant) 9 year old to not want to be wearing makeup all the time – that’s SO young. It baffles me when there are kids in elementary school wearing anything more than like lipgloss. But not my kid, not my problem.

      The thing that pisses me off is that this grifting piece of garbage gets jail time, her husband gets jail time – and somehow she can still afford to just jet off to freaking Atlantis? That’s disgusting. Good to know that there’s consequences.

      • yuck says:

        Especially when they still owe huge amounts of back taxes. How does that work? And Dad Joe is facing deportation, so you know the lawyer bills must be through the roof. Yeah, I’d love to meet her accountant.

      • Onerous says:

        @yuck – I hate that I know this – but I believe they had paid all of the taxes back before or shortly after Joe went into prison.

      • yuck says:

        @onerous: A tax lien in CA was reported just a couple of weeks ago. And I don’t believe everything they owed the IRS/NJ was paid off yet. They are still hundreds of thousands behind.

      • Bongo says:

        The comments about her ‘raising the girls singlehandedly’ and ‘all on her own’ are frikking laughable. My mother raised five kids on her own after our deadbeat father left, and we didn’t have glam photoshoots or luxury holidays where we plucked each others monobrows and neanderthal hairlines while taking selfies, because SHE WAS WORKING HER ASS OFF!

    • Ken says:

      60 Million + people voted for Trump. So with regard to your concern over the glamorization of criminals, that ship has sailed.

  4. Beth says:

    My sister and I used to play with makeup when we were kids, but we ended up looking ridiculous. These pretty girls look fine in their makeup. I thought the one in the middle was an adult when I first looked. An open shirt is something that I would wear to the beach, not a restaurant, but everyone is different

    • jwoolman says:

      A bra can be designed to just be an item of clothing, not just underwear that (gasp!) Must Never Be Seen. This looks like that kind of fashion choice, meant to be visible. How is that different from any manner of dress that shows cleavage? Showing cleavage and various degrees of the breast goes in and out of fashion all the time, and not just in living memory. I think we are more likely to view with alarm with very young girls because of the sexualization aspect. But hard to tell if that’s their intent.

      Have never understood makeup on kids, even when I was a kid. Youngsters have young skin and don’t really need it by anybody’s definition. But hers doesn’t look caked on Kardashian-style even to me (I’ve never used makeup and never wanted to use makeup and so am not the best judge).

  5. Tate says:

    She is still around? I had forgotten about her.

  6. Sunrise says:

    With a mother like teresa giudice who is all about appearance it’s not surprising the daughters are copying mom, they don’t know any better. The girls are pretty especially the one who doesn’t like to be pictured.

  7. CharliePenn says:

    Once I peeped the insta of the oldest girl there… trying soooooo hard to be sexy, gorgeous, etc etc. I feel for the kids growing up with this kind of pressure. Best wishes to all these young ladies, it’s all I can muster. Their parents are two enormous train wrecks so wearing some makeup is the least of that youngest’s problems.

    • Kitten says:

      Oh man. If true, then that’s really sad. I’m so happy I got to enjoy my teenage years without social media.

      • Jan90067 says:

        With this shizz, I’m so glad my sister had boys lol. I think, even as an aunt, I’d go nuts when as girls, they would try and sexualize themselves so young!

        My oldest nephew considers himself a rebel (he’s an acting major at NYU) wearing black nailpolish. I’m grateful! lol

  8. detritus says:

    She’s probably been all day on the beach in a bathing suit showing more than this.

  9. Lucy2 says:

    With those two parents, make up is the least of these girls’ problems.
    I’m more concerned with them flaunting an expensive vacation while still owing people thousands upon thousands of dollars.

  10. FhMom says:

    I don’t like my eye being drawn to the cleavage of a teenage girl, which is what her top is doing. Other than that, I don’t care. It can’t be easy being Teresa and Joe’s kids.

  11. Kitten says:

    I was 14 the first time I dyed my hair. Didn’t wear makeup until I was 17 and even then, it was just a little eyeliner, nothing else. I don’t think it’s a problem at all for teens to wear makeup, especially for a special occasion when they are getting dressed up, etc.

    I honestly don’t see this as a big deal. The 17-year-old’s shirt probably shouldn’t be open like that but isn’t that the (bad) fashion these days?

  12. Dlflygurl says:

    That oldest has been wearing a face full of makeup since I can remember. Why people are just now paying attention beats me lol. BI do remember thinking they had their moms huge features . Theyve grown into them. they’re really pretty little girls. Besides who am I to judge my 4 year old has her spa mani pedis every two weeks, goes to the hairdresser, and ALWAYS carries her purse with lip gloss and her hello kitty makeup pallet. I love girlie girls.

  13. LadyT says:

    I don’t approve or not approve. Not my child. As long as MY daughter understood my rules and expectations, and why I had them, that’s all that counts.

  14. MommaDee says:

    The daughter in the middle IS the oldest, Gia. & she is in fact 17. Don’t ask how I know this 🙈 I mean at 17 I prob would not want my daughter to wear this either but let’s let Theresa deal with that. The makeup on the little one is a bit much but again, her kids🤷‍♀️

    • Oliviajoy1995 says:

      Yeah, that’s Gia, Melania, and Audrianna in the picture. Gabriella is the 14 year old and she very rarely films on the RHONJ and doesn’t seem to like pics of her posted either. She was a tomboy when she was younger but there was one pic last week Teresa managed to talk her into posing for and she’s beautiful now. She definitely isn’t the tomboy she used to be.

  15. Veronica S. says:

    I have mixed feelings about the open shirt because while I wouldn’t be pleased with my teen doing it, I don’t believe in infantilizing teen girls, either. The full face makeup – eh. As long as it isn’t every day, I don’t think it’s a big deal. My friend’s signature look is a bold lip, so her four year old daughter sometimes wants to wear makeup so she can be just like mommy.

  16. Esmom says:

    “Does she dye her hair to feel older? Probably. But I figured if I let her do that, maybe she wouldn’t be in such a hurry to rush the rest.”

    This makes a lot of sense. As a parent, you have to choose your battles carefully. It’s just hair! So many other potential issues to worry about.

    I’m not a fan of a nine year old wearing makeup but I wouldn’t bother to criticize her. And honestly it seems kinda expected coming from that family. Poor girls, it’s good they have each other.

    • jwoolman says:

      Way back in ancient times (the late 1950s/early 1960s), by fifth grade (ten years old) the girls were very into bleaching their hair blonde. I was one of the few holdouts (my mother would have been delighted to have me do it, though). I remember a new student in fifth grade came a with a blonde stripe in her dark hair. This was considered quite daring by the kids, who had never seen such a thing before, although I don’t recall any adult saying anything about it.

      In my high school, exactly one student wore makeup. Her mother was a beautician and she wanted to be one also. Her face looked like a mask with long false eyelashes included. Her hair was carefully sprayed into a pouffy helmet hairdo. Her nails were amazingly long. She moved so carefully all the time to avoid messing anything up. Again, I don’t recall any teacher bothering her about it. The rest of us were carefree slobs.

  17. Nancy says:

    I watched that show in the beginning and Teresa treated Gia more like a friend/sister than child. It is a very strange bond they have. It doesn’t surprise me Gia shows up dressing like a twenty something instead of a teen. The youngest is pretty with lost eyes. Can’t be easy having each of your parents in prison. Eeeks. GL girls.

  18. Enn says:

    I’m mostly pissed that she scammed, went to prison, and is back out scamming and there are no consequences. The jewelry, the trips, the clothes…regular people don’t get these chances. As a society, we’ve glorified scheming and stealing as long as it gets and keeps you in the spotlight.

  19. Fluster says:

    I think that she could afford to learn that she herself is beautiful as she is, and to teach her daughters that, but I simply don’t give a shit what people let their kids do if it isn’t harming them (or others). If mom wears makeup, why shouldn’t baby wear makeup? It’s paint, y’all. It’s the same as people freaking out about little girl bikinis being “slutty.” No, that just makes you a pervert, lmao.

    • otaku fairy... says:

      Yes. There’s a nasty trend of people projecting the toxic myths they’ve internalized onto random young girls who aren’t even their daughters. Sometimes a female in the public eye can even be 18 or older and get the ‘where are her parents’ treatment when folks see something immodest, so it’s a pleasant surprise to see some not do that for once. #Progress

  20. Dani says:

    If this is the worst thing people have seen a 14 (or even 17) year old wear, I invite you to New York City, in the village or on the LES to come take a peak at what the 14 year olds wear here. Much ado about nothing. They’re on VACATION.

  21. OkieOpie says:

    These look like teenage girls you see everywhere. The 9 year old doesn’t look bad or inappropriate. Most little girls love makeup and Youtube beauty stuff. I find the outfits on the one on the far right to be the worst considering how young she is but even that is not that bad. People need to stop with the concern trolling.

    • aenflex says:

      That’s the thing, you’re right, this is what pre-teen and teen girls look like everywhere. I don’t necessarily think it’s a good thing at all. The emphasis is placed on physical perfection, perfect skin, perfect hair, sexiness, attractiveness, etc, and compounds the idea that women need to look a certain way. I don’t believe that’s a good message for pre-teen and teen girls, especially if they aren’t being raised with ideals that counterbalance this. I don’t know anything about this family, just speaking generally.

  22. Eveil says:

    Don’t care. As long as those kids aren’t abused, whatever they decide between themselves and their mother has nothing to do with me.

    • Teresia says:

      That’s my opinion too. This picture doesn’t bother me at all. I only wish I was that good with makeup. They’re all gorgeous girls.

  23. Green_Eyes says:

    Wow, I haven’t watched RHONJ in quite awhile, I didn’t recognize Gia all grown up. Last time I saw photos or caught on the the shows her mom just got out of prision. I would be more concerned about what looks like a nose job on Gia as opposed to the makeup her lil Sister is wearing. Some lil girls want to play dress up w/ makeup on special occasions. No harm there. I hope I’m wrong and it’s just really good contourin on Gia. But her nose is thinner (she has lost weight)
    but it also appears shorter than it did in older photos.. hope I’m wrong. She is a beautiful young lady, no surgery ever needed.. but her mom and all the other housewives get everything nipped, tucked, enhanced, botoxed, and filled within an inch of their life.. so no surprise when their kids follow suit. So sad.. I hope Gia hasn’t followed suit already. Not my kid..but fill bad for anyone that young if they have already developed that kind of inferiority.. :(

  24. curachel20 says:

    This post made me go stalk her IG page…you guys…her head looks photoshopped onto some other body in every picture 😂. I can’t tell if it’s because of the face makeup being the completely wrong color, or if she makes her body too small with edits, but please go look and have a late night chuckle with me 😊

  25. DesertReal says:

    I am so over this broad and her short-sightedness.

  26. Claire says:

    OK Hecate: but you should be shamed for the incorrect use of an apostrophe in “I know a lot of mom’s”. You know a lot of moms, plural, not a lot of contractions of “Mom is”. #BeBetter to the English language, please. This culture of apostrophe abuse really rankles.

  27. Andrea says:

    Not my kid … don’t care. Personally I think makeup on young girls are just sad. The young are beautiful as they are!

    What I actually came here to say is who at Atlantis Resort marketing department thought hiring her to promote thier business was a good idea? If I spent thousands on a holiday and had to mix with Teresa I’d be pissed.