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Kerry Katona in furious GMB row with RHOJ’s Tessa Hartmann over padded bikini tops for girls as young as 9

KERRY Katona got into a furious row with Real Housewives of Jersey’s Tessa Hartmann on Good Morning Britain today over padded bikini tops for young girls.

The 40-year-old star was horrified by the “sexualised” swimwear, which is marketed at children as young as nine.


Kerry Katona and Tessa Hartmann clashed on Good Morning Britain today[/caption]

Meanwhile, fashion expert Tessa defended the move – and made personal digs at Kerry as the row got more heated.

Kerry, who is mum to five children including four daughters, kicked off the segment by exclaiming: “The world’s gone mad!”

She added she was “really gobsmacked” by the swimwear, going on: “It’s so wrong, children need to be children.”

But Tessa argued the bikini top does “protect the modesty” of young girls – and would stop them from being self-conscious.


Kerry, and hosts Richard Madeley and Susanna Reid, found the concept inappropriate[/caption]


The padded swimwear is marketed at children as young as nine[/caption]

While host Susanna Reid held the item up to argue that it has a definitive “shape”, Tessa continued to defend the controversial garment.

She ranted: “There are a lot of things out there that sexualise children, like social media sites like OnlyFans – but when it comes to the modesty of a young girl…”

Kerry laughed as she interrupted: “OnlyFans is an over-18 site, nobody is putting that to a nine-year-old child.”


Tessa bizarrely compared the swimwear to being on OnlyFans[/caption]


Kerry corrected Tessa after she claimed her kids took nude photos of the star for the site[/caption]

Insisting that she’d never put her young daughter in a padded bikini around strangers at a swimming pool, she continued: “That is almost like dangling a carrot in front of a paedophile.”

Tessa hit back: “But it’s okay for your teenage daughters to take the photos of you naked to put on a social media site? But you won’t let them wear a bikini that covers your modesty?”

Confused Kerry was furious, correcting: “My children do not take pictures of me naked, you’ve got it completely wrong!


Kerry has five children[/caption]


Kerry defended posing in lingerie for social media sites with an appropriate age limit[/caption]

“My children take pictures of me in a bikini or in my underwear, I’m 40 years old. That is an over-18 site, why would a nine-year-old child be Googling topless pictures in the first place?

“What I do for an over-18 site is completely different to giving a nine-year-old child padded breasts.”

Host Richard Madeley then interrupted the clash to “get order” back to the debate about the bikini.

Tessa was ultimately outnumbered on her view, with Richard insisting that he found the padded children’s clothes “weird” – echoing Susanna and Kerry’s view.

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