"Fashion Is My Kryptonite" (CD Single)

Music review by
Kim Alessi, Common Sense Media
"Fashion Is My Kryptonite" (CD Single) Music Poster Image
Shallow pop song overemphasizes fashion and looking good.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 19 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

The overall message is that the desire to be fashionable overrides anything else that's important in life: "When we up in the club / It's easy to see / That we got style in our veins / 'Cause fashion's what we breathe." But the song's title characterizes fashion obsession as a fatal weaknesss, just as kryptonite is Superman's weakness.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Zendaya and Bella express a need to be noticed and respected based on appearance: "Hold up, I got somethin' to say / Our fashion sense is a-OK / Walkin' your way, so you better look nice / We're double dot of sugar and spice." No adult is present in the accompanying video other than a Fashion Fairy Godmother who decides on Zendaya and Bella's fashion choices.

Violence
Sex

Lyrics are clean -- but the hyper-focus on fashion points clearly to the importance of sex appeal; video shows some short skirts, tight pants, bare shoulders, and sexy runway-style struts, but not much more.

Language
Consumerism

Fashion can be a costly weakness; the world "Kryptonite" alludes to DC Comics icon Superman's one vulnerability. No clothing labels are mentioned or seen in the accompanying video, but guest star/fashion Fairy Godmother Cat Deeley (host of Fox's So You Think You Can Dance) has endless access to designer outfits. And this song is part of the greater Disney franchise.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "Fashion Is My Kryptonite" is a simplistic pop song about being stylish -- and ultimately, sexy -- so it's not a good choice for young tweens. The video is fanciful and shows some skimpy outfits and runway-style struts. There may be an underlying message about knowing what makes you feel good, but that doesn't depend on a high hemline or designer label. Still, tweens may want to try this one on for size because it's in vogue right now and fueled by the Disney Machine. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 5, 8, and 11 year old Written byCassidy D. April 6, 2013

HORRIBLE SONG!!!

What the heck is wrong with Disney lately? This song is the absolute worst. It sounds EXACTLY like "Sexy and I know it". It is all about how fashion i... Continue reading
Parent Written byMouseSlap August 26, 2012

How did this get through Disney

My baby girl is way far from being "up in da club" any time soon. besides Kryptonite brings harm to Superman.
Teen, 16 years old Written byRae-la September 13, 2012

Ugh...awful song.

Seriously, who would sing this and mean it? This song is just so shallow. I bet even other Disney artists laugh at this song. Bella and Zendaya are my age. Why... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old January 22, 2013

Great, Upbeat Song

I think this is a great, funky song. The positive message is that people shouldn't care what other people think about what they wear. For the people who sa... Continue reading

What's the story?

"Fashion Is My Kryptonite" is a single from the soundtrack for the Disney Channel 90-minute movie special Shake It Up: Made In Japan. This song is a duet between singers/actresses/dancers Zendaya Coleman and Bella Thorne, who star in the original Disney Channel series Shake It Up.

Is it any good?

"Fashion Is My Kryptonite" is a shallow song about the importance of looking fashionable and, let's face it, sexy. There's nothing interesting about the predictable hip-hoppy music. Most concerning, however, is the song's message that emphasizes a stereotypical, sexualized image of young females. Tween and teen girls will likely be drawn to these modern-day Disney Princesses due to the crafty marketing as well as the catchy song and entertaining video.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the importance of fashion in our society. What does it mean to look fashionable or stylish?  Do fashion choices change at different stages of life? 

  • How are our fashion choices influenced by TV and movies, celebrities, commercials, and our friends? 

  • What is your style? What clothes and accessories make your feel comfortable? Uncomfortable?

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