"Fashion Is My Kryptonite" (CD Single)

Shallow pop song overemphasizes fashion and looking good.

What parents need to know

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

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.

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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.

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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
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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. 

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.

Families can talk 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?

Music details

Artists:Bella Thorne, Zendaya
Release date:August 13, 2012
Genre:Pop music for kids
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 16 years old Written byRae-la September 13, 2012
age 8+

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 would they prance around singing this like the little girls who idolize them? And on top of that, who thought it would be a good idea to tell little girls that fashion and looking good is the number one priority? I just don't get this song. If I wanted to listen to a song with the word "kryptonite" in the title, I'd listen to 3 Doors Down, thank you very much. Also, isn't kryptonite supposed to be a bad thing? Like, you're supposed to hate it? Or is the word used here to mean weakness? If it's that, than I guess that makes sense. But any other way...that's just plain weird.
Parent of an infant, 3, 9, 10, and 17 year old Written byMyNameIsBeaver April 18, 2013
age 2+

Shows that fashion is "cool" nothing else, Stereotypical.

I don't know about you, but when the girls rap, Don't you think they are copying LMFAO, a drugged and "sexy" party band? The song they copy is Sexy and I know it, They just talk about looking good, its like being true, loyal, and honest doesn't matter. Ever saw those characters in those movies that bully people just because on their looks? "CeCe and Rocky" are those girls. They're like "Yo, look at me walkin on the streets like we VIP" It shows that you need to look good to be cool, that's not a good moral, I know some people who don't think they are ugly and because of songs like this, they do everything to get pretty from buying make-up to plastic surgery! They talk about being in clubs. I admit, I go to clubs, but the club I go to permits 17 and over, these girls are NOWHERE near 17 and they do not need to mention "clubbing" to kids. The beat is horrible to manage, it has extreme auto-tune and it's all about "fashion" It just keeps repeating over and over that fashion is "in" and nothing else, what happened to personality? I wish they would go extinct! There's also some iffy words (sexy) Overall do not recommend and how is fashion a weakness? Writers need better ideas, even the rap does not fit the chorus. I basically put on for age 2 because my kids all hate this song, but a 2 year old would like all the pastel colors and random music in the background, it's even good that they can't UNDERSTAND the lyrics. The music video has all the weird women modeling. They have like really large eyelashes and they are so skinny. I hope to not see a 6 year old copy that! Try again!
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Parent of a 5, 8, and 11 year old Written byCassidy D. April 6, 2013
age 18+


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 is the only thing that matters on this earth. And the title is talking about KILLING SUPERMAN!!! And really? Up in the club? What seven year old needs to know about being "Up in a club"? And don't get me started on the video. They wear trashy makeup and stupid outfits and just walk around in an abnormal way like a lunatic! This song is horrible and even my 5 year old hates. You can find better music for your kids people!
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much consumerism


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