'Cruel trolls mock my kids' outfits but I think it's £6,000 well spent'
A mum who has spent £6,000 dressing up her fashionista kids says they're are "happy and loved" despite cruel trolls suggesting otherwise.
Jyotika Rai Rana, 30, from Kent, dresses up little Joy, four, and Miggin, two, in clothes she's mainly bought on the high street.
The stay-at-home mum says she's always had a passion for fashion, and her outfit creations for the tots are mainly inspired by K-Pop stars.
She first caught the bug for styling her kids when she organised a photoshoot for her newborn daughter.
Jyotika said: “Joy loves dressing up but Miggin however still has no idea what’s going on – he loves posing with his sister though.
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“I usually shop from all over the place, from high street shops to online stores, such as Zara, Primark and Shein.”
The mum, who also lives with her husband Ganesh, started sharing her outfit creations by posting on TikTok - and before she knew it, the well-dressed tots had gone viral.
“At the beginning, I shared the outfits purely because I have a history of losing or breaking my phone, so social media was my sort of ‘online’ folder of memories," Jyotika said.
“I didn’t expect them to get so much attention though."
The pair have racked up an army of devoted fans since their mum first started posting their outfits, but some people have criticised Jyotika for dressing them as "mini adults."
In one recent video, she begins by posting a photo of little Miggin as a tiny baby. Then she cuts to him now, wearing a loose-fitted blue and white shirt.
Other outfits include an oversized black trench coat with Burberry scarf and a sweater vest with baggy beige trousers.
While most people are in awe of the mum's style, others have criticised her, arguing "kids should be kids."
One person said of Miggin: "He’s literally an icon and I’m not even joking."
Another said: "That’s the cutest, most stylish baby I’ve ever seen."
One person even asked Jyotika if she could style him with adult versions of the cute outfits.
However, another said: "Let them be kids."
They added: "They are just kids put them in dinosaur T shirts and tights."
Another said: "Simply no. I can't let my niece grow up. Stop."
Despite the negative comments, Jyotika pays no attention and insists her children are fine and happy.
She said: "I don’t really let [negativity] get to me, as I know they have a normal lifestyle like any other children. They are happy kids who are very loved.
"There was really no inspiration or motive behind this interest, I just loved adoring my children like any mother would.
"I love them in their oversize neutral coloured outfits, as well as a trench coat. We do it because it’s fun – there’s nothing wrong with wanting your child to look good. It's a form of art and practice definitely makes perfect."
Over the last five years Jyotika has spent £6,000 on her kids' wardrobes - but she added this equates to £120 every month.
She also insisted none of the clothes go to waste - and she sometimes makes money back on them.
She said: "We resell our pre-loved clothing after we wear it once or twice and most of their outfits aren’t too expensive.
"I believe money can be earned in time, but their childhood cannot be bought back when they grow up – I have zero regrets.
"Only time will tell if either of them will seek a career in fashion but I have no intention of putting any kind of pressure on them.
"I think everyone has a stylist inside of them, you just need to find the confidence."
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