Recently French Vogue published risque photos of a 10-year-old Thylane Loubry Blondeau. The preteen girl wore make up, high heels and haute couture, and had expression that was not childish. Some say that was an work of art while others say it crossed a line.
I am personally disgusted. There are to many pedophiles in this world and young girls should be just that,"young girls." 10 years-old is to young to be wearing make-up, heels etc. What is this world coming to?
This is sad. Kids should be allowed to have a childhood. I can see it being okay for a young girl to imitate her mom by dressing in grownup clothing, etc., for play, but parents & society these days seem to be pushing kids into adulthood long before they're capable of even thinking about adult things.
I agree. The beauty contests for little girls should be all about natural beauty and talent. Not make-up, bikinis, ratted hair and hairspray. It is appalling none the less posing in Vogue. She looks like a 10-year old with make-up it is horrendous! Shame on Vogue for even doing such a thing, I am not looking at purchasing there magazine here in the U.S. for a long-long time.
Mrvoodoo, I believe you when you say the real danger is in seeing sexualization. But how can you differentiate glamorous and sexual? We don't want little girls look glamorous with sultry eyes, gaping pout (to burrow the words of critics of Vogue photos), we what them look innocent beauty, don't you agree?
Pedophiles are attracted to the innocent beauty naturally exuded by little girls. I think its perhaps true to say that glamorizing them will actually help protect them from perverts. Oh here are some examples of that little girl by the way.
Glamour, is defined as being: "Beautiful, and/or smart, in a showy way". And in terms of photography, is designed to engage the eye. Photographs of a sexual nature, are primarily designed to stimulate other organs. And while the two can blur, they are far from exclusive, in my opinion.
I couldn't agree more. Somebody says "THIS IS SICK!" And you have to agree, or risk looking guilty. Especially as a man. But I just don't see it here.
Is there a paedo somewhere in the world getting their jollies over these pics, possibly. Is the solution to hide all girls away and force them to wear to burkas? I'm not convinced. These days, if there's not a terrorist hiding in your teapot, there's a paedo. Take all necessary steps to keep your children (and the children of others) safe, but don't let the fear-mongers turn something innocent, into something seedy.
I agree with Brenda, we need to let our children have their childhoods. There is such a rush for them to be adults when they have to be adults for the rest of their lives but they only get to be children for 18 years, and really they only get to be children for about 15 years.
This is part of a bigger problem i.e. that society appears to put a higher value on appearances than any other qualities. The importance of the celebrity and and how they look and people wanting to copy them does not help.
It is worse when children are exploited than when adults are; the vulnerable (as in this case children) are meant to be protected by a civilised society not exploited by them.
The child is featured in a 'expensive' fashion magazine and in the red dress and the gold dress she is not wearing clothes designed for a child of ten they are scaled down versions of adults clothes. She has been posed by the photographer in an adult model pose.
The fashion world feeds us images of women that are virtually unattainably thin and young girls make themselves ill trying to achieve the same look. Models are living coat hangers to promote the clothes that the designers want to be fashionable that season.
And sadly most likely, somewhere in the world another little girl is also being exploited to produce cheap copies of those featured outfits, she works in a sweat shop instead of being able to go to school to get an education to free herself from the poverty she has been born into.
Frankly, these little girls deserve to have a childhood. Playing Barbie, not being Barbie. This is sad, yet disgusting that these innocent children are being portrayed as something that even they don't know. How does this really effect the way they view themselves, now or in the future?
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