Fashion Gone Wrong

Fashion magazines have got a lot to answer for these days. Size zero models, retouched pictures and ever-younger models being pictured as older.

Now just when you thought fashion couldn’t get any more provocative (or silly) French Vogue is back in the news for a fashion spread featuring 10 yr old French supermodel Thylane Lena-Rose Blondeau.

The pictures of Thylane taken for the January 2011 issue have been causing a mammoth stir this weekend because they take the word ‘inappropriate’ to a new level. In the fashion bible Thylane is pictured, styled and posed as a Lolita figure. In one photo she’s seen in a plunging gold lamé gown, heels and a full face of makeup and in another pouting seductively at the camera.

Sexualization of children

The pictures are no doubt meant to be ‘ironic’ but they yet again raise the question of young models being used in fashion magazines and the sexualization of children in the media in general. Small wonder Thylane’s mother has had to close her daughter’s Facebook fan page in response to some dubious posts after the magazine came out.

Beauty pageants

Having said all that is it really the magazine’s fault? Surely it’s up to parents to stop these kind of images from happening in the first place! Which leads me also to question the TV show, Toddlers & Tiaras and the hundreds of beauty pageants springing up in the UK for young girls!

These so called competitions also doll up children with make up, fake eyelashes, and get the kids posing in seductive clothes and ways. It all leaves a pretty nasty taste in my mouth and makes me want to shake the parents involved.

What are your thoughts? Harmless fun or something we should all make a stand against?

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