Child model's 'sexy' controversy
Is the fashion industry forgetting child models are actually children?
By Tamar Cloete
Article originally in Parent24
Image via: Jalouse Magazine
Most people heard about child model, Thylane Blondeau, she was the little 10-year-old girl who posed topless for a Vogue Paris spread in 2011. The controversy surrounding her cover spread across the fashion, print and photography communities. Now the model has returned in yet another controversial cover.
Her breasts weren’t exposed but that doesn’t change the fact that she had no top on. With a pouty facial expression that looked somewhat seductive; the pose just rang all sorts of warning bells with critics.
Now, at the age of 12, Blondeau returns to the world of magazine covers. Instead of trying out the playful, happy side of being a teen, they choose to use another pouty, more serious looking option- but at least this time she’s wearing clothes on the cover of Jalouse.
Being a talented child and being photographed is fine until the phrase, “sex sells” intervenes. Obviously children should not sell sex, not even almost- on so many levels it could be seen as abuse and that should be the last thing we want for the kids of today.
On the real, there are so many sexual predators out there and having a kid put on a seductive pouty face to accommodate her grown up outfit is like feeding chocolate to a chocaholic!
According to The Gloss, in this cover they even hail her as the “next Kate Moss”. Okay, kudos to her for being seen as such an iconic model, but, at 12 years old, is she really ready for the attention?
Kids modelling swimwear is okay, BUT...
It shouldn’t ever be okay for a 10 or 12-year-old to model swimwear in a way that it actually looks like they’re selling their bodies. Photographers and publishers should try and keep the playful nature about kids and try to incorporate it in their photographs.
For an adult swimwear model it’s a different ordeal, they should be allowed to pose for the camera in any way that they want because they are adults. That’s why, to have them shy away from the camera and have a pouty facial expression so that the focus could be more on the bather and body of the model is fine, because they are adults.
Children shouldn’t be banned from modelling; they should be allowed to show their talent to their world at any age, even babies can model. But as soon as the fashion industry gets a hold of them it’s like they jump to the opportunity to start making mini-adult-models.
The latest Blondeau cover controversy will blow over; but the real problem is when kids are portrayed as not kids anymore.
Where do you draw the line with child modelling?