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Pia Garcia, Contributor
August 08, 2011

Vogue Criticized for Spread Featuring 10-Year-Old + Should kids be allowed to dress sexy?

Do you think it's okay to allow young girls to wear makeup and sexy clothes even before they reach their teens? By Pia Garcia
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kids_wearing_makeup_poll_inside.jpgA recent spread in the French version of Vogue magazine has grabbed the attention of people all over the world. The esteemed magazine is known for editorials that feature beautiful designs from the most prestigious names in fashion. This time, however, people aren't talking about the clothes, but the model wearing them. This is because, in the January issue of the magazine, a 10-year-old girl is shown sporting looks meant for women much older.

Thylane Blondeau is the child model in the middle of all the controversy. In the photos she is shown in various poses, all wearing makeup, clothes, and facial expressions we usually see on models years older than she is.

Comments on an article on say that sexualizing such a young girl is wrong and that doing this takes away from the whole experience of childhood. They say that this is an example of parents who allow their child to play dress up and take it too far. But we all know of parents who think it's cute to have their little girls dress up in short skirts, backless tops, and makeup. Is this a case of kids just playing dress up or should it be taken seriously?

(Photo from Vogue France via BlackCarrefour on
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Poll Question:
Should young girls be allowed to wear makeup and sexy clothes even before they reach their teens?
  1. Yes. Most little girls play with makeup and clothes to try to look like their moms or big sisters. There's nothing wrong with that.
  2. Yes. If that's the way the child expresses herself, then it's fine, as long as her parents make sure that it doesn't go overboard.
  3. No. Makeup and revealing clothes aren't for kids. Children should act and dress like children.
  4. No. Dressing up in revealing clothes draws unwanted attention and judgment from other people--things that a child doesn't need or deserve.
  5. I don't care. It all depends on how parents choose to bring up their children. It doesn't really concern me.
  6. For me, it depends on the girl and the parents' opinions about what's healthy for her, but in the case of Vogue France, I think they went too far.
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