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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?
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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 TIME.com 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 YouTube.com)
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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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  • lunast Aug 08 2011 @ 09:16pm Report Abuse
    I think this photo is more artistic than vulgar.. I don't see anything wrong with it. I've done some modeling and this is really not that bad.. or baka naman yung ibang pics eh masyadong graphic. I dunno. I don't see what's the big deal in this particular pic. sana nilagay niyo din yung iba..
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  • ebele Aug 08 2011 @ 10:15pm Report Abuse

    That's not the whole picture. And that's not the only picture (of a suggestive nature, in my view). In the full version of the one you currently see, she has high-heeled shoes on. And they're quite high.

    You might not see what's wrong with it. But it's wrong. Period.
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  • MrsKolca Aug 09 2011 @ 12:45am Report Abuse
    I saw the rest of the photos and man.. this is crazy! Boo Vogue!! Boo parents of Thylane!!!
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  • we love sewing Aug 09 2011 @ 04:46pm Report Abuse
    It's wrong to use children this age to sell products aimed at much older women. Playing with Mother's make-up and clothes is one thing which we all did when we were young and I don't see any harm in that. But this has nothing to do with that. Why would any normal grown up women even want to see clothes aimed at them on a child? It's bad enough when 14 year olds are used to sell fashion to adults but this is just ridiculous! Vogue obviously just wants to generate controversy, but what were the parents thinking?
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  • maricar14 Aug 10 2011 @ 04:32pm Report Abuse
    I just saw the different pics of Thylane. There was nothing actually vulgar in the pics but it simply was wrong to have a 10 year old posing for a seductive look. She is still a child - not even a teenager.
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  • AILM Aug 13 2011 @ 01:49pm Report Abuse
    I don't see anything wrong with it.
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  • lilsaintsm0m Feb 10 2012 @ 07:35pm Report Abuse
    brooke shields?
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