While I was doing my weekend blog surfing I came across this blog post on Yahoo! Shine about the fashion spread in French Vogue featuring little girl models. As you’ll see in a minute, they aren’t in little girl clothes, but rather rocking fashion their mom’s would wear. They are decked out in full makeup, big girl hair, and shot in very Vogue-esque poses. It was something that I’ve never seen before and I’m aware that fashion mags will sometimes push the envelope by offering controversial photos. I also understand that fashion is a form of artistic expression and being the creative person that I am I can’t be one to shut down artistic freedom, even if it makes me uncomfortable. But, like all art, it’s open to interpretation – meaning I can feel however I want about it and it’s neither right or wrong.
So with all of that said, I have some issues with some of these photos.
Little girls wearing really big girl clothes:
Forget the argument of a this being fodder for pedophiles aside, for I think they will be who they are regardless. I take more of issue with young girls looking at these pictures and starting the cycle of trying to reach an untainable standard of beauty earlier than they should. Can you imagine a young daughter of sister of yours asking to wear Louboutin’s at age 5 just because the girl in the picture is? Heck, I couldn’t wear makeup until I was sixteen! I understand that all little girls like to try on their mommy’s clothes, smear on her lipstick and walk around the house like a fool. I get it. But in a mainstream magazine, I have a slight issue with that (just like I do with little girl beauty pageants but that’s a topic for another day!) Some of these clothes are just way too sexy for these girls and the makeup is just too grown up for my taste.
Some of the Poses are too Racy for me:
If Vogue took these same girls and took the angle of them playing dress up in Mommy’s closet, then my first issue wouldn’t be null and void. However, to have them strutting stuff that hasn’t even developed yet is just a little too much for me. A five year old being sexy is not the message I want to send. It’s bad enough you have thirteen year olds trying to be sexy. Why start this trend off any younger? Granted, some of these poses aren’t too bad, however, the one with little mama layed out on the couch? I don’t think so. If you want to show the clothes then have these girls pose doing little girl things, like playing with dolls or watching TV. Don’t have her draped over animal skin showing her legs in stilletto heels.
Like I said, I get the whole artistic freedom of expression but in this day in age where our young girls are facing things that even I didn’t have to deal when I was young, we have to be careful about what we put out there. They are getting bombarded with crazy messages about fashion, sex, and beauty every day. Why add to the madness?
To be fair, here are few that weren’t too bad in my opinion, though I wished they were a little less made up:
What do you ladies think? Too racy or not so much?
Photos courtesy of: www.buzzfeed.com