Is 10 years old too young to be a high fashion model?

posted at 7:45 pm on August 6, 2011 by Tina Korbe

In a word, yes. When I first read this story in The Daily Mail yesterday, I couldn’t bring myself to write about it. The thought of a precious, beautiful, innocent little 10-year-old sexed up to the nth degree, photographed and plastered on the pages of Paris Vogue flat-out hurt my heart. I still refuse to republish the most provocative pictures in the spread. But I’m writing about it today because at least a couple of important points need to be made.

First, the background:

Wearing heavy make-up and gold stilettos, Thylane Blondeau sprawls seductively on leopard print bed covers.

The provocative pose might seem like nothing unusual for a Vogue fashion shoot – except that Miss Blondeau is just ten years old.

Now the shocking images of the French child model have brought condemnation from parents’ groups and MPs. …

Last night the Mothers’ Union issued a damning criticism of Miss Blondeau’s Vogue pictures.

‘We have grave concerns about the modeling agency who represent Miss Blondeau, which clearly does not know if it represents a child or an adult,’ it said.

‘Photo shoots requiring her, a ten-year-old-girl, to dress in full make-up, teetering heels and a dress with a cleavage cut to the waist across her prepubescent body deny Miss Blondeau the right to be the child she is.’

Obviously, the Mothers’ Union is right — and the vast majority of parents agree. According to a review cited in the Daily Mail article, 88 percent of parents say they think their children are under pressure to grow up too fast — and those children aren’t featured in risque magazine pictorials.

It’s often said, but bears repeating, that the TV, magazine and advertising images we absorb train our minds as to what is considered attractive — and, yes, specifically sexually attractive — in our culture. So, what does a magazine feature like this say? That it’s OK, even encouraged, to look at a child in a sexual way.

As Koa Beck, deputy editor of Mommyish.com, told ABC’s “Good Morning America” Thursday, these pictures encourage readers to view Blondeau in a sexual manner. “I think that I’m seeing a very young girl being sexualized, being gazed at in a very adult way,” Beck said on the show.

But it’s adamantly not OK to look at a child in a sexual way, as harsh laws against pedophilia and child pornography attest. Maybe it seems like a leap of logic to move from provocative pictures to pornography and pedophilia, but again, images train the mind’s eye. The more readers and viewers see children in adult poses and in adult clothes, the less jarring it will be to those readers and viewers to see children in adult roles. It’s all highly inappropriate — and in territory better avoided entirely.

But another point I want to make about this is an even broader one — one Kristen Soltis, Katie Pavlich and I discussed this week on PJTV’s “Washington Watch.” On the show, Katie talked about the warped (liberal) tendency to reverse childhood and adulthood — to encourage children to grow up too fast and then to excuse adults from personal responsibility. This spread is representative of that. Don’t you just know the people who would defend these photos would probably find nothing immature about 26-year-old “kids” remaining on their parents’ health insurance? (Just to be clear, that’s not to say everybody who thinks extending parental health insurance to 26-year-olds would be OK with these photos — I trust the vast majority of people find these anything-but-edgy and way over the line.)

Finally, the Mothers’ Union called out Blondeau’s modeling agency, but her parents bear far more responsibility than the agency, the photographer or the editor, just as parents bear far more responsibility for childhood obesity epidemics and the like. Societal disapprobation of irresponsible parenting and neighborly intervention ought to be so strong as to render state intervention unnecessary. In a case like this one, though, I tend to agree with Penny Nance, CEO of Concerned Women for America, who told The Daily Caller that Blondeau’s parents should be punished for allowing their child to partake in such a shoot.

“This is clearly child exploitation and her parents should be legally charged,” Nance told TheDC.

It’s so, so sad that it’s come to this.

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Tina… perhaps you should check out an episode of Dance Moms. I just saw one when flipping through channels on the tread mill and was horrified. The little nine year old girls were in slutty two piece outfits for their routine after the incredibly obese dance teacher demanded that they wear them and called them fat.

Illinidiva on August 6, 2011 at 7:51 PM

Agreed. This is Sick.
As if there aren’t plenty of slutty older models to find to pose like this…..and as if there aren’t enough age appropriate ways and places to pose a child model.
Sick. I cannot believe a mother would agree to this.

bridgetown on August 6, 2011 at 7:52 PM

Yes.

Electrongod on August 6, 2011 at 7:55 PM

Illinidiva on August 6, 2011 at 7:51 PM

that just breaks my heart.

bridgetown on August 6, 2011 at 8:00 PM

Si

Dingbat63 on August 6, 2011 at 8:00 PM

This child is absolutely Beautiful.
Why add the make-up and the sultry sexual stuff to it??
WHY?????

bridgetown on August 6, 2011 at 8:04 PM

The French.

mankai on August 6, 2011 at 8:05 PM

Is 10 years old too young to be a high fashion model?

Definitely. Let them be kids while they can.

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 6, 2011 at 8:09 PM

Jon-Benet Ramsey…

OmahaConservative on August 6, 2011 at 8:11 PM

Just another indication of the sexualization of Western culture. All the media has wanted to “push the envelope” since Hollywood hit the scene. So where does it end? Moving toward Sodom.

Christian Conservative on August 6, 2011 at 8:14 PM

Vogue has been trash for years, in my opinion. However…if parents wouldn’t pimp their daughters, and sell them out to magazines, and modeling agencies…these rags would have to use older, and more appropriately aged women for these jobs.

Ultimately, I blame the parents. Yes, Vogue is repulsive for doing this, but they never would have, if parents would let their children…be children first.

capejasmine on August 6, 2011 at 8:17 PM

Having spent a couple of years on business, off and on, in Paris, the views there on sexuality in general and underage promiscuity, sadly, are so different than most any other country I know. And this was Paris Vogue, after all. That said, remember the Gap ads, where they also attempted to pimp children right here in the states?

Yes, sex sells, but I don’t know what it is about the fashion industry that thinks that involving little girls in their marketing strategies in this manner has any place in a civilized society. Yet, the parents, in my view, are far more to blame, even the ones in Paris.

TXUS on August 6, 2011 at 8:23 PM

What’s next? Breast implants for fifth graders? Oh cr@p, I shouldn’t give those pervs any ideas.

juliesa on August 6, 2011 at 8:24 PM

Personally, she looks like a little girl wearing mommy’s makeup and clothes…not much sexy/sexiness/seductive/provocative about it. Maybe we could come up with another human law that would toss her and her parents into prison for the next 100 years (each).

Karmi on August 6, 2011 at 8:25 PM

HE!! YES!

sicoit on August 6, 2011 at 8:26 PM

No, its irresponsible for her parents to subject her to that destructive even for adults environment.

Your obligation is to protect and nurture, modeling is a tough adult business rife with harmful cutthroat people.

Speakup on August 6, 2011 at 8:27 PM

I’m sure Roman Polanski already has five copies of this magazine.

theflyonthewall on August 6, 2011 at 8:34 PM

The French.

mankai on August 6, 2011 at 8:05 PM

yet here, in the US there are beauty pageants for 5-year old girls (and more recently boys too), not only that, but they are widely televised and popularized…what is the difference? did you see the ridiculous make up those little girls wear in these contests?….as most on the comments here pointed out, it’s the parents of these kids who are the problem…

jimver on August 6, 2011 at 8:34 PM

Karmi on August 6, 2011 at 8:25 PM

Tina said this was the least objectionable of the pics–also this isn’t a little girl playing dress up with friends.

I’ve looked at the others pics. They’re reprehensible. Her parents are not just irresponsible–they’re twisted into evil that their heart doesn’t cry out against this. They know the sexuality of the photos.

INC on August 6, 2011 at 8:35 PM

Katie talked about the warped (liberal) tendency to reverse childhood and adulthood — to encourage children to grow up too fast and then to excuse adults from personal responsibility. This spread is representative of that.

That’s very astute–and very true.

Exploitative hedonism.

INC on August 6, 2011 at 8:35 PM

The US is no better. Look at Toddlers and Tiaras, the show on TLC about little girls as young as 5 with thick makeup and high heels.

keep the change on August 6, 2011 at 8:37 PM

The French.

mankai on August 6, 2011 at 8:05 PM

here, mom gives Botox to 8 year-old daughter, aspiring pageant..and it’s America, not France…

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/12/8-year-old-botox-britney-campbell_n_860947.html

jimver on August 6, 2011 at 8:38 PM

It was “fun” when drudge had competing headlines.
Sexy at 73
Sexy at 10

Some Most will say both are just bad yet great leaps that both are empowering. In the elder and the young. It does open the question both ways. When is it too old to be sexy and when is to young.

Is sexy limited to only 20 or so years or all 60 years. When does this 20 years start, at 18 or when they want it to. If she or her family in trust make more money in a few years than most will make in decade is it still to young and not right. If she was in the more natural look without the makeup would it still do the same thing.

tjexcite on August 6, 2011 at 8:41 PM

It was “fun” when drudge had competing headlines.
Sexy at 73
Sexy at 10

Some Most will say both are just bad yet great leaps that both are empowering. In the elder and the young. It does open the question both ways. When is it too old to be sexy and when is to young.

Is sexy limited to only 20 or so years or all 60 years. When does this 20 years start, at 18 or when they want it to. If she or her family in trust make more money in a few years than most will make in decade is it still to young and not right. If she was in the more natural look without the makeup would it still do the same thing.

tjexcite on August 6, 2011 at 8:41 PM

The 73 year old is a traitor. I wish I had a Jane Fonda urinal sticker that was common in the Pentagon years ago.

Dingbat63 on August 6, 2011 at 8:46 PM

Let me sum this up: THIS.IS.DISGUSTING.! Let us remember Jean Benet…..(God rest her little soul). This kindakrapp just p!sses me off continuously! My daughter in law wants to put my 9 yo granddaughter into this krap. I told her, nicely of course, that if she did…..I would personally beat her to a pulp! :-) Don’t mess with the grandchildren…..

sicoit on August 6, 2011 at 8:49 PM

“… Katie talked about the warped (liberal) tendency to reverse childhood and adulthood — to encourage children to grow up too fast and then to excuse adults from personal responsibility.”

That pretty much sums it up…

Seven Percent Solution on August 6, 2011 at 8:51 PM

The US is no better. Look at Toddlers and Tiaras, the show on TLC about little girls as young as 5 with thick makeup and high heels.

keep the change on August 6, 2011 at 8:37 PM

The LEARNING CHANNEL….what.a.freakin.joke. I will NOT under any circumstances watch this channel as well as anything on HBO because of their “liberal” krap…… grrrrrrrrrr

sicoit on August 6, 2011 at 8:51 PM

tjexcite on August 6, 2011 at 8:41 PM

Interesting question. I never thought about any of it until I learned about the pedophiles out there. I couldn’t fathom an older person wanting these young children. Blew my mind, but I thought it was so very few people.
Come to find out….there are so many of them out there! It’s frightening! When I took my niece to her dance recital….innocent as it was…she was precious in her sparkly little dress all made up for the show, but I was so aware and suspicious of any man lurking nearby. I never would have thought like that 5 -10 years ago, because I had no idea that any adult would even go there.
So sad.
I guess, to a pedophile, it doesn’t matter what they’re wearing or if they’ve make up on…..I don’t know…..freaky. scary.
But, at the same time, to make these children think that make up and clothes make them….how sad….all of it …just sad..

bridgetown on August 6, 2011 at 8:53 PM

tjexcite on August 6, 2011 at 8:41 PM
As Cary Grant once said in a film, “When a woman is under 18 she is protected by law. When she’s over 60 she’s protected by nature. Any where in between, she’s fair game.”

chewmeister on August 6, 2011 at 8:53 PM

I told her, nicely of course, that if she did…..I would personally beat her to a pulp! :-) Don’t mess with the grandchildren…..

sicoit on August 6, 2011 at 8:49 PM

ha ha…I like your style~

bridgetown on August 6, 2011 at 8:56 PM

bridgetown on August 6, 2011 at 8:56 PM

:-)

sicoit on August 6, 2011 at 8:58 PM

sicoit on August 6, 2011 at 8:58 PM

How’s that browser workin’ for ya’ darlin’?

OmahaConservative on August 6, 2011 at 9:00 PM

The US is no better. Look at Toddlers and Tiaras, the show on TLC about little girls as young as 5 with thick makeup and high heels.

keep the change on August 6, 2011 at 8:37 PM

I agree that’s pretty creepy, but the French are more overtly and intentionally pedophilic.

stefanite on August 6, 2011 at 9:00 PM

What’s next? Breast implants for fifth graders? Oh cr@p, I shouldn’t give those pervs any ideas.

juliesa on August 6, 2011 at 8:24 PM

Pervs? You shouldn’t talk about Planned Parenthood that way.

TXUS on August 6, 2011 at 9:03 PM

It’s a Brave New World… ya gotta grow sometime

billy on August 6, 2011 at 9:04 PM

This is old news. Agent Bedhead had a post on this back in January. Hit the link to see more pics. If your stomach is strong.

Angie Schultz on August 6, 2011 at 9:06 PM

OmahaConservative on August 6, 2011 at 9:00 PM

OMG….u r my hero OmahaConservative! I have been using FF since you helped me and I can actually refresh and it doesn’t take 10 minutes! Thanks again my friend! :-) Happiness is a freakin browser that works!

sicoit on August 6, 2011 at 9:06 PM

No one will, but I gotta ask. Is this something libertarians find beneficial to society? People enjoying their own morality that causes no harm (yeah right!) at all to anyone such that it should be never be regulated?

With 6 billion people, or even just the 300 million in America, magazines like this are likely to find a big enough base of clients to be able to spread this filth far and wide, along with the progressive/libertarian drive to push all morality out, they might just buy it to support the filth whether they like it or not.

astonerii on August 6, 2011 at 9:07 PM

OmahaConservative on August 6, 2011 at 9:00 PM

OMG….u r my hero OmahaConservative! I have been using FF since you helped me and I can actually refresh and it doesn’t take 10 minutes! Thanks again my friend! :-) Happiness is a freakin browser that works!

sicoit on August 6, 2011 at 9:06 PM

You *have* to update every time FF tells you to.
It is a *must* with the browser.

OmahaConservative on August 6, 2011 at 9:08 PM

sicoit on August 6, 2011 at 9:06 PM

You also *must open* IE occasionally and let it update to keep Windows operating properly, even if you abandon IE altogether as a browser…

OmahaConservative on August 6, 2011 at 9:12 PM

You *have* to update every time FF tells you to.
It is a *must* with the browser.

OmahaConservative on August 6, 2011 at 9:08 PM

I do not do that with firefox, I usually wait two weeks to update after it tells me to the first time.

astonerii on August 6, 2011 at 9:12 PM

OmahaConservative on August 6, 2011 at 9:08 PM

I have not received a message about updating……yet!

sicoit on August 6, 2011 at 9:12 PM

OmahaConservative on August 6, 2011 at 9:12 PM

IE has updates every 3 or 4 minutes it seems….but OK….will do. It is sooooo good to have computer savy (notice I did not say geeks) folks that you can trust… :-)

sicoit on August 6, 2011 at 9:14 PM

sicoit on August 6, 2011 at 9:14 PM

I am neither. Just a fan of FF over IE…

OmahaConservative on August 6, 2011 at 9:18 PM

sicoit on August 6, 2011 at 9:12 PM

No, of course not. You have the latest upgrade…

OmahaConservative on August 6, 2011 at 9:19 PM

I do not do that with firefox, I usually wait two weeks to update after it tells me to the first time.

astonerii on August 6, 2011 at 9:12 PM

Shhh…
I am trying to help a tech-unsavvy gal here. Let us guide her in slow steps…

OmahaConservative on August 6, 2011 at 9:21 PM

OmahaConservative on August 6, 2011 at 9:19 PM

Life is goooooooooooooodddddddd! oh and faster too! :-)

sicoit on August 6, 2011 at 9:21 PM

OmahaConservative on August 6, 2011 at 9:21 PM

Obi-won-OmahaConservative….what is it you wish of me?????

sicoit on August 6, 2011 at 9:22 PM

sicoit on August 6, 2011 at 9:22 PM

Just accept the FF updates and open IE once a week and let it update and you are cool…

OmahaConservative on August 6, 2011 at 9:25 PM

OmahaConservative on August 6, 2011 at 9:25 PM

!

:-) Will do!

sicoit on August 6, 2011 at 9:27 PM

astonerii on August 6, 2011 at 9:07 PM

This is why I can’t be a pure libertarian. When it comes to children, who can’t form their own judgement about right and wrong or what’s good for them or bad for them, a line must be drawn. Maybe it’s my blind devotion to the inalienable God-given rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

What would it say about us, as a civilization much less a country, to allow parents, for whatever their reasons, to parade their children in a sexually provocative manner today and thus jeopardize the children’s enjoyment of those rights tomorrow?

Can’t go with abortion either, so I can’t go with what I consider to be, in this instance, abortion-lite.

TXUS on August 6, 2011 at 9:28 PM

sicoit on August 6, 2011 at 9:27 PM

I haven’t let IE be my primary browser for years, now. Just keep it updated and laying idle darlin’

OmahaConservative on August 6, 2011 at 9:29 PM

TXUS on August 6, 2011 at 9:28 PM

Agreed. The sad thing is, have you seen how many 10yo wear makeup/short-shorts/etc. and THEIR MOTHER IS STANDING THERE WITH THEM!!!!! I am 56 yo and if my children EVER thought about doing that….grrrrrr. Now I have a grown son (36yo) with a wife who absolutely allows my grandchildren to dress the way THEY want (granddaughter is 9 and tries to look like she is 15, with the help of Mama, grandson is 13yo and thinks he can “do what he wants”, again with the help of Mama…..). Ugh, I am sorry, venting…..my d-in-law thinks it’s ok for MY GRANDCHILDREN to do their thing. God help her, she has noooooooooooooooo idea what she is in for…..and my son, I guess to “keep the peace/piece at home” says basically: whatevah!

sicoit on August 6, 2011 at 9:35 PM

OmahaConservative on August 6, 2011 at 9:29 PM

Thanks, again. Will do. Are you sure you’re not southern darlin???????? :-)

sicoit on August 6, 2011 at 9:37 PM

What’s next? Breast implants for fifth graders? Oh cr@p, I shouldn’t give those pervs any ideas.

juliesa on August 6, 2011 at 8:24 PM

Red Alert! Red Alert! Activating emergency brainbleach!

Uncle Sams Nephew on August 6, 2011 at 9:37 PM

sicoit on August 6, 2011 at 9:35 PM

More likely in the current pro women divorce court era, it is more to keep his paycheck. If she does not believe in marriage, as in real marriage, then he has been neutered by this. I chose my wife wisely, and insured she understood regardless of the law of the land, the law of nature says for life.

astonerii on August 6, 2011 at 9:40 PM

sicoit on August 6, 2011 at 9:37 PM

Nope. Born & bred in Omaha, spent 25 years in San Diego and shook off the CA dust from my heels in Sept. 2005 and came home. I just love my conservative women and call ‘em as I sees ‘em by an affectionate name that doesn’t offend. I am fifty six, so I am fast approaching codger status…

OmahaConservative on August 6, 2011 at 9:41 PM

Nope. Born & bred in Omaha, spent 25 years in San Diego and shook off the CA dust from my heels in Sept. 2005 and came home. I just love my conservative women and call ‘em as I sees ‘em by an affectionate name that doesn’t offend. I am fifty six, so I am fast approaching codger status…

OmahaConservative on August 6, 2011 at 9:41 PM

Nope, I am 56 and lovinit! Me, born in New Orleans, grew up in NJ, moved to TX when I was 16 and GLAD TO BE HERE! I appreciate your

call ‘em as I sees ‘em by an affectionate name

Ooooooohhhhh yeah…..
As we say here in the GREAT.STATE.OF.TEXAS….YEEEEEEEHAAAAAAWWWWWWW! Oh and, gitterdone!

sicoit on August 6, 2011 at 9:46 PM

sicoit on August 6, 2011 at 9:46 PM

OK to finish my thought: Nope, I am 56 and lovinit! Me, born in New Orleans, grew up in NJ, moved to TX when I was 16 and GLAD TO BE HERE! I appreciate your opinions/thoughts/affectiate names.

sicoit on August 6, 2011 at 9:50 PM

“This is clearly child exploitation and her parents should be legally charged,” Nance told TheDC.

Yes. Her parents, the modeling agency, and Vogue should be legally charged.

It’s so, so sad that it’s come to this.

Even more so that it has been this way for some time now.

rukiddingme on August 6, 2011 at 9:52 PM

I seem to recall some outrage about things like this around the same time JonBenet Ramsey was murdered.

I find this disgusting, as well as those child pageants that do the exact same thing but happen to have a much smaller audience than Vogue magazine.

ButterflyDragon on August 6, 2011 at 9:52 PM

sicoit on August 6, 2011 at 9:46 PM

gotcha’ darlin’ ;)
I have two brothers in TX, both conservatives. Three in Omaha and one sis, one deceased brother. All conservative except my azzhole University prof socialist bro’ here in Omaha who has abandoned his Lutheran/Christian faith. The rest of us are active in our parishes…

OmahaConservative on August 6, 2011 at 9:53 PM

More likely in the current pro women divorce court era, it is more to keep his paycheck. If she does not believe in marriage, as in real marriage, then he has been neutered by this. I chose my wife wisely, and insured she understood regardless of the law of the land, the law of nature says for life.

astonerii on August 6, 2011 at 9:40 PM

astonerii, not to knock you, but I am totally confused by your post.
I think that it’s GREAT that you chose your wife wisely….goood on you. My son/his wifes’ relationship is their choice. They have been married for 15+ yrs. I don’t usually get involved…..but sometimes I feel I must. Pffffffttttt. Anyway. It doesn’t mean they will listen to me, but I can always hope…My point is, with age comes wisdom…..most of the youngsters (I HATE that word) don’t believe that. Oh well, we must all make our mistakes and learn from them. :-) BUT….whether my son/d-in-law listen, I will STILL speak my piece….. *ugh*

sicoit on August 6, 2011 at 9:58 PM

OmahaConservative on August 6, 2011 at 9:53 PM

I feel ur pain. I have ONE brother in Colorado who thinks the sun STILL rises and sets on O…..My other brother (here in TX) and I still work on him. As they say, u can’t cure stupid!

sicoit on August 6, 2011 at 10:00 PM

I feel ur pain. I have ONE brother in Colorado who thinks the sun STILL rises and sets on O…..My other brother (here in TX) and I still work on him. As they say, u can’t cure stupid!

sicoit on August 6, 2011 at 10:00 PM

Oh, yes, my bro too in CO doesn’t even believe in God….. that’s another “fight” we have constantly. He is 54 yo. I keep telling him, (chuckle) that he’s gettin closer to his Maker…..this I will keep on harping on with him. We come from family in Louisiana….my family WILL.NOT.ALLOW.THIS…..God love em!

sicoit on August 6, 2011 at 10:04 PM

sicoit on August 6, 2011 at 9:35 PM

Lemme guess. Your DIL is a lib? Or, perhaps, just one of these parents today into serious conflict avoidance, since they don’t know how to do anything but that, given their no-rules upbringing themselves? So their kids run their lives instead of the way it should be.

Either way, it must be very frustrating. But, remember the 3 Cs. I didn’t Cause it, I can’t Control it, and I cant’t Cure it.

TXUS on August 6, 2011 at 10:06 PM

sicoit on August 6, 2011 at 9:58 PM

You brought his marriage into the conversation. You said he was likely cowed by the peace/piece issue. I was just speculating that it might also be the fact that he is forced to be cowed into the peace because of the fluidity of their relationship. She can leave him for any reason, regardless how long they have been together, and she will get half immediately, and probably half or more for the rest of the children’s growing years. It has to be part of his thoughts when her desires and his desires conflict, and he is the one forced to stand down and just take it like a good little boy.

astonerii on August 6, 2011 at 10:14 PM

Lemme guess. Your DIL is a lib? Or, perhaps, just one of these parents today into serious conflict avoidance, since they don’t know how to do anything but that, given their no-rules upbringing themselves? So their kids run their lives instead of the way it should be.

Either way, it must be very frustrating. But, remember the 3 Cs. I didn’t Cause it, I can’t Control it, and I cant’t Cure it.

TXUS on August 6, 2011 at 10:06 PM

Nope, she’s not a lib. She lets the kids “do what they want” kindakrappp. Yep, I have always believed in the 3 C’s. My problem, I guess u could call it, is THESE CHILDREN, AMONG SOOOOOOO MANY OTHERS ARE OUR FUTURE! WTH do they care about us/their parents? THIS is what frightens me. And my own son says……hey Ma…..what do you want me to do? OMG Uhhhhhhhhh, how about take responsibilty and RAISE YOUR CHILDREN TO GIVE A SH!T! *heavy sigh*….sorry, venting….

sicoit on August 6, 2011 at 10:15 PM

… THESE CHILDREN, AMONG SOOOOOOO MANY OTHERS ARE OUR FUTURE! WTH do they care about us/their parents? THIS is what frightens me. And my own son says……hey Ma…..what do you want me to do? OMG Uhhhhhhhhh, how about take responsibilty and RAISE YOUR CHILDREN TO GIVE A SH!T! *heavy sigh*….sorry, venting….

sicoit on August 6, 2011 at 10:15 PM

First, forget about your son’s resignation to all this; he’s either financially, emotionally, sexually or otherwise owned by another woman. If he can’t or won’t take control, again, it’s the 3 Cs you need to focus on. Nothing you can do about that situation.

As to the bigger picture, for every case out there like yours, there are many others where parents are doing the right thing when it comes to raising their young children. I know it’s hard to see from your vantage point, but there are millions of young parents out there who are trying and are doing what needs to be done, albeit it will never be in the way you and I were raised.

I have great faith in the future of this nation, despite all the crazy bad stuff that permeates our daily adventure these days since, like our founders, I believe God somehow infused this land with the DNA of freedom.

TXUS on August 6, 2011 at 10:55 PM

But it’s adamantly not OK to look at a child in a sexual way, as harsh laws against pedophilia and child pornography attest.

Under islamic law, it’s just fine – praiseworthy in fact.

Rebar on August 6, 2011 at 11:14 PM

Pervs. Every last one of them.

evergreen on August 7, 2011 at 12:08 AM

C’mon Tina, they’re just appealing to their future Muslim overlords.

9 is marryin’ age in Islam, thanks to their “prophet” Moham-MAD.

profitsbeard on August 7, 2011 at 12:39 AM

Actually, if you’d (and Daily Mail) had been paying attention, then you’d know Vogue was basically tongue-in-cheeking the whole Pretty Baby thing. That’s why the obvious oversized shoes and earrings and the very visible undershirts in the designer dresses. It was more a commentary and a bit of provocation on the subject of “How young is too young?”

di butler on August 7, 2011 at 12:42 AM

Honestly, I don’t see anything wrong with kids playing dressup. If this is sexual then there is something wrong with you, not the kid or the pictorial. I see a kid in mommy’s clothes. Playing fashion model. I bet she had a great time. Jeeze.

ronsfi on August 7, 2011 at 12:52 AM

“This is clearly child exploitation and her parents should be legally charged,” Nance told TheDC.

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There is a list… the parents are on it but they are not alone. I will bet that they did not buy the cloths or dress her for the shoot… and the magazine published only after a nod from a few other cohorts…
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Drag the net wide on this and see what emails of the photos went out, came back, and what they said. To focus on the parents will not even slow this crap down at all… Hit the purveyors with both barrels… then it might stop.
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RalphyBoy on August 7, 2011 at 12:55 AM

Heart breaking but not surprising. As we abandon the Judeo-Christian portion of our roots we will return to the way things were in the Dark Ages. What we view as children were viewed as little adults to be used like any other adult.

chemman on August 7, 2011 at 1:20 AM

Just a bit more of the “modeling school” scam that has been around for years. Those mothers foolish and wealthy enough to fall for it ruin their daughters at an early age. No contribution to the gene pool from these.

Those wiser mothers are patient and become grandmothers.

Caststeel on August 7, 2011 at 1:46 AM

Poor construction revision

The wiser mothers are patient and become grandmothers.

Caststeel on August 7, 2011 at 1:48 AM

This is what happens when you turn away from God and His Commandments, and make up your own “morals”. The Nazis and the Communists were able to justify all kinds of evil things, thanks to their Godless beliefs.

Ward Cleaver on August 7, 2011 at 1:51 AM

Just to be clear, that’s not to say everybody who thinks extending parental health insurance to 26-year-olds would be OK with these photos — I trust the vast majority of people find these anything-but-edgy and way over the line.)

Such equivocation, Tina. Say what you mean and mean what you say, for crying out loud ! This is creepy as hell, and her mother will answer for it eventually, someday.

Naturally Curly on August 7, 2011 at 1:53 AM

Two women are talking on the balcony of a hotel in Cannes. The older is telling the younger about how her doctor son has brought her to France in his private jet for a month’s vacation and they will shop the Champs Elysee that afternoon. Then there will be a Mediterranean tour on his yacht and so on and so on.
At each pause, the younger replies, “Fantastic.”
Finally the older woman runs out of brag and says,”By the way, what are you doing here?”
The younger says, “I’m going to charm school.”
The Older replies, “Charm school? I‘ve always wondered about those. What are they teaching you?”
“They’ve taught me to say, ‘Fantastic’ instead of bullshite.”, she says.

Caststeel on August 7, 2011 at 2:54 AM

Another amateurish article that has no place on hotair.

No real point to this piece.

Slow news day or something.

Yeah, I am a big hater!

Sherman1864 on August 7, 2011 at 4:41 AM

We murder (legally or otherwise) millions every year before they can take their first breath, and we ring our hands over far lesser evils such as this.

If man ever uses the moral aspect of his brain consistently, it will be the greatest miracle since his creation.

Don L on August 7, 2011 at 6:07 AM

Absolutely 100% pure WRONG!

No ten year old should be anywhere near the fashion industry! With the demands and pressures that are known to go with being in a career like this, not to mention the fact that the idiots who concocted this insane idea (parents and managers included) have created a pedophile’s dream come true by doing something this out of control stupid!

Any fashion magazine, Vogue, Elle, whoever, that publishes one single solitary photo of this poor kid should be shut down immediately and the editorial staff placed under arrest for promoting what is clearly child pornography!

THIS IS MADNESS!!!!!

pilamaye on August 7, 2011 at 7:40 AM

Thylane Blondeau has been doing this from a much younger age – since she was four I believe – including frontal nudity. I’m not condoning it by any means – just that this shouldn’t come as a surprise to anybody.

Teafran on August 7, 2011 at 7:57 AM

I have a good friend who allowed her daughters, then 14 and 12 to enter modeling. They have been in drug addiction programs many times with the oldest havong an abortion at 17. She can only blame herself. Pedophilia is a mental disesase that has no limits.

volsense on August 7, 2011 at 8:29 AM

Speaking of 10 year old girl models, does anyone else find these PlatformBreathe commercials a little creepy. These three ads, which are being plastered non-stop on TV, feature three different prepubescent girls in loose cotton bikinis splashing around in water. How are these images related to energy conservation? Is this child exploitation, or what?

Sun bikini girl: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ML8WzrSZLp8

Wave bikini girl: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_piLpDBZVM&NR=1

Wind bikini girl: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCGjlSpzpi4

Exploiting scantily clad young girls to advance a political agenda is cynical, disgusting, and offensive to public decency. And the icing on the cake: We’re subsidizing this junk with public funds, as platformbreathe gets tax exemption as a nonprofit ‘educational’ institution. (See http://www.taxexemptworld.com/organization.asp?tn=1567686 )

petefrt on August 7, 2011 at 8:48 AM

88 percent of parents say they think their children are under pressure to grow up too fast

Somehow, I feel like it is irresponsible to equate sexualized modeling with “growing up”.
Which is to say, this kind of behavior was never in the realm of responsible adulthood to begin with. In fact, it seems more like mainstreaming juvenile delinquency.

Count to 10 on August 7, 2011 at 9:40 AM

The french are some sick people.

tx2654 on August 7, 2011 at 9:58 AM

Actually, if you’d (and Daily Mail) had been paying attention, then you’d know Vogue was basically tongue-in-cheeking the whole Pretty Baby thing. That’s why the obvious oversized shoes and earrings and the very visible undershirts in the designer dresses. It was more a commentary and a bit of provocation on the subject of “How young is too young?”

di butler on August 7, 2011 at 12:42 AM

And the picture of her in the top that was split down the front to her waist?

Count to 10 on August 7, 2011 at 9:59 AM

Id never do a shoot like that

Weird

blatantblue on August 7, 2011 at 10:13 AM

Wow! I guess you guys are super enraged by the Coppertone Girl!

ronsfi on August 7, 2011 at 12:44 PM

Yes, another Jon-Benet in the works…

Khun Joe on August 7, 2011 at 1:03 PM

Wow! I guess you guys are super enraged by the Coppertone Girl!

ronsfi on August 7, 2011 at 12:44 PM

The ‘Coppertone Girl’ is was a cartoon caricature, not a living breathing little innocent (for the moment) 10-yr old child with pimps for parents. If you cannot fathom the difference then I imagine that you must be one hardcore anime fan.

Just for edification, the classic Coppertone Girl was dropped as an ad prop years ago when it became apparent that the innocence of the people and the times had given way to the predatory debauchery of a larger swath of people in modern times.

FlatFoot on August 7, 2011 at 1:29 PM

10-yr old child with pimps for parents

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I think you are blowing this WAAAAAYYYYY out of proportion. What is your evidence of the “predatory debauchery of a larger swath of people in modern times.”? I think you fantasize an idyllic past that certainly never was. People are no more or less twisted than they ever were. You folks just love to puff yourselves up with indignation because is makes you feel sooo superior. At least they gave the kid a chance to live past the womb.
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“’cause if you mind your own business, you won’t be mindin’ mine”

ronsfi on August 7, 2011 at 2:38 PM

I think you are blowing this WAAAAAYYYYY out of proportion. What is your evidence of the “predatory debauchery of a larger swath of people in modern times.”? I think you fantasize an idyllic past that certainly never was. People are no more or less twisted than they ever were. You folks just love to puff yourselves up with indignation because is makes you feel sooo superior. At least they gave the kid a chance to live past the womb.
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“’cause if you mind your own business, you won’t be mindin’ mine”

ronsfi on August 7, 2011 at 2:38 PM

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So is there a point at which you will stand up and say…’enough’? Or is it all good to you so long as your not on the hook for it some how?
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RalphyBoy on August 7, 2011 at 3:41 PM

Tina … news flash …

It’s WOMEN who raise kids. It’s WOMEN who socialize them. It’s WOMEN who instill culture and morality in them.

Government … whether controlled by men or women – has to control WOMEN because of this very fact.

Doubtful this 10 year old would have dressed like that if her Mother hadn’t approved of it. Just saying here.

Men have physical power – Women have sexual power. It’s the balance between those two that make men and women equal – absent the presence of any laws which may tip the scales in one direction or another.

So there is nothing wrong with re-enforcing sexual power in young girls (my God – they need to know they have SOME power). Though I agree with you that this 10 year old is WAY over the line – I still say that it’s the Mother’s who are in the best position to judge how they raise little girls.

I’m really not sure what to do about this little girl. If you’re asking me – we can’t craft a law to address her situation as it would have to be too subjective.

I think the better option is for you WOMEN who have a problem with this – and Men too – to boycott and express displeasure with the people who attempt to make money by doing this.

HondaV65 on August 7, 2011 at 3:45 PM

Just for edification, the classic Coppertone Girl was dropped as an ad prop years ago when it became apparent that the innocence of the people and the times had given way to the predatory debauchery of a larger swath of people in modern times.

FlatFoot on August 7, 2011 at 1:29 PM

LOL – where’s your evidence that today’s generation of males is any more perverse than the ones preceding it?

Have you ever toured the museum in Lille, France? My God man – the infatuation with sex and perversion is evident in even these classical works.

HondaV65 on August 7, 2011 at 3:49 PM

Whatever happened to the innocence of youth? I don’t think that the French are any better or worse than Americans. Beauty contests for 5 to 10 year-old females is part of our culture. I am old enough to remember the outrage over Brooke Shields being a preteen sex symbol.

SC.Charlie on August 7, 2011 at 7:31 PM

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