Move over, Toddlers and Tiaras.
Vogue Paris has just upped the creepy, pedophilic ante with its recent fashion spread featuring dolled up models of oh…about six-years-old or so?
The only French words I know are for pastries, so the kind people at The Hairpin translated the spread’s title for me: “Cadeaux” means “presents” or “gifts.” Um, is this the sort of thing I can re-gift? Because I sort of want nothing to do with it.
Whether this is a lame attempt to be controversial and edgy, or if this is seriously what high fashion has come to (Tyra Banks? Can you help?), it’s a miserable flop, and only perpetuates the ever-growing crisis of female youth sexualization.
Bloggers Tom and Lorenzo say it pretty perfectly on their site: “Is this supposed to be some sort of cheeky commentary on the youth-obsessed fashion industry? A little nod and wink to the reader? We just don’t get it. It’s gross and it never should have seen the light of day. ”
— Michelle Konstantinovsky is a student at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism and an avid admirer of shiny objects and preteen entertainment. It would be nice if you visited her website: www.michellekmedia.com. Also, she may learn to use Twitter more effectively if you follow her @michelley415.