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Vogue Paris thinks it’s chic to sexualize young girls

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.

5 thoughts on “Vogue Paris thinks it’s chic to sexualize young girls

  1. Start the foot problems off early: spiked heels? Seriously? I’m sure everyone wants their daughters to grow up with shortened tendons, bunyans, and arch pain. This isn’t just a little girl playing dress-up with her mom’s stuff – look at the larger version of the image and you’ll see the shoes were made for her and fit perfectly. Blech.

    P.S. Nice tiger head there.

  2. I am confused, maybe among others, why 6 year olds are used to represent a sexy clothing line in Vogue. Are women suppose to want to emulate the bodies and looks of a 6 year old? I am pretty sure there is a weight limit for models now a days that they aren’t meeting, and there should probably be an age limit too.

    I think Vogue is getting their fair share of attention from the photo shot. It is a sleazy and cheap way to grab the attention of viewers. It is good to talk about the issue and why it is bothersome. Although the smartest thing we could all do, as an audience, is to not bother to purchase the Vogue issue. It would show them that an articles like this is not what we want to look at or be a part of.

  3. I saw some of these images on another site, it’s just so messed up. Yet TLC is still showing Toddlers and Tiaras, so are we that much better?

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