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Vogue Paris thinks it’s chic to sexualize young girls

By January 7, 2011 5 Comments
Animal print: sexy at all ages! At least "French Vogue" thinks so.

Animal print: sexy at all ages! At least Vogue Paris thinks so.

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.

The glamorous life of six-year-olds.

The glamorous life of six-year-olds.

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. ”

Amen.

— 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.