Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Adultification of Girls in French Vogue

These images were featured in the December 2010 issue of French Vogue. I don't always understand art but I do appreciate art, and dare I say, for arts sake. But sometimes art makes me uncomfortable and these photos make me uncomfortable.

The blog Sociological Images thinks these images are "another piece of evidence of the adultification of young girls, an adultification that looks suspiciously like child porn, given the sexualization of adult women."

I 75% agree with that statement above but 25% of me has to view these images in context, they weren't posted on some creepy blog or in some torrent website, but were actually part of a photo editorial in French Vogue, maybe if you think about it you can conclude the photographer was making a statement about fashion and how younger girls are getting into it, blah, blah, blah. Or maybe not... I'm not sure about it.

But the bottom line is these images are creepy and maybe that's what the photographer was trying to do? I don't know. It also reminds me of child beauty pageants, I get creeped out when I see five year olds wearing inch thick make-up, high heels, and revealing lace (remember the JonBenet Ramsey tragedy).

I think most people would say these images or seeing young girls in this light is inappropriate but when it comes to art where do you draw the line?



  1. I was very uncomfortable when I saw these too. Lots of people were saying 'what's the harm, it's girls playing dress up?' but I think the fact it doesn't look like they're playing is what bothers me. Could have been a whole different shoot if they looked like they were having fun, and that the clothes were too big. The come hither looks, the poses, the sexy clothes that actually fit such small girls just made me feel a bit ick.

  2. I agree - this went to farr!!!!

  3. Being a photographer and having a nine year old daughter who loves fashion and is the face of my photography business I feel that these images were very tastefully created. It is a fine line between what is appropriate but everyone has their own opinions, standards and visions of what is art. These images are in a well known publication and not a creepy sight. My daughter is also a beauty queen and carries herself very well on stage. Our media sees pageant girls as those like Honey Boo Boo. It is unfortunate as there are a lot of pageants out there that help boost girls self esteem and actually value "true" beauty, not fake hair, flippers and little girls in swimsuits.


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