Tuesday, February 1, 2011
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?