Wednesday, 10 August 2011

What is too young?

I watched a tv-show today and one of their items was about a 10 year old girl posing in a provocative way for the French Vogue. The girl in question was Thylane Lena-Rose Blondeau, a daughter of a football player and a 'whatever she does' mother. Usually I am quite careful with judging something before seeing it. After all, the media likes to blow things up. When I saw the pictures though, I have to admit that even I think these pictures go a bit too far.

No matter how you try to defend it, this is way too young to pose in such a provocative way for any 10 year old. And yes, she is a gorgeous little girl, but isn't that what she deserves to be? A little girl? Why is it necessary to take away the childhood of these children and forcing them to mature before they are even teens?

Also, it seems to me that pedophiles might have a little party in their pants right now. These pictures must be their wet dream. They might come to the understanding that, if a leading fashion magazine is allowed to publish these kind of pictures, there is nothing wrong with them owning child pornography. Where do we stop this madness? When do we realize that this girl should be playing with barbies instead of being a model?

I remember watching a television show called 'Toddlers and Tiaras'. It was disgraceful. The mothers were convinced that they were just doing their daughters a favour, but you can't make me believe that a 7 year old is happy being a living doll, parading around on stage and being judged by adults just on the way they look.

Here are some clips you can watch:

Toddlers & Tiaras 1
Toddlers & Tiaras 2

Toddlers & Tiaras 3

These kind of things will only make young girls believe they have to look perfect. This will have side effects like an increase in eating disorders. It was bad enough that older girls already had to suffer from the distorted image the media shows us every single day.

I have a niece who is almost 2 years old. She's a beautiful little girl and yes, already quite vain and fond of my high heels. I just hope she won't have to grow up to soon. She should enjoy life without any worries before she will face the difficulties of the adult world.

All I can say is, let a child be a child. Please.

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