This is 10 year old 10-year-old Thylane Lena-Rose Blondeau.
She is posed for a fashion spread for Vogue Paris. And somehow because it's Vogue, because it's high fashion, because it's highly paid and high profile, it's acceptable and okay. How in a million years is this okay?
What kind of parent sleeps at night after watching stylists and photographers dress up their pre-pubescent girl in leopard print high heels and make-up and photograph them, posing them seductively in adult clothing for a high-fashion photo shoot? Who is letting this happen to kids?
This is high-class child pornography. Nothing less. This little girl is 10 years old. She has been primped and preened, and posed and photographed in adult poses, sexualizing and objectifying her. As each picture is taken of her staring, lost and obedient into the camera, her innocence and her potential is robbed, frame by pornographic frame.
Everything is wrong with this. Nothing makes sense. Why is the fashion industry even trying to sell women's clothes by using a 10 year old's pre-pubescent body. What does that say about the impossible, unattainable standards that the industry presents to us? Why are we not enraged and shocked by the use of a 10 year old child to sell adult luxury products? What am I missing?
I feel guilty in part for re-posting this little girl's picture. But I have to. I have to do my little part in exposing the culture that is suffocating our girls and strangling our society. We are better than this, aren't we? Can't we let kids be kids? Can't we demand more from ourselves? Can't we protect children from being used as objects and sales tools. This little girl represents all girls and women who are being used and manipulated. I want to scream and tell her that there's more to her than this...there is more to life than this...that she can be so much more. That she's being used.
There is plenty of room for fashion and creativity and art and beauty, but this is not it.
This, well this is just wrong. So very wrong.