Remember the 10-year-old model Thylane Loubry Blondeau who caused quite the stir in the media last week with her sexy, grown-up modeling poses ?
Well, her mother has come out in response to the media hype over her daughter’s controversial pictures. On the one hand I think Blondeau’s mother has good intentions. In an effort to keep her daughter in the dark about the negative comments surrounding her modeling, she posted the following on her daughter’s Facebook account before canceling it altogether for the time being:
“hey guys im the mum of thylane something going ‘s wrong at the moment with thylane and bad personn in usa about pictures she make’s 8 months ago for vogue ,,thylane doesn’t know about the buzz and i want to protect her from the deapest of my heart ,,, she’s so young ,, so we are going to close this accompte for a while ,,i know all of you are good person who like her so i send you a big kiss,,thanks”
While I think it’s a good move to keep her daughter out of the media controversy, Blondeau’s mother herself doesn’t understand why there is controversy to begin with.
“These photos date from December,” she says. “It’s pretty surprising to see them resurface seven months later. I understand that this could seem shocking. I admit I myself was shocked during the photo shoot. But let me be precise: the only thing that shocked me is that the necklace she wore was worth 3 million euro.”
Clearly, Blondeau’s mother does not understand why people find the images inappropriate. If the only thing she was concerned about is the price of a necklace we have a problem here. Having a 10-year-old girl made up to look like a sexy adult is wrong and, more importantly, has the potential to cause damage to the girl in the long run.
When you learn from a very young age that sexiness is valued and best, this message is engrained in your brain for the long haul. Girls should learn that their value comes from what’s on the inside rather than high heels, make-up, expensive clothes and the perfect sultry pout.
What do you think? Is the media controversy over Blondeau’s pictures exaggerated? Is she just a young model doing her job or are her poses too sexy for a 10-year-old girl?
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Photo credit: Photo by Spunkr used with a Creative Commons license.