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10-Year-Old Model’s Sexy Poses Ignites Debate on the Sexualization of Young Girls

10-Year-Old Model’s Sexy Poses Ignites Debate on the Sexualization of Young Girls

Models pose in a variety of sexy positions:

  • Lying on a tiger in a leopard print room
  • Wearing hip-slung jeans and no top with beaded necklaces covering their chest
  • Propositioning a pillow fight topless on a bed with a young man
  • Hooking their thumb into their jeans, slinging their hip out
  • Lying back on a bed with their legs crossed in high heels

Sure, you many see any number of these poses in a fashion magazine, except this model is just 10-years-old.

Yes, you read that right. Only 10-years old, yet posing in these very adult positions with that model perfect pouty expression, make-up, high heels, and high fashion threads.

Said model is Thylane Loubry Blondeau and this little girl is causing quite the stir in the media with her grown-up modeling spreads. Many are up in arms about the sexualization of young girls which doesn’t only point a finger at Blondeau, but at many trends like pole-dancing classes for young girls and shows like Toddlers and Tiaras that call for young girls to be anything but young girls.

The Sexualization of Young Girls

Blondeau has been in the fashion industry since she was 5-years-old and walked in a Jean-Paul Gauthier runway show. Most recently, she was pictured in French Vogue and the adult-like fashion pictorials this mini-model appeared in bothered many readers.

It’s “inappropriate,” “creepy,” “explicitly sexual” – all things I have to say I agree with. Sure fashion can be “edgy,” but photographing a pre-pubescent girl topless with make-up and heels isn’t edgy. It’s wrong.

Having a young girl model isn’t the problem here. It’s that Blondeau clearly isn’t being styled as a 10-year-old girl. She is really being made up to look like an adult – a sexy, pouty, sultry adult – whose purpose is to sell some sort of product to the real adults who are flipping through the magazine.

The Damage in the Long Run

Studies have demonstrated time and time again that viewing sexualized images can have a lasting effect on young girls. The American Psychological Association found that viewing sexualized images promotes “appearance and physical attractiveness” as key values for young girls and was also linked to low self-esteem, eating disorders, and depression.

That’s for viewing sexualized images. What if you’re the subject of the sexualized images? What damaging consequences are in store for Blondeau? What message does dressing Blondeau up as a grown up send her or the other people that see the images?

Blondeau is certainly being forced to grow up far too quickly. Sure, she is a beautiful girl and sure she may enjoy modeling and want to pursue a career, but her work thus far has proved that it could do more damage than good for this little girl in the future.

What do you think? Are Blondeau’s poses too sexy for a 10-year-old girl? Is this mini-model being forced to grow up to quickly?

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Photo credit: Image by Ian MacJenzie (bravenewtraveler) used under a Creative Commons license.

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5:24AM PDT on Jun 5, 2015

we made it sexy sexual. if putting your thubs in your ears, crossing your eyes, and sticking out your tounge was sexy-sexual-sexualized, then kids doing it, are going to be full of "oh lala hubba hubba"

look, I've been here and there on the 'net, "troll'n and roll'n and hyperbole'n" and have come to this conclusiion.

if a kid does this on her own time, to be fun, she is exploring her identidy and doing it for her self.

when it's her job, or a cartoon character doing it. then every thing is wrong with it.

and of course, because we say what is sexy and not.

again, if walking around acting like a chicken was sexualized. then a kid playing chicken is problematic

11:11PM PDT on May 29, 2015

What we are doing to our children is terrible. There should never be anything sexy about a 10 year old. It is so sad and I fear for the future.

11:27AM PDT on May 28, 2015

It's a very worrying trend, and I simply can't understand what parents who allow their children, or worse, encourage them, to do this are thinking of!

7:13PM PDT on May 27, 2015

Took a quick look at the link. One of the women wrote that she was jealous of a 10 year old. If that is a man he would have been arrested for kiddy porn ... as well he should have been. But your violence (in this form) against yiur daughters is just as bad.

7:10PM PDT on May 27, 2015

This is woman on woman violence. And the women are nowhere to be found.

3:40AM PDT on May 26, 2015

What's the message behind, then?

8:20AM PST on Jan 8, 2014

Can the peanut gallery attendees screaming about "pedophiles!" please grab a dictionary and proofread their moronic comments before they post them? The problem of the "sexualization of children" in photos like these is not that it will make pedophiles happy, it is that it will make the term "pedophile" less stigmatic. The more children are made into sex objects for corporate greed, the more acceptable sex with children will become in the long run, not because more people will consider CHILDREN to be sexually attractive, but because, as the half-wits who have posted their ignorant statements here about pedophilia will attest, they no longer will LOOK like children.

Pedophiles, simply put, are not attracted to adults sexually. They are attracted to prepubescent children. Therefore, it stands to reason, if a little girl looks more like she's a teenager than a prepubescent girl, a pedophile would be LESS attracted to her.

These photos make prepubescent girls look sexually attractive to "normal" heterosexual men. Don't you think THAT is a worse problem, since there are a hell of a lot more of THEM?

Anti-pedophile crusaders are among the most ignorant people on the planet, next to holocaust deniers, climate change deniers, and proponents of the death penalty. They perpetuate the myths and misinformation that active pedophiles THRIVE on because, in their hysteria, anti-pedophile crusaders distract the public's attention from the root causes of sexual abuse, which in

12:50PM PST on Jan 7, 2014

Care2 has a copy of what her mother had to say about this situation. Just makes me even sadder than this article does. Poor little girl.

http://www.care2.com/causes/10-year-old-models-mother-responds-to-controversy-over-sexy-pictures.html

12:18PM PST on Jan 7, 2014

Kiddie porn thy name is fashion. Parents who allow this are pimping their children and by doing so prove they are unfit and vile.

8:54AM PST on Jan 5, 2014

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