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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Marija M3 days ago

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Janet B10 days ago

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Toni W10 days ago

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Toni W10 days ago

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One Heart inc14 days ago

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Maureen G
Maureen G15 days ago

Find it hard to understand why parents would allow their daughters to be exploited in this way. Perhaps it's more about money than protection of their daughters.

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Emily J
Emily J17 days ago

This is awful, kids should be allowed to be kids not made up like little adults. To place a child in a situation where she's being made to dress and pose innapropriately is cruel, and could place her in danger from real-life paedophiles. Why couldn't the magazine find a model who is actually an adult and could consent to these images?

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Lisa M
Lisa M26 days ago

Noted.

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