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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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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

SINCE AUGUST 2013 ONLY 258 COMMENTS...
WOW......WE DO NOT CARE ABOUT THIS ARTICLE.

12:24AM PST on Jan 5, 2014

Very disturbing and very wrong !
I live in Spain near the french border and this is not the NORM here !

12:46AM PST on Jan 4, 2014

Surely peadophiles have enough to salivate over without making a 10 year old child look more like a 16-18 year old! Unfortunately far too many young girls try to eminate the models seen in fashion magazines and this is only encouraging them to grow up long before their time. Some judges cite provocative clothing as a (pathetic) excuse for a rape occurring; these type of magazines only help to promote provocative clothing and/or mannerisms. Let our children grow at their own pace, not through the pages of magazines that put profit before people.

1:27PM PST on Jan 3, 2014

WHAT IS WRONG with parents of today. Some of these mothers are living out their fantasy through their children.

This is no way FAIR-------------------------its a tough world out there let let them

BE CHILDREN FOR AS LONG AS POSSIBLE

10:20PM PST on Dec 31, 2013

Definitely not appropriate for a 10 year old. No way.

1:29PM PST on Dec 27, 2013

To perpetuate a sexualized image of a child is immoral and disgusting. It looks like the normal people on Care2 have certainly stated this is a disgusting travesty. On the other hand the fashion industry and other media outlets believe that this is good for people - or rather they don't care they just want the money. Maybe its time to boycott them for all of their exploitation of children and animals - afterall we don't need fur and we certainly don't need images of sexualized babies. People will sell their souls and children for a little money.

11:26PM PST on Dec 26, 2013

I was curious and went to see the photos..and you are right, this is Sick. This is the Sickness of a decadent Society.

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