Thylane Loubry Blondeau, the 10-year-old who featured in the photoshoot is seen to be using lipstick, most obviously not for children, and posing provocatively in ladies clothing and shoes.
"The Vogue cover sparked controversy in the US before igniting debate back in France; where 84 per cent of French found the photos demeaning, one poll found" (The Telegraph)
"Today, children are shaping their identities on declining gender equality and the return of stereotypes slipped into music videos, toys and reality TV." (Jouanno)
"The government report, published on Monday, criticised the marketing of padded bras for eight year olds, thong underwear, make-up kits, and leggy dolls, all aimed at pre-pubescent girls under the age of 12." (The Telegraph)The ‘hyper-sexualisation’ of young girls has been an on-going topic of discussion. Pageants specifically for young girls have been popular, especially in the US, for decades, and their popularity and attraction doesn’t appear to be stopping. Toddlers and Tiaras (http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/tv/toddlers-tiaras) is a reality TV show that follows the story of families who choose to enter their children into these shows. With spray-tanning, hours in hair and make-up, and near provocative clothing, these girls, sometimes as young as three, are dolled up for the ultimate pageantry display. Are the parents who dress up their children for such occasions really just grasping for the childhood they didn’t have? Or are they actually trying to satisfy the need for congratulations and attention through the exploitation of their children.