Blog 1 - By: JL
10 year-old French Vogue
For several years women all over the world have become more then obsessed with their appearance than they would like to admit. The mass media has caused normal concerns about how we look to become obsessions. Thanks to the media, we have become accustomed to unattainable standards of beauty. Television, billboards, magazines make us believe that this beauty is attainable and will benefit us in today’s society. Sadly the fixation to become beautiful is not only concerning older women but girls as young as ten-years-old.
10 year old French Vogue model Thylane Lena-Rose Blondeau appeared in the December issue of Vogue, wearing excessive makeup, stilettos and a revelling top. The sexualisation of young Thylane has become fairly controversial. It is quite difficult to distinguish weather the young models photographs are adorable or borderline disturbing. I would argue that some of her photographs seem to be socially acceptable and others such as her topless picture, not so much. I trust there is a difference between taking a photograph of children when they run around topless in their bikini bottoms then being photographed topless for a global audience. I would say that there is obviously a distinction between those two scenarios because if there wasn’t, we wouldn’t be making such a big fuss over the model’s photographs.
It is evident that Thylane’s photographs have some depiction of premature sexualisation that is promoting females to be mere objects for a male’s gratification. I do not believe for the slightest second that a 10 year old girl is capable of being comfortable photographed topless nor would I assume Thylane is even aware of the way she is being portrayed. Clearly a 10 year old is unable to consent a nude photograph if they do not have the capability to understand the consequences of such actions. In addition, the importance and strive for the perfect body image can cause great health concerns within...
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