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Photo Shoot Raises Question: Art or Exploitation?

Weigh in on the portfolio of an up-and-coming child model.

This week's Mom's Talk post is going to be short and sweet because we want to hear your opinions on an article showcasing an up-and-coming child model.

Our editor was sent a link to a story on "parentdish" about a 10-year-old child model who has some controversial photos in her portfolio. Let us know what you think.

Is the ad they are highlighting art? Is it silly? Is it creepy, as they suggest?

Pam and Alex Jacobs August 11, 2011 at 02:54 PM
I agree with both of you that some of these poses are simply too mature for a 10 year old, model or not. Let the children model youthful clothing befitting their age. I cannot call this Art, because it smacks of exploitation - enough!
Kathy O. August 11, 2011 at 03:18 PM
Exploitation - period.
Kathy O. August 11, 2011 at 03:23 PM
I think the most famous example of why this is wrong has to do with Brooke Shields. Her mother approved of an 'art' photo showing her completely nude. She is still fighting to get that image removed as child pornography but has been unsuccessful in doing so. Although the child in this photo is fully clothed, that does not mean she should be dressed and positioned in that way. Why do we as a society allow and encourage the sexualization of young children? Children do not understand the full ramifications of posing like adults and who may be watching them (ie perverts and pedophiles.) Parents are suppose to protect their children, not exploit them.
Brad Faxton August 11, 2011 at 04:27 PM
Eyeliner? Lipstick? Cheek stuff? Hairspray? Too high in the leg sexual cut dresses and suggestive poses? Not good.
Ellen August 11, 2011 at 11:51 PM
Child abuse!

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