Thylane Lena-Rose Blondeau, a beautiful 10 year old model from the Ivory Coast, has been featured in a recent issue of French Vogue. Young Thylane posed for her shoot in clothes women not even three times her age would dare wear. The main shot features her lying on a bed, stroking two rabbits, in a "sexy" gold dress with a plunging neckline, a short hem, gold heels with chain straps and what can only be described as a full face of slap.
I have nothing wrong with kids playing dress up, all girls do it. Parading around your house in your mother's dress trailing along behind you like a wedding dress train, the tackiest eyeshadow smeared carelessly over your eyelids and enough lipstick to make you resemble Ronald McDonald, but there is a big difference between this innocent, naive dress up and sexing up a child. Kids are easily inspired and things like this may have an impact. We live in a generation where children are being forced to grow up too fast. Celebrities are a big contribution to that. If a young girl see's all her favourite celebrities, whom she looks up to, wearing next to nothing at awards shows, with enough makeup to paint a picture, she'll want to copy them and be just like them.
The intention of this shoot was probably not to inspire children to dress and behave promiscuously, but I really think it was a terrible idea and rather creepy at that.
Little girls love chocolate, puppies and BFF's not cranking up their sex appeal.