Vogue's 10-Year-Old Model Reveals the Effects of Sexualization
French Vogue Enfants recently featured 10-year-old model Thylane Loubry Blondeau in some controversial poses. In one picture, Blondeau was wearing leopard print heels, red nail polish, and ostentatious jewelry. In another photo, the child capitalizes the boho chic look, wearing a straw hat. Her hair is flowy and effortless. The look in her doe eyes is fierce yet innocent. Her waif-like frame conjures up images of Kate Moss. To many, this image may be harmless, even admirable. But what set this image on fire in the blogosphere is the idea of whether we're sexualizing girls at a young age. A 2007 study from the American Psychological Association (APA) reveals that sexualized images of girls and young women in the media impacts girls' self-esteem. Looking at glamorized images of girls and young women sets expectations of how our bodies should look. As a result, girls develop body image issues at a young age, which carry through in adulthood. Are girls growing up too fast? What are your thoughts on Blondeau's photos?