via Accidental Chic
This Gap ad is cute. I daresay it's even adorable. Actually, I kind of wish that panther sweater came in grownup sizes. But I digress. Point being, this is a tasteful ad for children's clothing. The kids are goofing off, and they are quite adequately clothed.
Moving on though. What about all these 14 and 15 year old runway and high fashion models? The girls in this picture (below) are so young, yet they're pictured here living the party life in Tel Aviv for a magazine feature. This goes back to that whole example-setting thing. This isn't what kids should be seeing other kids do. In the scope of the rest of this piece, however, it's small potatoes.
via Yannis Kyriazos
What happens when children, kids who are still years out from awkwardly darting through the halls of a middle school, begin taking on the high-fashion role? This ten-year-old is all over the media right now for her incredibly revealing and adult feature in French Vogue. I'll let you Google the details if you're interested. This situation alone isn't the point I'm trying to make. What I'm wondering here is when is enough enough? When is a child no longer a child, and when does that quit being socially acceptable? Why are we sexualizing children in fashion magazines and differentiating that from the cheap, dirty pictures that people get in trouble for?
via Binside TV
via Binside TV
What do you think of all this? How do you feel about using children in these revealing, overly-made-up capacities in the name of "high fashion?"