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10-Year-Old Model's Photos Spark Debate: Are They Too 'Sexy'?

Living 2011/08/04 18:56:52
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Thylane Loubry Blondeau has modeling in her blood. She's cute as a button, extremely photogenic and she knows how to work the camera.

Problem is, she's only 10 years old.

It's not that the fashion industry doesn't need young models to show off their children's clothing lines. They do. But the way Blondeau's parents are having her pose, at her age, is more than a little disturbing for some.

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Koa Beck, editor of Mommyish, told ABC's "Good Morning America": "I think that I’m seeing a very young girl being sexualized, being gazed at in a very adult way."

We're not sure how other people are gazing at the little girl, but it does look like someone is trying to evoke a very adult sexuality out of the 10-year-old, and that's definitely not OK.

Her parents, Veroknika Loubry and Patrick Blondeau, even posted a topless picture to their daughter's website. Her chest is carefully guarded, but it's still scandalous enough to keep off the site.

The photo's caption reads, "SHE’S NOT WEARING A TOP BECAUSE SHE DIDN’T THINK IT WOULD OFFEND ANYONE shoot me."

You thought wrong.

Similar issues have been raised regarding child beauty pageants, and even Kim Kardashian's 15-year-old sister got some bad press recently for modeling a bikini this week.

Should the public be concerned about the media's portrayal of preteen sexuality, or are we just overreacting?

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  • bobbye.z 2011/08/04 19:11:32
    Yes
    bobbye.z
    +41
    These photos are actually quite demure
    compared to others found on her site.
    Vogue is pandering to pedophiles.

    They did the same thing with Miley Cyrus cover shoot.

    This isn't art.
    This isn't even fashion.
    This is grotesque.

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  • jonyford 2013/06/30 07:10:24
  • Indigo 2013/04/28 23:19:08 (edited)
    No
    Indigo
    The "SEXY" is in "OUR" minds, not this pretty child who understands only the attention she is getting from it.

    Stop giving this so much credence. This is for the closet pedophiles and other pervs giving so much "opinion" about this.



    Ok ... I am also ten years old... what do I see? answer= an annoying "girl" ! lol



    All the technology in the world and brains to make it all work and not a bit more mature than we were 40 or even 60 years ago... sad.

    --==-- edit july 3rd.

    stupid notifier of responses (killed!)
    Ok I see a kid with Great hair, and a lot of soap box responses from religious or even if you like, deluded reality nuts, and Hay! point the finger over there so they dont look at me apinions !

    are we regressing in maturity in this country or is politically correct still OK and lets just follow the nut on the soap box and not think for ourselves! beware the nut screaming on the box!
  • max lussier 2013/02/12 08:40:35
    No
    max lussier
    +1
    I think she is a future Brook Shields. Beautiful as can be... I don't see sex there at all, other than her sex being female. But sexual? No. If you see sexual in her posing or dress up? You should really get tested, you may have issues.
  • mikayla.li 2012/12/12 16:19:25
    Yes
    mikayla.li
    This is so ridiculous!!!!!children should learn in school ,not modeling for fashion brand!!!!
  • dog 2012/03/21 05:20:40
    No
    dog
    +1
    I think that she is very sexy and she should be aloud to do sluty pics.
  • Jay98 2012/01/03 16:02:42
    Yes
    Jay98
    +1
    theres too much sexy advertisements everywhere. this is just too far
  • Tex 2011/12/05 23:46:27
    Undecided
    Tex
    She's fully clothed and still looks like a kid, so what's the problem.
  • koolkat 2011/11/03 02:08:07
    Undecided
    koolkat
    As long as their not too over the top but some arnt age appropriate but not too sexy...
  • SILLYTJ 2011/10/29 14:24:59
    Yes
    SILLYTJ
    +1
    models cute




    cut teen model
  • rex 2011/10/26 18:43:00
    Yes
    rex
    +1
    I think it's not worth that much arguing over it, she's just showing what she would show if in a bikini, in Europe, it's not that big of a deal to be revaling. But it's stupid non sense for a 10 year old
  • erin_sky 2011/10/06 01:18:00
    Yes
    erin_sky
    +1
    I don’t think they’re too sexy, just not age appropriate.
  • rg16mg27 2011/09/28 15:02:05
    Undecided
    rg16mg27
    +1
    I don’t think it is meant to be sexual, but I could see how some people would perceived it.
  • Gagerman 2011/09/07 15:16:18
    No
    Gagerman
    +1
    I don't think a 10 year old playing dress up is bad. People see this and automatically their perv radars go off... it isn't a real big deal, get over it.
  • aaron 2011/09/04 01:32:01
    Undecided
    aaron
    I'm stumped on this one but hey they will
    Earn some money for the future in
    School anyway so why not flaunt it if you
    Got it kids
  • Aardfay 2011/08/31 04:13:13
    Yes
    Aardfay
    Not really "sexy" but too adult.

    She's doing a prostitute pose on one of the pictures! No one should see an image like that. Think of the many many easily influenced minds out there who might see this as reality or as something that shoud be made real.
  • Klynn 2011/08/26 23:39:26
    Yes
    Klynn
    +1
    Let little girls be little girls! They don't need to be sexualized in the media, it's bad enough that grown women are sexualized! This country is soo messed up!!
  • Cimoc Feiler Naitsabes 2011/08/26 17:49:05
    Yes
    Cimoc Feiler Naitsabes
    +1
    there should be an age limit
  • Illusions 2011/08/23 16:00:39 (edited)
    No
    Illusions
    Damn, you "YES" people are pervs! Whats wrong with you?! You really see a sexy person in a 10 year old? SERIOUSLY?! Man, im sorry but for me, nothing under 24 is sexy. Stop spreading your filthy minds. Let her play dress up! She's just a baby!
  • Catalana 2011/08/22 20:36:09
    Yes
    Catalana
    it's not that this batch go too far, but many other Vogue layouts do. The sexualizing of our young in pursuit of fashion has long disgusted parents and many young persons who were misled. Ths needs to be addressed and right now!
  • TheWhiteWolf 2011/08/22 06:31:32
    Yes
    TheWhiteWolf
    +1
    It never ceases to sicken me just how much children are sexualized these days in the interest of 'art'... Perhaps some of the pictures are more decent, but a closer look at her website reveals much indecency that is very adult-like and inappropriate for any child her age. :(
  • sel_by_date_ 2011/08/20 16:26:55
    Undecided
    sel_by_date_
    I've not seen all the pictures and I can see how some people would consider these inappropriate. She is a beautiful young girl who is - apparently - posing like an adult model.
    However, I believe that - should any paedophiles try and find Thylane - her parents and management would protect her from any unwanted attention.

    Of these four, the only image I really consider bad is the second one (I think she looks like she's trying a tiny bit too hard), but the others are fine. Admittedly, I would hope that the first photo is a one-off, but I adore the one of her in the straw hat.

    I think that it should be up to Thylane and her parents what she does. To be honest, I was more shocked by this picture for the October 2008 edition of French teen mag Jeune & Jolie*[I lived in France from Sept 2009-Feb 2010]. Admittedly the girl was older than Thylane is and I saw that first, but I still think it's inappropriate for girls under 16 to be topless, even on the front of a magazine aimed at girls the same age as the model.

    P.S. Apologies iif the image isn't too clear.

    *Young and Pretty/Beautiful

    girls age model apologies iif image clear young prettybeautiful
  • diannagordong 2011/08/19 22:34:26
    Yes
    diannagordong
    ALL OF THEM IS CYE
  • ILuvMonkeys 2011/08/19 02:54:54
  • sally 2011/08/19 02:36:34
    Yes
    sally
    That is so wrong and disgusting on so many levels.
  • LuridLolita 2011/08/19 01:49:31
    No
    LuridLolita
    She looks lovely
  • marta0091 2011/08/18 22:42:57
    No
    marta0091
    no
  • Tari Rambarran 2011/08/18 18:48:19
    Yes
    Tari Rambarran
    +1
    she lks lyke she's wearing a LOT OF MAKEUP
  • martin28 2011/08/18 17:22:50
    Yes
    martin28
    +3
    Seriously?! Yes they are, some sick perv can get excitement from these pics then possibly seek to go after a neighborhood child to fulfill their sick fantasy.
  • anisha.garib 2011/08/18 07:34:29
    No
    anisha.garib
    +1
    These pictures don't look sexy at all, she just looks like a cute little girl playing dress-up.
  • Illusions anisha.... 2011/08/23 15:56:43
    Illusions
    Agreed. My mind doesnt go into "perverted mode" when I see a little girl dressed up.
  • Enchilada McCookie 2011/08/17 03:17:39
    Yes
    Enchilada McCookie
    +2
    SHe's holding her crotch in one of them!
  • ValorNET Enchila... 2012/02/09 04:22:52
    ValorNET
    Stop looking? Why do you care where her hand is so much?
  • sarah 2011/08/17 01:59:38
    Yes
    sarah
    +2
    why would they even want 10 yr olds dressed like this am 13 three yrs ago i useto wear jeans and my bro's shirt i didn't care now same thing and what's sith the makeup i hate make up for gods sake thess kids are 10
  • mimi 2011/08/16 22:13:27
    Yes
    mimi
    +2
    No need to make a 10 yr old look sexy unless you're trying to attract the porn industry.
  • JenniferObliosca-Ongpoy 2011/08/16 11:32:53
    Yes
    JenniferObliosca-Ongpoy
    +2
    she's only 10 year old...
  • windwolf14 2011/08/16 06:58:51
    Undecided
    windwolf14
    some of them are ok wile others are over the top
  • SJesh 2011/08/16 06:08:00
    Yes
    SJesh
    +2
    sicks moms
  • renaaragon 2011/08/15 17:33:26
    Yes
    renaaragon
    +3
    It's pretty obvious she's too young for some of the things she's dressed in, and the the poses she's in.
    'Nough said.
  • M'lud 2011/08/15 16:22:38
    Yes
    M'lud
    +2
    The exploitation of childrens' sexuality is a growing problem in the world. People who find this acceptable need to wake up and smell the coffee before it is too late. Imagine this is YOUR daughter being ogled in magazines and then tell me how you feel. I am no prude, but this is truly crossing a line. (Judging by the vote breakdown map, Nebraska and S. Dakota have more than their fair share of pedophiles.)
  • CreusaMaria 2011/08/13 22:04:05
    No
    CreusaMaria
    +1
    inappropriate children 10 year old is kid
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