Has French VOGUE Taken Child Models Too Far?
Within the pages of the Tom Ford–guest edited December/January edition of French VOGUE, you’ll find amongst other things (like a Wild West–themed photo shoot titled “Pussy West” by Terry Richardson) a fashion layout with children as models.
Wearing tight dresses, sky-high stilettos, dazzling jewelry and vampy make-up, the baby-faced chanteuses featured in the spread (titled “Cadeaux,” meaning “gifts”) were approved by the magazine’s controversial editor, Carine Roitfeld. This is Roitfeld’s last issue, a departure after 10 years questioned by industry insiders: Did she leave on her own accord? Or was she fired due to shoots such as this one? Many are up in arms at these images, which appear to be her grand finalé ploy for attention (Christianity Today goes as far as calling the photos “an assault on little girls.”) Check them out and be your own judge: