I've asked a question like this before. Check it out if you like. The cover on that one is, arguably, much more daring.
I've decided to do another one particularly for the newer 'wave' of GaG users, especially all the youngin's I've seen out there. :)
I'd really like to know what you think. All opinions are more than welcome.
In case you missed it: The pictures above depict a well known child model. Her name is Thylane Lena-Rose Blondeau, and in these pictures she is 10 years old. Now she is 14.
Who the hell looked like this at 14? -.- ^^^^ puberty is such a selctive bitch i swear. #banANNArant [?]
ANYWAY, Some questions to provoke your thoughts:
- What kind of visual symbols are operating in these covers?
- What message do you think they aim to convey?
- Is this liberating or detrimental to children?
- Are these covers really about the child, or is there something more to them?
- OMGGG YAAAASSSS W. E. R. K!!! 🙌🏽👏🏽Vote A
- UGH! Good lawd. What the flamin hell is this? 😡👎🏽Vote B
- Eh, I don't care. Media is media. 😶Vote C
- ... I'm confused. I kinda like it, but I also don't, yet I still do? 😐Vote D
Most Helpful Guy
Seriously I am astounded they were allowed to publish this. It is brazen sexualisation of a child.
(1) This a surefire winner for the magazine - Of course it is bound to attract criticism but they will hide behind we were just trying to bring up a discussion on the topic BUT of course in media what sells controversy, being all over coffee morning television or being safe and not being talked about. Believe the editorial staff in the cocktail bar at the successful issue where not patting themselves in the back for raising awareness on everything from mainstreaming child pornography to body esteem issues.
(2) The message is "We will do anything to sell a magazine"
(3) I don't usually swear but DETRI - FUCKING - MENTAL
(4) Editor :- Who cares about the kid - She could be a strung out heroin addict model in 10 years (What are the monthly sales figures and the amount of my bonus)8
Most Helpful Girl
I saw these before actually, I know for sure there was an issue with this same child model in some magazine (Vogue maybe? Blah can't remember) and they pulled the girl from doing more because they were under fire from the media. As a graphics designer I understand the effect presenting perfect images of women has on the masses. Think of it, only recently has society moved towards embracing oneself as is, imperfections and all. This has not even been totally achieved in convincing every women to love themself and not judge what they are worth based on comparisons to models made to appear perfect in magazines. Children themselves are so impressionable, the media already has such a negative effect on their self esteem and to go to this level of dressing a little girl like this and presenting her as perfect, whilst knowing other little girls would then use this type of image (wherever they see it) as a bar set to how they should be, is very irresponsible of the magazine (s) in my opinion. No amount of money is worth making a child feel they are not good enough being themselves scars and all. It has already been done to women for decades, this was taking it way too far.1