Sydney-based fashion journalist Patty Huntington recently posted on her blog 'Frockwriter' some pictures from the Christmas edition of Vogue Paris, which was guest edited by fashion designer Tom Ford. The 15 page editorial spread, entitled 'Cadeaux', features little girls looking very grown up, wearing designer dresses, with their faces plastered in makeup. What's more, the girls are posed seductively, including one girl draped over an animal skin rug, and other girls showing off their legs. Huntington says that while there are children's fashion magazines, such as Vogue Bambini and Vogue Enfants, featuring children in fashion spreads, the difference is these magazines are marketing children's clothing to adults. On the other hand, Vogue Paris juxtaposes children in these very adult settings with some very adult themes in the same edition, including stimulated sex scenes. I very much agree with Huntington, that these little girls look like "child prostitutes in a brothel", and that while Vogue Paris is indeed a fashion bible, its editors are not untouchable, and not everything is acceptable even when done in the name of "fashion". Do you think Tom Ford and Vogue Paris have gone too far? Or perhaps they had one goal in mind, to gain attention (and they have certainly achieved that). Check out the photos under "Pretty Babies" on Patty's blog and decide for yourself.
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