Thursday, December 16, 2010

Tom Ford tarts up six year olds to help sell magazines

Wow, if anything could break my 3 month blogging hiatus, this would be it.

As you can probably tell by this site, or especially if you follow me on Twitter, there's not much that gets a reaction out of me- add one part new yorker to one part fashion industry and a sprinkle of leftover teen angst and you've pretty much got a jaded hose beast in expensive shoes. However, I literally gasped when I saw this editorial this morning.

The 15 page spread, Cadeaux, is featured in the December issue of Vogue Paris. Photographed by Sharif Hamza and styled by Melanie Huynh, it features SIX YEAR OLDS decked out in more makeup and accessories than Mimi from The Drew Carey Show, wearing "big girl dresses" and oversized designer shoes, in overly suggestive "scenes" - sprawled across an animal skin rug, draped over chairs and beds, legs and "cleavage" bared. The most alarming part is the blank, seductive, almost sexy looks on their faces.

(And are you f*ing KIDDING ME with the shot of the child brushing her teeth?! I mean, cause that's what we adults do.... put on our best designer and stick toothbrushes in our mouths. To me, the only purpose this shot serves is to intentionally draw attention to this child's lips. NOT OKAY.)

While I worship at the alter of Tom Ford like everyone else, I'm calling foul with this one: this certainly crossed a line with me. It may be "art", and it may be French (who, let's face it, aren't famous for their high morality), but when is it too much?

You decide. Full spread after the jump... if you can stomach it.