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France Seeks To Issue Ban On Child Beauty Pageants
March 8, 2012
Ruslan Krivobok/RIA Novosti
A new report from MSNBC magazine focuses on a proposed ban on young girls entering high glamour beauty pageants, similar to those found on the controversial American reality series Toddlers & Tiaras. French officials were moved to issue the government report calling for an end to the practice after international outrage towards magazine Vogue Paris, which ran a spread featuring a 10-year old girl dressed in racy attire.
French Senator Chantal Jouanno, the author of the beauty pageant ban report, told daily newspaper Le Figaro that the images of young girls dressed as adult supermodels is, ““contrary to the dignity of the human being.” Ms. Jouanno further said, “This phenomenon is a real concern for society. Today, children are building their identities amid a regression of sexual equality and on the return of stereotypes contained in music clips, games, reality television programs. The danger is not only individual, but collective.”
In America, models of favorable repute began their careers at early ages.
Brooke Shields, one of the most famous models in the world, made history in 1980 by appearing on the cover of Vogue at the age of 14. Controversy of a related sort followed Shields’ career, after a naked photo of her at 10 years old appeared in a art and photo show from painter and photographer Richard Prince. Actress Cameron Diaz also began her modeling career as a teen, eventually making the cover of fashion glossy Seventeen in 1990.
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