In December 2010, Vogue Paris stirred controversy when it published highly sexualized photos of French children. The girls wore heavy make-up, high heels and haute couture clothes. The most disturbing aspect was their emotionless expression and their sexy pose.
“This isn’t edgy. It’s inappropriate, and creepy, and I never want to see a 10-year-old girl in high-heeled leopard print bedroom slippers ever again,” wrote Chloe Angyal, editor of Feministing.com.
The mother of one of the models didn’t see any harm in the seductive pictures. “I understand that this could seem shocking. I admit I myself was shocked during the photo shoot. But let me be precise: the only thing that shocked me is that the necklace she wore was worth â‚¬3 million!”
In the meantime, former editor-in-chief Carine Roitfeld has been replaced by Emmanuelle Alt. When Roitfeld left Vogue Paris in January 2011, rumours circulated that the provocative children’s photos had been the reason for her dismissal.
The October issue of Vogue Paris features a new childrenâ€™s supplement with child-appropriate pictures. Vogue Paris has been inspired by Heidi and the Swiss Alps. The pictures are lovely. That’s the way we want to see children: laughing and playing.
PHOTOS: VOGUE PARIS, SUPPLÃ‰MENT ENFANTS, OCTOBER 2012 & DECEMBER 2010
Photos: Vogue Paris