Supermodel Cindy Crawford caused controversy last September by allowing her 5-year-old daughter, Kaya Jordan Gerber, to pose for Melissa Odabash‘s children’s swimwear campaign last summer. It seems like it wouldn’t be a big deal, since it’s for a children’s swimwear campaign, right? Well, the pictures caused controversy because Kaya was wearing a bikini and standing in the typical risque poses that adult models use, not to mention she had a tattoo on her lower back and was posing topless.
I don’t think I even need to explain why this photo is wrong (okay–the toplessness, the lower back tattoo, the coy over-the-shoulder pose–it is basically child pornography). So it’s not surprising to see why the pictures generated controversy–nary a week later, they were taken off Odabash’s website. Furthermore, Crawford’s representative claimed that
“Cindy’s friends own this company. It was just a fun little photo shoot they did in Malibu one day. Kaya is not modeling.”
Which is, um, a total lie. But anyway, I’m glad to see that the sexualization of young girls hasn’t gone so far that people don’t even realize that it’s wrong anymore. In other words, even if parents themselves see no problem with sexualizing their daughters, at least other people in our society, like the ones that got Odabash to take the pictures off her website, do.