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to find the cover photo of a young girl on Smalltalk-magazine's summer issue 34 just 'wrong'

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Ocktober Thu 18-Jul-13 20:36:44

A very young girl dressed up like a grown up, striking a model pose with nail varnish, lipstick, adult sunglasses and jewellery? Let children be children and all that. There's enough pressure on young girls to conform and be 'pretty' without family magazines endorsing the trend. I have emailed them my view.

MarmaladeTwatkins Thu 08-Aug-13 14:43:12

I don't like it either.

Of course, we all played dress-up when we were children but here, I don't much like the moodly glare into the camera and the pose. I don't even know why. It's a bit precocious and annoying more than anything.

FrancesDeLaTourCoughngIntoABin Thu 08-Aug-13 14:45:26

It's not sold in yhe shops, it's junk mail

quesadilla Thu 08-Aug-13 14:47:04

I don't think its sexual or even particularly inappropriate, I just think its naff.

SoupDragon Thu 08-Aug-13 14:49:29

I'm very confused as to what's wrong with the picture. There's no model pose, not sure how she can be giving a "moody glare" with those sunglasses on (if you look closely, she seems to be looking down into the bag). Just a girl dressing up.

farewellfigure Thu 08-Aug-13 14:50:33

It's a little girl playing dressing up, but I do think they could have chosen a smilier more natural post. I don't think it's something to get too wound up about though. I definitely don't think it's sexualisation and there is no way the company would have wanted that to be the message so if anyone is taking it that way, it's very unfortunate. Maybe the junior designer was given the cover to do for this issue!

inallmydays Thu 08-Aug-13 14:51:26

agree with SoupDragon just a little girl dressing up .

Onesleeptillwembley Thu 08-Aug-13 15:18:26

I hate the pose and the facial expression on the girl. They so seem inappropriate.

BinksToEnlightenment Thu 08-Aug-13 16:08:07

Oh she's obviously wearing the wrong colours to be a pilot. God, and can you imagine a woman who wants to wear lipstick and sunglasses ever being taken seriously as a pilot??

I dunno. Can five year olds be given a break from worrying if their attire will suit their future high flying aspirational career?

Tee2072 Thu 08-Aug-13 16:12:21

It's a little girl playing dress up.

And GASP wearing pink.

Call the police immediately.

Fakebook Thu 08-Aug-13 16:15:04

look at this and you might change your mind about whether the girl in the OP is looking horrible. IMO, she's just playing dress up.

The girls in my link are actually properly modelling. It's horrifying.

DioneTheDiabolist Thu 08-Aug-13 16:19:03

I clicked on the link expecting to be outraged....and wasn't.

Sorry OP, but YABU.

Whothefuckfarted Thu 08-Aug-13 16:21:03

Fake book - good comparison, I was ready to be outraged by the OP's link, but found nothing offensive in it. Your one however is truly shocking, as is this -

BinksToEnlightenment Thu 08-Aug-13 17:36:24

I don't get the bikini one either. In England, it would be a little weird and premature to make mini bikinis, but those pictures are clearly from people who live on the beach in a hot country. A bikini is going to be normal everyday wear in Hawaii. It's just people dressing their kids up to look cute, only you have a skewed perception on it because you come from a different culture.

SarahAndFuck Thu 08-Aug-13 17:47:50

I'm in Yorkshire and have never received a copy.

Obviously I am not a discerning enough parent to be one of the 24,000 people on the distributions list.

I can't decide if I'm pleased <non-conformist> or offended <nosey> by this grin

spotscotch Thu 08-Aug-13 17:49:51

Christ, between the bikinis, the pierced ears and the names of some of the kids, I think that Facebook link you posted whothefuckfarted may just cause mumsnet to spontaneously combust!

quoteunquote Thu 08-Aug-13 19:25:05

the thin and thick end of the wedge,

All grim, all sad and very disappointing we still exposes our daughters to this.


MarmaladeTwatkins Thu 08-Aug-13 19:49:37

You don't have to be "confused" about anything, soupdragon. Unless you often get confused about people having different opinions from yours.

namechangesforthehardstuff Thu 08-Aug-13 20:10:39

YANBU. OP - horrible pose and just hate the Smalltalk comeback on. this thread. If that's genuine I reckon MN Towers should tell them where to stick it.

megsmouse Thu 08-Aug-13 20:14:57

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Cherriesarelovely Thu 08-Aug-13 20:17:21

Little girls (and boys too) have been playing dressing up like that for years and years. It is not some sort of hideous pageant photo.

Cherriesarelovely Thu 08-Aug-13 20:19:27

It is interesting though that we see things differently. For example I don't see her pose as sultry at all, I just looked again, I think it's like she is looking down, preoccupied. Interesting though.

NellysKnickers Thu 08-Aug-13 20:26:00

Oh FGS, children like to dress up, this morning I had to paint ds2's toenails as I was doing mine then wrap a towel round him like a dress. Yesterday he was dressed up in a hard hat as he was a builder. Ds1 can often be found in a bow tie or trenchcoat as he is DRESSED UP as one of the Doctor Who's. It's playing, its what children do.

MarmaladeTwatkins Thu 08-Aug-13 20:28:12

No-one has sais they're offended. Finding something distasteful or odd doesn't automatically mean bosom-hoikingly offended.

It's the way it's shot. It's not light and natural. It looks like a cover from Dazed and Confused. Just because childen have been playing dress-up forever, doesn't mean that every depiction of it will be tasteful or that everyone should like it. That argument sounds like something my mother would come out with. "Oh we've been doing that for YEARS, ergo it is FINE" hmm

MarmaladeTwatkins Thu 08-Aug-13 20:33:05

Here is a picture of children playing dress-up that is nice and natural

and another

and another

None of these children look like pouty mini adults.

SoupDragon Fri 09-Aug-13 07:36:58

But the girl in the original photo doesn't look like a pouty adult either. She looks like a girl dressing up and looking down towards her bag.

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