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Weird cross between Bugsy Malone and Rocky Horror

The controversial Vogue photos were like a US tweenies beauty pageant filtered through Playboy, writes Eilis O'HanlonCREEPY: French 'Vogue' claims the photos of Thylane Blondeau were a 'satirical response to the sexualisation of children'

Published 14/08/2011 | 05:00

If it was April Fool's Day, the whole thing could be dismissed as a bad joke. If it was Hallowe'en, the gruesomeness of it would almost be forgivable. But even in the height of the traditional summer silly season for news, the sight of a 10-year-girl spread seductively across the pages of French Vogue sends out more wrong signals than a malfunctioning lighthouse.

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Personally, I'm not convinced that the pictures of little Thylane Blondeau would be of that much appeal to paedophiles. They're just too darn weird, a cross between Jodie Foster in Bugsy Malone and something from The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Definitely a niche market for perverts. But that they're inappropriate for a girl of 10 ought to have been obvious to anyone who either a) had a child of their own, or b) had a functioning brain cell. At some point along the editing process, surely someone must have said: "Seriously? We're printing this?"

But obviously no one did, or no one listened -- and why would they, when even the girl's mother, former TV presenter turned fashion designer Veronika Loubry, apparently doesn't see the problem either?

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