Tuesday 23 January 2018

Youngest ever Playboy star Eva Ionesco photographed naked at 11 suing mother over ‘lost childhood’

Eva Ionesco. Photo: Getty Images
Eva Ionesco. Photo: Getty Images
Eva Ionesco in 2004

EVA Ionesco, the actress best friend of shoe designer Christian Louboutin, has sued her mother after naked photos she took of her aged 11 appeared in Playboy in the early Seventies.

Ionesco took several graphic portraits of her daughter aged between four and 11, which she then sold to European publications including French Playboy and Penthouse stirring major controversy.

Eva still holds the dubious honour of being the youngest model ever to appear naked in Playboy, and went on to make the story of her dysfunctional relationship with her mother the subject her directorial debut with the 2011 movie 'My Little Princess'.

This is the third time Eva, now 47, has tried to sue her mother for 'emotional distress' caused by her 'stolen childhood'. In 1998 the French police confiscated hundreds of photographs from her mother's apartment in which Eva appears at the age of five in suggestive poses and in complete nudity.

Irina Ionesco, 77, has now been ordered to pay her daughter €10,000 in damages and hand over negatives of the pictures, the Daily Mail reports, although the court has rejected her demand for €200,000 in damages and for her mother to be barred from profiting from the photographs.

Following the Playboy controversy, Irina lost custody of her daughter who was subsequently raised by the parents of renowned shoe designer Christian Louboutin.

Addressing the court in Paris, Eva's lawyer Jacques-Georges Bitoun spoke of the Seventies as 'an era when paedophile networks still had a lot of influence'.

'How can one open the legs of a four year old girl and take a snap? If art is photographing a child in these positions, I understand nothing of art. The child is never presented as a child but as a 'disguised prostitute'.'

Belinda White, Telegraph.co.uk

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