There's been some discussion in Runway Land the last couple years over models being too skinny. But this photo reminds me of how much that skinniness is a factor of age... When models are made up, and strutting around with The Pouty Look, they look older than they really are.
But look at this shoe-trip-up photo. The accident has brought out a certain candor, and suddenly the model (Monika Jagaciak, same as the above pics) looks exactly her age: 15 years old. And not in a sexy-jail-bait way... but in a this-is-your-kid-sister way. (Click on the photo to see it larger.)
Below are some of her modeling pics... which are definitely of the Lolita variety.
There's some controversy as to whether models should be allowed to do runway before the age of 16; but I'm less worried about the individual girls (chaperoned by parents) than I am about this extremist version of a society that worships youthfulness. Wishing you were 18 again is one thing... but who the hell wants to be 9? Seriously... I'm not fantasizing about living at home, having a bedtime, and learning my times tables.
Of course, then there's the whole sexualization of little girls... luckily I don't have any children and don't have to worry about that on a personal level.
(I have a little girl, but she comes with fangs and always-sharpened claws. I pity the tom who treats her like a sex object.)