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Should Magazines And Modelling Be Banned For Kids Under 18?

(From The Huffington Post Canada    First Posted: January 20, 2012 12:10 PM )

Magazine covers seem to be getting sexier. And while the models gracing the pages are seemingly showing more and more skin, they also seem to be getting younger. Kaia Gerber, daughter of supermodel Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber is the latest baby-face to land a modelling gig, becoming the new face of Young Versace — the Italian brand’s label for kids.

And though Crawford seems nothing but thrilled her little doppelganger is making her modelling debut at the tender age of 10, the whole thing has us wondering whether the modelling world should put an age restriction on how young is too young to model.

We’ve seen Thylane Blondeau pose seductively for French Vogue, Prada uses underage models in a 80-second promotional video and 17-year-old Dakota Fanning grace the cover of Cosmopolitan magazine (looking oddly airbrushed). Though Bonnie Fuller, former editor-in-chief of the girly magazine, is urging prudes to get their  “knickers out of knots” others, are calling on the fashion industry to be cautious about what they expose children to.

Former fashion model Nicole Weider, has started a petition calling for fashion mags, specifically Cosmo, to be packaged in a non-transparent cover and to only be sold to girls over 18. According to The Daily Mail UK, Weider believes, “This magazine has the devil written all over it… and is just a vessel for that.”

Model Coco Rocha, who herself was discovered at age 14, believes young girls aren’t prepared to be treated as adults and are being instructed to act in a way they’re normally not used to.

Whether you think Weider or Rocha’s take is prudish, it’s becoming clear sexualized images and exploitation of young girls is not only having negative consequences on the children who pose for millionaire designers, but also for the children who see the ads.

So what do you think: Should magazines be banned to kids under 18 and should teen girls stop modelling for big-time designers? Or is it all a matter of parents setting firm boundaries on what their children view, buy or read?


The Family Dinner

A simple ritual has been gradually losing its footing within families for some years now and experts believe its loss is at the root of many of our present social crises. A new book called The Family Dinner – Great Ways to Connect with your Kids One Meal at a Time by Laurie David seems to be sparking a movement to re-instate this waning tradition and benefit greatly as a result. The book itself features recipes, games, tips, conversation topics and more. The Huffington Post has thrown in its support by launching a new Friday feature called the HuffPost Dinner Download – Conversation Starters for Your Family Dinner: “Every Friday afternoon, just in time for dinner, our editors will highlight one of the most compelling news stories of the week — stories that will spark a lively discussion among the whole family.”

In our household we play a game called “Highlight of the Day” in which we work our way around the table encouraging each person to share his or her day’s “highlight”. Inevitably fun conversation ensues and even if not, we all enjoy a quick peek at a day through the eyes of a family member. We don’t do it every day but when we do, it’s always rewarding.

Opportunities for “family time” within the busy schedules so many of us maintain can be rare. The Family Dinner provides great inspiration as well as guidelines for easily creating new memories and connections within your family. Below is a video of one of the games suggested in the book. I dare you to watch and not smile. As we head into the season of holiday gatherings here’s to sharing laughter with family.



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