Friday, December 17, 2010

Modeling or child abuse?

Sexy photographs of teenaged models in scanty clothes and sexy lingerie are being widely circulated on the net, arousing prurient interest and raising moral questions.
There is a photo of Hoang Thi Bao Tran, just 12, showing her underpants at a fashion show titled “Fashion and Passion” last month.
The event was later shown on TV with the portion deleted. But the photo was splashed on the net with titles like “Teenage model reveals underwear” and “Naked photos of model Bao Tran.”
However, many realize it was a wardrobe malfunction that was not premeditated.
Her father called it “accidental.”

“She tried to hold down her dress from the strong wind. At first, she was worried her classmates will gossip about it. But finally she stopped thinking about it,” he said.
But clearly he is not amused by her shenanigans. “She is naïve and childish. She does not even know what a celebrity is. Her duty is to focus on studies. We hope that she will graduate from university and get a good job in future.”
The 1.72m starlet won a “Teen Model” contest in 2009 when she was just 11.
While there is sympathy for her, netizens have been more scathing of organizers of beauty and fashion pageants and others who exploit young people.
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Le Hoang Bao Tran
Minh Thu, a student of the HCMC University for Social Sciences and Humanities, slammed the organizers of the show for abusing children’s rights, saying “She’s so young.”
Those hiring minors as models and using their photos only want to promote themselves, she pointed out.
Thuy Nga, the mother of a teenager in Ho Chi Minh City, said: “Misusing children’s photos is unacceptable. I think they exploit her images.”
And bare breast…
Just like Tran, 15-year-old Hong Que attracted public attention by endorsing several underwear brands last year.
Hong Que

In one show, she shocked people by pacing up and down the catwalk with just two small pasties covering her nipples. She was otherwise bare from the waist up.
Men who must have been her father’s age were goggling at her and pointing.
Immediately after the event, her photo was everywhere on the net.
Stars in eyes
Nevertheless, many parents support their children’s modeling dreams.
Many enroll their daughters when they are as young as 11 in model-training classes that are becoming popular in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.
Several fashion companies are also hunting for very young models for their shows.
T.V., who wished to remain anonymous, said: “I’m a little scared after the Bao Tran scandal. But I have joined this class to be prettier.” She attends a class for models on Mac Dinh Chi Street, District 1, HCMC.
The law is not clear about hiring underage models. Circular No 21 issued by the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs in 1999 merely says teenage workers can be hired to do jobs appropriate for their age.

Source: Tuoitrenews

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