The sexualization of girls in advertisements and other professional photographs is unfortunately nothing new. It seems that although Brooke Shield‘s notorious Calvin Klein ad is the quick go to reference for how to inappropriately to photograph kids, girls in magazines these days are even younger. And although lots of makeup and styling are most often pointed to as the culprit in the situations, a much more subtle approach is frequently used when getting these girls to come across like woman. Sometimes it’s lighting and makeup, other times it’s wardrobe, but most of the time its getting these kids to pose like they’re grownups with sexy expressions and sultry poses.
It’s quite possible to capture girls as precisely that — girls — while still wearing these same outfits and big chunky shoes. But the theme that you’ll notice throughout all of these pictures is that there is no child-like playfulness, no giddiness of youth in the faces of these young girls. It’s all practiced, adult-like gestures that give the illusion that they aren’t kids at all.