Saturday, January 26, 2013

GIRL MODEL (2012): Model Scout, "I Think of Young Girls As Beauty."

Dakota & Elle Fanning

There was some controversy surrounding Marc Jacobs' Oh Lola perfume advertisement that features 17-year-old Dakota Fanning and the Marie Claire spread featuring 13-year-old Elle Fanning

Jacobs said that he choose Dakato, who is holding a large phallic bottle between her legs, because, "I knew she could be this contemporary Lolita, seductive yet sweet." 

Interestingly, Jacobs agrees with professor and "man of letters" Robertson Davies' assessment of the Lolita as: “[...] not [about] the corruption of an innocent child by a cunning adult, but [about] the exploitation of a weak adult by a corrupt child."

And why did Marie Claire choose 13-year-old Elle for their photo shoot? They're probably like the Japanese.

In Girl Model (2012), a documentary about the pipeline of early-teen Siberian models to Japan, Ashley, an American model scout for Japanese based Switch Models, said referring to Nadya, a tall, skinny, flat chested, thirteen-year-old blonde from Serbia: 
“They love skinny girls in Japan. And she has a fresh young face. She looks young - almost like a prepubescent girl … [The modeling] business is obsessed with youth, and especially my business from Japan. You can't be young enough and youth is beautiful, because there’s the luminosity. There's something in the skin. There's something innocent. And that's what my eye has been trained to see from Japan; so, I look at beauty and I think of young girls as beauty. 
Girl Model (2012)

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