Monday, May 24, 2021

Leni Klum & Alabama Barker: Sexualized Teens or Teen Sexuality?

16-year-old @leniklum via IG

Leni Klum, Heidi's 16-year-old daughter, and Alabama Barker, Travis' 15-year-old daughter, were in the news recently. 

Hannah Southwick of PageSix posted the article "Heidi Klum’s daughter Leni, 16, covers Glamour Germany 20 years after mom" (April 9, 2021). 

And Heather Waugh for the Daily Mail posted "Travis Barker's daughter Alabama, 15, says Shanna Moakler is an absent mom..." (17 May 2021)

16-year-old Leni Klum

What struck us the most after clicking on the links in the articles, was the similarities between the two nymphets. For example, for the Glamour photoshoot, Leni posed with her denim jacket lowered to expose her young shoulders sans bra straps. Thereby, giving the viewer the impression that she was braless. Bandeau? 

In addition, Leni posted a picture on Instagram with her denim jacket lowered to expose her young shoulders sans bra straps. The post was captioned to promote the magazine's release: "Coming soon… #twomoredays." #[teen]sexsells

And Alabama made a TikTok with her pajama top lowered to expose her young shoulders; however, her designer bra strap, which she fingered, was visible. 

15-year-old @alabamabarker 

Arguably, Alabama's exposed shoulders post may be more conservative than Leni's, but Alabama was not conservative in some of her other TikTok posts. For instance, in another TiKTok, she rubbed her fountains over her latex and aimed her young derri√®re at her iPhone's camera.

Apparently, Heidi approved of Hannah's photoshoot. She even gave the camera a sly wink. And we're going to assume that Travis is aware of Alabama's sultry TikToks. 

But what may be most interesting thing about Leni's photoshoot and Instagram post and Alabama's TikToks is that the nymphet are not being sexualized, but they are displaying their teen sexuality. Are Leni and Alabama using the allure of nymphets to their own advantage? 

15-year-old Alabama Barker via Daily Mail

And even if you and/or Travis don't approve of Alabama's TiKToks, Taylor Lorenz opined on The New York Times' "Popcast" podcast (SEP 16, 2020) that "there's a lot of over reaction" over the sexualization of minors on TikTok. Lorenz opined:

And I think that, you know, young women should feel confident in expressing themselves. You know, and if they wanna dance to a certain song and that makes them feel good and they wanna put that on the Internet [...] I think that a lot of the concern over sexualization of minors and stuff is very focused around young women and can sometimes be used as an excuse to kind of shame them for things that you know maybe they like don't deserve it for - there's a lot of overreaction [...] 

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