I find absolutely nothing wrong with the makeup. It's just fake eyelashes. It's an absolutely stunning photo. Honestly, this is not sexualizing a child in any way. Your sexual thoughts are what's sexualizing her. I seriously doubt that she wears that makeup on a day to day basis. It's adding more affect to the photo. And there's a lot worse out there, like the child beauty pageants. I'm a dancer and I act on occasion, and honestly, some little actors and dancers have to wear a little bit more makeup than that so that their eyes can be seen on stage. I see absolutely nothing wrong with that. What I do find wrong is shaming someone for their artwork and beautiful talent in photography. This is a gorgeous photo. I personally don't like fake eyelashes, but they seriously add drama to the photo. I don't care how young she is. The eyelashes are well-used in this photo.
This is a wonderful, wonderful piece of art and an absolutely beautiful little girl.
its not sexualizing at all.. and i think by model its not like 'model' model if u get what i'm mean. you could call her a subject if you want. and who cares if she wore makeup.. it could've been at an event or for a performance. YOU should be ashamed for thinking that its sexual.
oh, i know what i'm talking about.. i don't support toddler pageants either. the child could've been in a cultural performance. at least she's not parading around in skimpy swimsuit or tight clothes and wiggling her ass at the juries..
Very beautiful photo! I love the way the colors interact and how the girl's image is echoed to either side of her. Between the flowers and heavy makeup, your work seems to be a commentary on how we perceive beauty nowadays. Well done on the capture of an adorable portrait with depth of meaning, and congratulations of the DD!
Hey guys, this is a photo. Do you know the chances that this darling little lady probably wears makeup every single day like this? Their very slim.
I used to love having makeup applied to me when i was a kid, and notice how she's not wearing eyeliner (pretty much the only piece of makeup that actually might hurt being applied), just fake eyelashes.
I don't think this is a total crime, but that's just me I guess.
I love this shot, it's beautiful! Congratulations to the photographer and the lovely little lady on the DD!
it IS a very well done composition and a bautiful pic - naturally, the even face of a child, undamaged and unchanged by life, soft and innocent contains a lot of beauty.
however the fact that this child is probably not even 9 (judging from the head-shoulder ratio, even taking into consideration that she could be extra fragile) and is wearing more makeup than some profesional models (what many people have not mentioned is her eyebrows) does bring up a lot of negative connotations such as:
Pedophily Child porn and the general oversexualisation of children which are yet far from the age of sexual maturity
yesyes, i know tons of people will come kicking and screaming now, because i´m only jealous and whatnot. sorry, that´s not the point i´m trying to make.
this is of course harsh criticism and i dare say, it will not be welcome with many. please try to view this artwork differnciatedly, come away from art for arts sake, brainlessly loving aesthetical things that contain ambiguousity deep down. ...or not so deep. i am not implying that you, dear artist, who created a nice composition, are any of those things i mentioned above. what i do believe, is that art comes with some degree of responsibility and that it is impossible to be viewed apart from topics that are contemporaryly going round the world.
i dare also say that since this has been published without any statement (except for the implied love song, even more ambiguous?), i´m well within my rights to post these critical thoughts, so thanks in advance for not jumping down my throat.
It's beautiful, and while it may be good to admire and enjoy beauty - is it good to do so without any critical thinking? Do we have a responsibility to the defenseless when we declare certain things good and beautiful?
I'm not saying that this child has been harmed in any way, but when we sexualize children (by dressing or portraying them in certain ways) and call it good, beautiful, normal - what else are we normalizing and promoting?
This is a gorgeous picture but like previous comments have mentioned, the fake eyelashes are unnecessary. In my opinion they take away from the child's natural beauty. No those are not "natural long eyelashes" they are fake. I would find the picture much more raw, more beautiful, more... how would I say it, sincere? I would like to see another photo without makeup or the eyelashes, it would be amazing.
I think the reason it bugs people so much is that makeup is usually reserved for adult models, so seeing it on a child is just unconventional. Many of us aren't used to it (including children models). However, it is the artist's choice. Don't get me wrong, this girl is gorgeous! Personally I just find it totally unnecessary. If you look at the clothing, I get a very rural vibe from the atmosphere. The child seems like she may by a victim of poverty and the only beautiful thing in her world is the rose. But the makeup directly contradicts this tone. With makeup she now appears wealthy, perhaps of royalty. So I'm just not quite sure what the intended tone is of this work.
i agree. Shes a real cute and adorable girl, but the fake lashes are too much. They don't even look like natural fake lashes, which bugged me. If it looked more natural it would've been better, and there was too much make up.
Photography is really nice here but just the unncessary things added like many others feel as well is what was off.
I'm willing to bet she's a preteen... she kinds looks (body-type) that age... All the comments about the makeup are irritating me, I remember when I was like 5 getting those kiddie makeup kits and strutting my stuff, and when kids do that no one cares, but when the makeup is done correctly, people make a fuss... I feel like I'm surrounded by hypocrites. My point is, she looks like she's about 10, 11, or 12, she's not that little.