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Casey Kitchel


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Sixteen & Modeling

In the summary of Cameron Russell's talk it reads "...she takes a wry look at the industry(fashion) that had her looking highly seductive at barely 16-years-old." The first time I read this I didn't think much of it. But the more times I read it, the more second thoughts I have. The statement might as well read "the fashion industry had a high school student looking highly seductive." Something about that is uncomfortable. What do other people think about this?


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    Jul 31 2013: You could look at it in two ways:

    1. A child under 18 who is being promoted in a "sexual" manner; which is because people under 18 are soo called 'immature'.

    2. A young adult who is doing what she likes and does it well.

    I personally would go with option 2. Its her life and her decision to model and the media might have used a wrong set of words which provoke various thoughts, I say we are no one to judge her.

    Its the perspective in which we choose to think about her. Make that right and the world is a happier place.

    Also she's 16 and she might have looked seductive, so what? My ex last year was 16 (i'm still 17) and she used to wear super sexy clothes and i don't think anyone should be judged on it or by the words of someone else. You feel uncomfortable because most people presume anything seductive or whatever for people below 18/21 is wrong as you know it can be considered as CP or maybe because its social convention that a young person should be modest in looks and appearences. Anyway, the person we are talkin about here is a model, what do you expect?
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      Jul 31 2013: Hey Simon,

      "Anyway, the person we are talkin about here is a model, what do you expect?"
      Are you suggesting it's okay to think of and treat models differently because of their profession?
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        Aug 3 2013: Don't take things the way they are not meant to be.

        You know what I mean and I don't think I need to answer you.
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          Aug 4 2013: Certainly you felt the need to answer me because you did.

          Just making sure you're ready to take responsibility for the things you say Simon. Judging by your response, you aren't.

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