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New rule: If you're not allowed to see an R-rated film, then you shouldn't be doing sexy photo shoots in a skimpy bikini. Case in point: 14-year-old Kendall Jenner, half sister to Kourtney, Kim, and Khloe Kardashian. At 14, she's four years from voting age, seven years from legal drinking age, and now posing in a bikini for a sultry summer shoot.
The point isn't that a 14-year-old is wearing a bikini. That happens. Girls will be girls. The point is that adults (Jenner recently signed with Wilhelmina Modeling Agency) conceived and approved a sexy, skin-sational photo shoot with a 14-year-old girl; and that other adults -- including her parents -- thought it okay.
The photos send an explicit message that showing skin and looking sexy is something 14-year-old girls should aspire to, look up to and celebrate (as half-sis Kim does jubilantly on her blog.). Forget about comparing her to Lady Gaga, 24, and Katy Perry, 25; Jenner is three years younger than Miley Cyrus.
To me, asking if these photos are appropriate is like asking if it's appropriate for a 14-year-old celebrity to be professionally posed and shot smoking cigarettes. We can't expect kids not to emulate celebrities their age. What we can expect is that young celebrities act their age, if not in private (celebrities will be celebrities), then at least in a thought-out, posed pictorial.
Actually, strike that. We should expect responsible parents not to put their kids in those situations. Parents should be parents. Though Kendall's parents -- Kris and Bruce Jenner -- have yet to comment, her older sister Kim, 29, praised the photos on her blog: "They turned out sooo gorgeous! I am so proud of Kendall."
Am I overreacting? If you've seen shows like Toddlers & Tiaras, you know that sexy strutting is apparently appropriate for much younger girls. But think of it this way: Do you really want a Kardashian telling your kid how to grow up?
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