We haven’t had a good “Icky or Unethical?” issue for a while. Here is one to start off your week…strangely.
Last weekend, as I’m sure you all know, commenced Miami Swim Week 2016, which runs though July 19. During the swimwear fashion and trade show (now in its 12th year!), designers, buyers and models from around the world come to Miami Beach to promote the latest in swim wear.
This year, the brand Hot As Hell featured adult-style bathing suits for little girls. Tiny models walked down the runway, strutting their stuff. Often they were accompanied by full grown models wearing similar out fits, like this…
Many observers were horrified, and pronounced the bikinis, the line, and the runway display disturbing, child porn, titillation for pederasts, child abuse, and another dangerous step into the societal abyss of sexualizing childhood. Others have responded with “Aw, they’re so cute!”, “Oh, get over it” and “You’re the one with the dirty mind!”
Your Ethics Alarms Ethics Quiz to begin this Republican National Convention Week of Shame is…
Are the kiddie bikinis unethical, or just icky?
I don’t even reach that question, since my long-standing position is that using models this young on a fashion runway is per se unethical—irresponsible, unfair, exploitive— no matter what they are modeling, including burkas.
So, for the sake of argument, let’s stipulate that using child models isn’t inherently wrong—though it is--and just focus on this kind of modeling. Let’s even take the name of the brand out of the equation, since I hope we can agree that even suggesting that little girls in bikinis are “Hot as Hell” is ethically problematic.
What’s your answer?
Pointer, Facts and Photos: The Sun