Thirty-three years ago, a baby-faced Brooke Shields spread her legs on television and informed the world she wasn’t wearing any underwear. Why are we bringing this up now? Because we think a lot of people are going to have a problem with this editorial and we just wanted to remind them that it could have been so much worse.
We, on the other hand, don’t have a problem with it and think she looks beautiful.
‘Mad Men’ star Kiernan Shipka is featured in the latest issue of Foam magazine photographed by Hilary Walsh/Atelier Management and styled by Jill Lincoln & Jordan Johnson for Rachel Zoe Studio/The Wall Group. Makeup: Elle Leary. Hair: Bridget Brager.
The outfits are very cute and there’s nothing racy or sexualized about the images. Yes, she’s wearing a ton of makeup and truth be told, it’s more makeup than we think a 13-year-old needs (they said with a harrumph), but there’s always an element of fantasy in fashion editorials; especially ones pitched at young girls. Our imaginary 13-year-old would not be allowed to leave the house sporting that face, but we’d have no problem with her experimenting with makeup, like so many girls her age do. To us, this doesn’t feel like she’s sexed up; it feels like she’s playing dressup.
But granted: She looks about six or 7 years older here. Then again, don’t a lot of 13-year olds aspire to that?
And we’re sorry for saying this every time we feature her, but it’s crazy how much she looks like a combination of Jon Hamm and January Jones, almost like one of those computer simulations they do of celebrity what-if babies. “What if Carrot Top and Michelle Williams had a baby?” That sort of thing. Except without the freaky, Uncanny Valley issues.
[Photo Credit: Hilary Walsh for Foam Magazine]