Underage Skins in lingerie shoot controversy

Elle magazine attracted criticism when it became the latest publication to feature underage girls posing in lingerie for a shoot called ‘After-School Special.’

The photo shoot involved the underage cast of TV show Skins posing in corsets and panties, in an attempt to demonstrate the latest innerwear as outerwear trend.

Elle creative director Joe Zee was the man behind the spread, which features stars Eleanor Zichy, James Newman, Rachel Thevenard, Britne Oldford, Camille Cresencia-Mills and Sofia Black D’Elia, who range in age from just 15 years old to 19.

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It echoed a recent photo shoot for GQ by the young cast of Glee who, though over the age of 19, were presented as ‘high schoolers’ in a raunchy spread.

A representative for the Parents Television Council (PTC) told EW.com that they ‘have some concerns’ about the Elle photos, as well.

PTC director of communications and public education Melissa Henson said: "We had concerns about the GQ photo shoot of ‘Glee,’ even though [that cast] was over the age of 19, because they were presenting themselves as high schoolers.

"With this, even though the poses are less provocative, the fact that they have these underage girls wearing lingerie is troubling… It does contribute to the problem we’re seeing increasingly, sexualizing young girls."

Henson added: "These are clearly very talented and capable actresses, but the purpose of that photo shoot and having them pose in lingerie isn’t to highlight their acting ability. It’s to highlight their attractiveness."

Elle editor-in-chief Robbie Myers responded that the purpose of the shoot was to actually draw attention to the fashion.

She said: "Innerwear as outerwear has been a trend for decades, and Joe Zee’s point was to make what the actors wear on their show more fashion, less vulgar.

"The content of Skins is infinitely more racy than anything we’d have them do. And we had the blessing of their parents: they were at the shoot."

The photo shoot is only the latest in a series of incidents where young actresses and singers have been portrayed posing in provocative shoots. Miley Cyrus, Taylor Momsen and Vanessa Hudgens are just a few of the young stars to recently attract notice by undressing for the camera.




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