Paris, France (CNS) – French Vogue Editor-in-Chief Carine Roitfeld is stepping down from the post she held for the last ten years this month, but not before leaving one more controversial issue. The December/January issue of Vogue Paris features children in stilettos, heavy makeup, and fierce poses.
Under the spread called “Cadeaux,” the girls, who all appear to be under eight years old, wear their unsmiling modelesque expressions, complete with pouty mouths and fierce look.
Unsurprisingly, the spread, photographed by Sharif Hamza, gathered criticisms from some readers, who say that the kids have been forced to grow up too fast. Christianity today even called the photoshoot an “assault on little girls.”
But the magazine seems unrepentant with their choice of models, judging from its past works. It has featured controversial themes in the past, tackling some of the industry’s “sins,” including plastic surgery.
Meanwhile, Roitfeld’s successor may just be around the corner. Rumors are circulating that the magazine’s own Fashion Director Emmanuelle Alt is set to replace her when she officially vacates her seat on January 31st.