Mail Online (UK) 9th February 2010
The film star’s designer sister poses coquettishly as the paparazzi go crazy. There is scarlet lipstick on her wide smile and thick black liner rings her eyes. She is dressed provocatively in a perilously short, tight dress, fishnet tights and high-heeled PVC dominatrix boots. So far, so predictable. Except for one thing. This is Noah Cyrus, sister of Hannah Montana star Miley Cyrus, and she’s just ten years old. Her frail, flat-chested child’s body and babyish face looks grotesque and tragic in her bizarrely sexualised get-up. The pictures are enough to send a shiver down my spine. Yet for millions of American children, Noah is a style icon. And now, together with child actress Emily Grace Reaves, who is just eight, this skinny little girl is launching a range of clothing for the childrenswear line Ooh La! La! Couture. The clothes are mainly hooker-style short dresses with can-can skirts in garish pink, leopard print and black, and are described by the company as ‘versatile styles that can be worn with sweet ballerina slippers, funky sneakers or paired with lace stockings and boots for more of a rock ‘n’ roll look’. And yes, they are available from baby sizes.
…The difference between childhood and adulthood has traditionally been signalled by clothing. But when ASDA, the UK’s largest childrenswear retailer, sells black sequined microshorts and metallic biker jackets for four-year-olds, and Next, its rival, sells strappy, diamante sandals with adult-height heels to fit three-year-olds, should we assume that the minute our girls are out of babygros they are nothing but miniature WAGs, to be judged on their sexual attractiveness?