Image Of Brooke Shields Naked At 10 Caused Uproar In UK Exhibit

October 1, 2009

UK (ChattahBox) – A controversial image of Brooke Shields posing nude as a child has sparked arguments in the UK after being featured in an exhibition at the Tate Modern Gallery.

The picture, a photograph of a photograph taken of Shields when she was ten years old, features her standing naked in a bathtub, makeup heavily painted on her face, and her body smothered in oil.

The photo was commissioned by Shields’ mother, who had hoped to use it to bring her baby girl to stardom. It was originally taken by Richard Prince, and the ownership of the photo was signed off by the mother at the time of the taking.

Brooke attempted to have the negatives given back to her in the 1980’s, but a judge deemed her a “hapless victim of a contract”, and she lost her case.

It has since been featured in a Playboy editorial, and has been shown in the United States in the past.

Many are saying that the photo, which has been given it’s own room with a warning on the door at the Tate, is a blatant exploitation of a child, and that giving it a place in a gallery is inviting pedophiles to view it.

“Brooke Shields was 10 years old when this picture was taken. She could not have given informed consent to it being used. It must be bordering on child pornography. It is certainly not art,” Kidscape founder Michele Elliott was quoted by The Telegraph.

“If you are using a picture of a naked child to bring people to your exhibition, then you are exploiting that child. It’s as if they are using a 10-year-old girl for bait. I find it disturbing and they should be ashamed of themselves. And putting the picture in a room with a warning outside really is a magnet for paedophiles.”

The room has been sealed for the moment, following police intervention, and it is currently being decided whether or not the image breaks child obscenity laws.

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