Oh behave Urban Outfitters
The parents of an unnamed 15-year-old girl are suing photographer Jason Lee Parry and Urban Outfitters for using provocative pictures of their daughter on T-shirts and other items. Weirdly, the lawsuit states that the parents didn’t have a problem with the photo shoot itself, which involved “sexually suggestive” poses “revealing portions of her breasts”; rather, they’re annoyed that the pictures were distributed without their permission. Also, they’re asking that their identities remain secret because their daughter is apparently sort of famous:
The parents ask that their names and the girl’s identity not be revealed because she is well known in the modeling industry and “her image and identity have been exposed on national TV and in other media to the general public.”
From the lawsuit:
“The pictures also show her with beer, riding on a motorcycle without a helmet, and breaking other laws. Other pictures appear to show her pubic hair.The image of Teen in a spread eagle position making her crotch area the focal point of the image may portray a child in a sexually suggestive manner and may be in violation of one or more federal and/or state laws.”
Yowza. Well, there’s (hopefully) no debating the photo shoot described by the lawsuit constitutes a hugely inappropriate work environment for a fifteen-year-old. But then again, wasn’t it also inappropriate to let her go on the shoot in the first place, and only complain about it once Urban Outfitters started making money off of it?