It’s never okay to talk badly about children on the Internet. But ever since she turned 18, all gloves are off when it comes to Kylie Jenner. Here’s what else is off: her shirt, her pants, her bra and her family’s good sense and decency. This month, Galore magazine features the youngest Kardashian-Jenner sister in a cover story, complete with a racy photo spread inside.
The cover line tells us that she’s so “unpredictable,” yet without even thinking hard you can predict exactly what you are going to see inside: lots of barely covered breasts, Kylie with her pants coming down in a way that shows off her lacy panties, Kylie in her underwear, Kylie blowing out the candles on a cake with an “18” candle. No surprises there.
One thing is unpredictable, and for that Galore magazine does not deserve congratulations, but shame. There is one shot where the still teenager holds a stuffed tiger in front of her crotch. A tiger, like Tyga, her 20-something boyfriend. Because: gross.
Kylie is young. And she has had an extremely challenging year, one that would send most young women reeling if they had to deal publicly with their father announcing he was transgender, one year after her parents divorced. It would be miraculous if she were making her best decisions right now. But that is what managers are for. And family. And, in this particular case, magazine editors. But instead, the folks at Galore booked photographer Terry Richardson, whose sexually explicit work led NY Mag to dub him a “proud pervert.” And then all involved advised Kylie to give it her sexy best.
The other unpredictable moment in the article is when Kylie says, “The reality is that I don’t even want to be 18. I wish I could be 17 for the rest of my life.” This is shocking because no one else feels this way — not her mom, not Tyga, not Terry Richardson, no one whose fame and bank accounts can grow now that she is on the legal side of womanhood. Not in recent memory has an industry which makes money off of the sexualization of women waited with such bated breath to cash checks off of an 18-year-old. So while Kylie may want to stay a kid forever, she may be the only one.
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(Photo: Galore Magazine, September 2015)
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