Let’s agree from the outset that these two pint sized young ladies are simply adorable. At the same token let’s also ask if there’s something a little off kilter about turning the young ladies, both 6 year olds and coincidentally the stars of TLC’s new show ‘Toddlers and Tiaras,’ into looking like 23 year old Upper East socialites looking for a drink on the house in their Saturday night best?
There to promote Nuchas, a new Mexican restaurant in Times Square, Isabella Barrett and Eden Wood strike wonderful poses in front of photographers. They could easily be confused in their repose, make-up and painted pouted lips for billboard models that dot the Times Square landscape except for the crucial factor that they’re only 6, and perhaps inappropriately prepped up for a fashion stakes shoot that could just as easily have hired models of age instead of these two young children.
Eden wears a red dress and a fur lined jacket (something you wore when you were 6 years old?), Isabella her co-star wears a fur coat and a tiara (naturally…). Of course it looks like its kids having fun, but then the question arises if this is a little too staged with the photographers and passer bys taking samples the children are passing out, and most importantly why the need to portray these children in a way that is years ahead of their time and implicitly forcing them to adapt to contemporary fashionable themes? Is this what we mean by fashion forward?