Originally posted by Druscillareply to post by
What do the parents of these teens have to say? They're still legal guardians & have say so over what their children do,
right? I would think anyone under the age of legal consent & responsibility would fall under the jurisdiction of their parents & if there's any
question of abuse, it should then also fall on them. These models don't have to be models. They could just as well apply themselves toward getting an
education in a field that pays just as well. I'm not going to shed any tears over anyone that hurts themselves because being pretty is more important
than having an education.
Parents of these minors have nothing to say because 95% of the time, they're stage parents that push their kids into the fashion & entertainment
industries because to them, their kid is a beautiful, talented paycheck for them to cash in on for as long as possible through any means necessary.
They have no problem turning a blind eye to abuse as long as the money comes in. Even though their kid is used, harmed & damaged, they're happy to
bask in their kid's limelight, live vicariously through their kid's "success" & line their pockets with money "earned" through their kid's
exploitation & abuse. I use the term kid for kids age 0 to 18 because teens are still children too.
You're 100% correct that responsibility & blame for any abuse of minors in the fashion & entertainment industries should fall on the parents as well
as the abusers. Parents of abused minors in the industries are almost always aware of the abuse & are completely willing to sacrifice their kids in
every way to keep the cash flowing & gain a bit of fame. Parents who allow others to abuse their kids are just as bad as those who directly abuse the
True, models don't have to be models but as stated above, many models get started as kids & are pushed into it by their parents. Abuse against kids
while being glorified for their appearance damages their young minds & psyches with the idea/paradox that the only thing they're good for is pleasing
others & looking pretty even though they feel like they're worthless, ugly & think they can't do anything right except standing in front of a camera &
serving others' desires. They eventually don't even feel like they can do those things right which is why you see so many models/actresses/singers
break down in their 20s. They don't leave the industry as adults because the abuse they've endured makes them think that they're not capable of being
anything more than what they already are or doing anything other than what they already do. These kids aren't hurting themselves or willingly allowing
others to hurt them & being pretty is not more important to them than having an education; they're abused, deprived of their education & told their
appearance is all they are.
Regarding education, stage parents take their kids out of school to "homeschool" them in order to have more time to pursue their careers. These kids
want to be normal kids; they wanna be in school & around other kids, they don't want to have to constantly perform & be perfect but they're not
allowed to live normal lives or pursue their dreams. Their dreams go out the window to be replaced by their parents' dreams. By the time they're old
enough to not be under their parents' thumb, they've not only been completely removed from normal life (school, decent education, peer group &
friends, childhood, social skills, etc) for years, they've been thoroughly abused & broken. Jumping back into school/college at 18 after being taken
out of school at 14 in the 8th grade (some are taken out earlier at an even younger age) & being deprived of real education & social interaction for 4
years (all of high school) would be immensely difficult for anyone to do but is even more difficult for someone who's been systematically abused for
years (studies have shown that abuse diminishes victims' IQ & ability to learn & retain information) & taught that their mind is worthless because
their only asset is their body. When they try to make more of themselves & fail because they've been deprived of proper grade school education, their
self worth & self esteem plummet even further.
There are so many victims of the fashion & entertainment industries that face the above listed problems & I'd shed more than just a tear or two for
them. It's tragic that so many kids (children & teens who will grow into the same sort of young adult celebrities that we see falling apart every day
on TV & in gossip mags) are pushed into these industries only to have their minds & lives absolutely devastated & destroyed for the sake of the
entertainment of the masses & the almighty dollar.
P.S. I love your avatar, Druscilla!
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