Images of a nearly nude Karlie Kloss shot by Mario Testino from Allure‘s October 2011 issue have started making the internet rounds. While the photos aren’t raunchy in the least, they’re still somewhat controversial given Karlie is only 19-years-old, and is often thought of (and referred to) as a “teen model.” The people over at Fashion Copious seem pretty outraged, saying, “No agent/agency should [any longer] allow their girls to be shot by Testino.”
Many Fashion Spot commenters also took issue with the shoot. Ivyinthemood said, “I don’t really like that she is naked…,” while commenter Vanity Fair said “omg, I feel that this is such [sic].. inappropriate.” Lifeispeachy seemed to sum up the general consensus, saying “it’s still so weird to see her like that.”
We have to say, we, too, were pretty surprised to see Kloss in such an overtly sexual, partially nude shoot. Maybe it’s because she’s only 19–which outside of the fashion world, is still pretty young to be posing topless in our books. Or maybe it’s because we’ve followed her since she was 15, and we still think of her as that smiley, adorable teen model we fell in love with back then. After all, wasn’t it just a few months ago that Karlie was going to Prom? Maybe it’s because Kloss has always seemed so, well, wholesome–regardless of her growing maturity.
Then again this is the same model who, at 16, told the New York Times, “I’m numb to the nudity. It’s just part of the job.” On the other hand, just a few days ago, Kloss told The Cut, that she “wish[ed] [she'd] been a little more mature, a little older” when she started her career.
Whatever it is, we’re a bit uncomfortable with the whole thing–and we’re a little shocked it’s appearing, in Allure of all places–it’s hardly an edgy fashion forward mag. But were you taken aback by these photos? Or is this just par for the course?
What’s your take?