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Monday, August 22, 2011

Young Model Sues Photographer

FOR WHEEL: Hailey Clauson is snapped straddling a motorcycle during a shoot that also
produced a "spread eagle" shot that she is now suing over.  Photo by Jason Lee Parry

Sixteen year-old Californian model Hailey Clauson and her parents are suing photographer Jason Lee Parry and several retail companies that have released and/or used suggestive photographs of Clauson. The parents are seeking a total of $28 million in damages.

A year ago, at the age of 15, Clauson worked for Ford Models. According to the lawsuit by Clauson's parents, Ford Models agreed to never release the photographs in question. The photographs of Clauson, straddling a motorcycle and carrying a six-pack of beer, have appeared on t-shirts for multiple companies, including Urban Outfitters. Parry claims the photographs were stolen from him and after being released online where picked up by retail companies.

According to the New York Post, the lawsuit claims "the portrayal forces Clauson, now 16, to be the object of prurient interests and provides wallpaper for the likes of pedophiles."

Photographers and fashion magazines have been known to push models "beyond their comfort zone," but what if parents are present and grant their permission? Parry claims Clauson's parents were present and "gave him permission to publish the pictures."

Who is to blame for the pictures being taken in the first place? The parents? The modeling agency? The photographer? Are these photographs suggestive to you? 

To learn more about the lawsuit, please read “Underage model suing photographer for sexy photos.”

-Samantha Bradbeer
Junior Girl
Girl Museum Inc.

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