Model’s Parents Sue Urban Outfitters For $28M Over Racy T-Shirt

The parents of 16-year-old model Hailey Clauson are taking Urban Outfitters to court for the unauthorized use of photographs featuring their daughter in “salacious” and “provocative” poses.

Clauson’s parents are suing Urban Outfitters, photographer Jason Lee Parry and two other stores for a grand total of $28 million in damages for putting the images of Hailey on apparel without their permission. The parents say they knew about the photoshoot, which Parry shot in March 2010, but did not give permission for the photos to be used.

And that’s probably because of their content. Court papers say Parry took pictures of the then-15-year-old model posing “in a blatantly salacious manner with her legs spread, without a bra, revealing portions of her breasts.” The suit alleges that Parry shot Clauson drinking a beer and showing off what may be her pubic hair on a motorcycle. Per the suit:

The image of Teen in a spread eagle position making her crotch area the focal point of the image may portray a child in a sexually suggestive manner and may be in violation of one or more federal and/or state laws.

We couldn’t find any products featuring the image in question on Urban Outfitters’ website, but The Daily Mail managed to snag a screen capture of the motorcycle image screen printed on the top half of a t-shirt. A Google image search for “Hailey Clauson” reveals the full image, which we’ve included in this post, and it’s a pretty salacious shot when you consider the girl in it isn’t barely old enough to get a learner’s permit.

If Clauson’s name sounds familiar, that’s because despite her age she’s done work most fully grown models would kill for. She’s walked major runways for Gucci and Oscar de la Renta, and she’s been spotted in the pages of French, Russian and Chinese Vogue. But even though she’s starred in her fair share of age-appropriate spreads, she’s also caused controversey. When Diane von Furstenberg found out Clauson had walked in her fall show last Fashion Week, she was appalled and said Clauson was simply too young for that kind of work.

Of course, she’s not the only young model who’s sparked controversy of late. Just a few weeks ago, the Internet got riled up over 10-year-old French model Thylane Blondeau. Ten, we think, is too young for salacious images, but whether we realize it or not, the fashion industry processes some fairly adult images of girls who are just four or five years older, and Clauson’s case proves that.


[The Daily Mail, The New York Daily News via The Huffington Post]

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