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A questionable Senior picture

Posted Saturday, January 7, 2012, at 5:36 PM

Sydney Spies choice for Senior Picture
Remember Senior Pictures? Believe it or not this was a Senior picture submitted by Sydney Spies of Colorado. For obvious reasons not understood by this wannabe future Playboy pictorial, the editors of the High School decided not to allow this for her senior picture in the yearbook. This 18 year old is stunned as to "Why" it is not allowed and argues that she has the right to freedom of expression. To be clear, Freedom of Expression is defined as " The right to express one's ideas and opinions freely through speech, writing, and other forms of communication." What is it exactly that she is trying to express? Her bold choice of substituting a scarf for a shirt expresses many different things that are not exactly appropriate for a high school student. What is most astonishing about this story is not that she is protesting and seeking a lawyer, its that her mother stands right beside her holding up signs in front of the school. One can only question what other parental guidance is lacking from this young ladies life. Let's just hope for the benefit of everyone that while they protest their cause, that both of them chose to at least put a shirt on!




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At least it's memorable, instead of boring and cliche and totally forgettable like the vast majority of senior pictures parents waste hundreds of dollars on. I know of several girls who have done modeling work with their parent's blessing wearing similar or more "revealing" clothing than this. It's really not that big of a deal; the school overreacting is the reason people have heard about this "story," not just because of the picture.

-- Posted by jlees on Sun, Jan 8, 2012, at 5:27 PM

What's sad about this picture is she feels that in order to be memorable, this is the only way to do it. There are other ways to be remembered and posing like this is not one of them. Modeling work and School pictures are separate situations. If something like this is allowed then where do you draw the line? I don't see how provocative pictures seem like a better investment than typical senior pictures. I would think that a good investment would be for a photographer to make me look good without having to reveal my body. The overreaction is simply due to the complete disregard of censorship and lack of responsibly representing her school and class. She could have handed out this picture to her family and friends and complied with her schools request for another picture for the yearbook. instead she chooses to protest and makes the entire issue larger than it needed to be.

-- Posted by leeceyplus3 on Sun, Jan 8, 2012, at 9:58 PM

I thought yearbook pictures were usually supposed to be pretty basic head and shoulders shots. If the school would stick with that guideline, then it would solve the problem of many of the self-expression issues that might be fine for some situations but not for the general audience yearbook.

Having said that, while I have never seen a senior picture of a girl in a bikini, bikinis are becoming tinier and I will assert that this girl is more covered up than if she was wearing a bikini. Would a beach bikini pic be inappropriate? I don't know in the bigger picture. I think the current trend of bikinis and swimsuits in general for teenage girls are inappropriate.

I take particular exception to girls with larger than bikini bodies squeezing into the tiny ones, and maybe that's discriminatory because I'm not a small person (I'm also 40 and not wearing a bikini again). I feel the same way about the bigger girls in tube tops (unless it's a layer as they do sometimes) or the tiny, delicate sundresses. But while my daughter could wear anything and look great, still I wouldn't want her in public in just a string bikini. I know, uncool mom.

I agree with Leecey that modeling work is different from senior pictures. I'd be interested to know what photographers think of this.

-- Posted by AmyPeterson on Mon, Jan 9, 2012, at 6:40 AM

Some of the guys' shots are just as bad. Leave your shirts on and pull up your pants. Let's talk about prom dresses and volleyball shorts...oh yeah, we have.

Adults have to take some of the blame in this one. The sexually explicit took charge beginning in the sixties and it has steadily gotten worse. Kids are living in a morally corrupt world and its our fault. We have allowed the government and media to strip us of our morality and values. They have thrown out God and made those who believe in Him social outcasts rather than the other way around. We have allowed it.

On this one, I agree, stick to the head and shoulders shots and there is no argument.

-- Posted by Leah Cauthron on Mon, Jan 9, 2012, at 11:05 AM

I've been talking to one of my photographer friends about this because I know he's worked with models Spies' age and younger. When he works with younger models, he makes sure that model's parents are involved. Oftentimes, a model's mother is at the shoot, which it sounds like was probably the case here.

He agrees that submitting the photo to the yearbook is not a good idea. However, she believes it reflects who she is and her passions. Football players and band members get to reflect their passions in their yearbook photos. She should be able to do the same thing, as long as she is following the school dress code. If not, I agree she should find a happy medium where she can follow the dress code and still express herself and her aspirations to be a model. She should find a photographer who can pull off the look she wants, while still following the letter of the law.

However, I kind of think she wanted to make headlines to boost her modeling career, and she'll probably get her way.

-- Posted by Gabe Licht on Tue, Jan 10, 2012, at 7:12 PM

Not that I liked wearing the volleyball shorts, but they were just as short/tight nearly 10 years ago when I was playing. It has nothing to do with sexuality and everything to do with ease of movement.

-- Posted by notinia on Tue, Jan 17, 2012, at 2:09 PM

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