In , photographer Garry Gross took several nude photographs of a year-old Brooke Shields that were later published in a Playboy publication called Sugar and Spice. This series of photographs has been the source for controversy for decades. But many internet users were blissfully unaware of the images until one appeared in a meme featuring a photograph of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner and passed around on social media:. The girl in the background of this meme is indeed a naked year-old Shields, and the photograph was truly published by Playboy. Although this meme may have given some viewers the impression that the image appeared in Playboy magazine itself, the picture was actually featured in the Playboy Press publication Sugar and Spice. Suddenly the pictures acquired a new and alluring value; and suddenly Brooke and Mom decided that, with the book out of print, Gross had no business peddling the pictures anywhere else, even though Mom had signed a release for them. So they went to court, where Justice Greenfield ruled against them. And so long as he was at it, Justice Greenfield delivered himself of a tidy lecture on the subject of stage motherhood.
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Brooke Shields was just 10 when photographer Gary Gross took photos of her posing nude in a bathtub in Wearing heavy makeup and nothing else, her body was later displayed in a series of shots published in Playboy publication Sugar and Spice. At the time she was just a little girl with her bare body splashed across the pages of a glossy magazine, but just a few years later she'd star in her first film role that would kick off her acting career. It's almost ironic that her character in that film, Pretty Baby , was a child prostitute. But the sad truth is that at just 10 years old, Brooke had no way of knowing or understanding what those nude photos meant, or how they would affect the rest of her life. Surprisingly, her mother Terri Shields was on board with the shoot, as she had long dreamed of her daughter becoming a star.
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His name was well-known, even if it is whispered with muted distaste in photography and copyrights circles. His body of work is unknown, eclipsed by a single pictorial he undertook for American socialite Teri Shields. In , Garry Gross scribbled his name into a dubious footnote in the history of photography by photographing a nude year-old Brooke Shields. After seeing the photos Louis Malle cast Brooke Shields as a child prostitute in Pretty Baby , his acclaimed movie set during the last months of legal prostitution in New Orleans. The rest was history — and a rancorous one as that. On this blog, the post of Brooke Shields which detailed the controversy remains the most visited entry , and comments there represent a veritable cross-section of pluralistic viewpoints and range from informed to inane. But apart from occasional interview, Gross remained in semi-retirement. He was shunned by the society and rejected by galleries which were hesitant to court controversy by staging Gross exhibits. Never returning to celebrity photography, Garry Gross worked and died as a humble dog photographer and trainer.
Brooke Christa Shields born May 31, is an American actress, model and former child star. Initially a child model, she gained critical acclaim for her leading role in Louis Malle's controversial film Pretty Baby , in which she played a child prostitute in New Orleans at the turn of the 20th century. The role garnered Shields widespread notoriety, and she continued to model into her late teenage years and starred in several dramas in the s, including The Blue Lagoon , and Franco Zeffirelli's Endless Love In , Shields abandoned her career as a model to attend Princeton University, where she graduated with a bachelor's degree in French literature.