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Published:May 9th, 2008 12:25 EST
When Good Girls Go Bad

When Good Girls Go Bad

By LaShelle Turner

More and more young starlets are turning from good girl to bad girl at an earlier age. Society emphasis on sexiness and being considered hot may be the underlying reason. Young girls are noticing sooner that the sexier you are the more you get attention, especially from the media. Today`s young starlets all seemingly want to shed their wholesome image the week after they hit puberty. None want to hold on to the innocence that first catapulted them to fame in the first place.

Desirability has always been an important aspect of womanhood, but why is it important to be sexually desirable at 15?

Taking off one`s clothes has become a Hollywood rite of passage. The message they are sending to young girls is an obvious one: no one takes nice girls seriously. The first moments the breast buds start to appear, they run to a provocative spread in a magazine or sign up to star as an oversexed teen-ager in a movie.

We all remember Britney Spears` controversial Rolling Stone cover and the uproar it caused. So, Miley Cyrus is not the first young beauty to shed her innocence by revealing to us her impending womanhood. Like Spears, Cyrus`s Vanity Fair controversy reveals the pressure Hollywood puts on women to sell the body rather than their talent. Act 15, the young star`s parents and handlers disturbingly believe she must shed his wholesome image to appeal to an older audience. We all know she cannot be Hannah Montana forever. Still, we do not expect her to go from sweet to naughty overnight.

Right after her stint in rehab, Lindsey Lohan decided to channel her inner Marilyn Monroe and pose nude for a magazine. To lose the sweet girl image we grew to love in such movies as Freaky Friday and The Parent Trap, Lohan decided to put her ample bust line on display in various magazines. Her action exposes how much emphasis is placed a young woman supposedly embracing her sexuality to show her maturity. Rather than focus on using their acting craft to get ahead, many young actresses use their new womanly figures to take their careers to the next level.

Twenty-something Megan Fox was named FHM`s sexiest woman, beating out well-known actresses in their 30s.  Call it the Lolita Factor. Men have always had an open fascination with young women`s sexuality. Let`s not forget, many female stars lose some of their sex appeal the moment they become mothers.

When did longevity in show business mean taking off your clothes? In the end, is a woman`s sex appeal all she really has?

There once was a balanced idea of womanhood in show business. There were both good girls and bad girls; society loved both.  Sandra Dee, Doris Day and Audrey Hepburn all had successful good girl images. Today, Raven Symone is one of the few who is holding on to her image of the all-American good girl. It works for her and she should be applauded for staying true to beliefs, even while people are dangling easy money and notoriety in front of her.

Too much pressure is being placed on young women to value attractiveness as a form of self worth. These young women have the rest of their adult lives to be sexy, so let us-- as a society-- encourage them to enjoy being a young girl while they still can. You are only young once, ladies.