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Large prints were also exhibited by Charles Jourdan on 5th Avenue in New York.In 1981, however, Brooke Shields wanted to prevent further use of these pictures and tried unsuccessfully to buy back the negatives.
At the time, Gross was working on a project for publication entitled , in which he wanted to reveal the femininity of prepubescent girls by comparing them to adult women.
Brooke Shields posed for him both as a normal young girl and in the nude, her body heavily made up and oiled, receiving a fee of $450 from Playboy Press, Gross’s partner in the project.
Her mother signed a contract giving Gross full rights to exploit the images of her daughter.
The series was first published in Little Women, and then in Sugar and Spice, a Playboy Press publication.
In addition, they had been published, and would probably be published again, in revues of dubious morality.
Her lawyers immediately obtained a provisional measure forbidding the use of the pictures until the end of the trial.
The case was won by Gross with the court considering the contract signed by Brooke Shields’ mother to be valid and binding on her daughter.
In July 1978, at the age of thirteen, Brooke Shields made front page news in Photo Magazine.
The young American film prodigy was promoting the film Pretty Baby directed by Louis Malle.
In the magazine, a ten-year old Brooke is shown wearing makeup, her glistening body posed naked in a bathtub.
The picture comes from a series taken by Garry Gross, an advertising photographer from New York who was regularly employed by Brooke’s mother to photograph her daughter, then a model with the Ford agency.