Fears that teen girls pressured to look like porn stars
* Carly Hennessy, Sam Healy and Daryl Passmore
* From: The Sunday Mail (Qld)
* September 19, 2010 12:00AM
GIRLS as young as 14 are getting Brazilian waxes, a trend experts have labelled ''pornification'' of teenagers.
Intimate beauty treatments are becoming popular with girls as boyfriends demand they look like porn stars, the experts say.
Leading child protection advocate Hetty Johnston said the trend was ''scary'' and called for legislation to stop it.
While you must be 18 to get a tattoo in Queensland, as well as some types of intimate body piercings, there is no age limit on waxing, although many salons require parental permission for under-16s.
With the formal season about to start and Schoolies just around the corner, beauticians are seeing an increase in girls grooming for the big events.
Author Melinda Tankard-Reist said the ''pornification'' of youth culture was having a diabolical effect on young girls' body image.
''Their boyfriends are putting pressure on them to have the pre-pubescent porn star look,'' Ms Tankard-Reist said.
''They've come to despise their natural bodies,'' she said.
Ms Johnston said it was impossible to not make the connection between young girls getting Brazilians and the increased sexualisation of children.
''Everything they are watching, seeing, doing is about sex. They're growing up in an R-rated society,'' she said.