Chloe Moretz in the March issue of Marie Claire magazine.

Chloe Moretz in the March issue of Marie Claire magazine.

Chloë Grace Moretz, who turned 16 last month, is one of a long-line of celebrities who seem much older than they really are, thanks to provocative film roles and glossy magazine features. She turns up the heat in this month’s Marie Claire magazine. Did she overdo it?

Over-sexualizing underage girls hot button in Hollywood as well as the fashion industry.

In Europe, models as young as 10-years-old have appeared in adult clothes with heavy makeup in fashion magazines, causing a furor. The fashion industry, meanwhile, has tried to keep models off runways until they are at least 16, although the rules are voluntary.

When to Know Children Are Being Sexualized

There are several components to sexualization, and these set it apart from healthy sexuality, according to the American Psychological Association.

  • A person’s value comes only from his or her sexual appeal or behavior
  • A person is held to a standard that equates physical attractiveness (narrowly defined) with being sexy
  • A person is sexually objectified — that is, made into a thing for others’ sexual use
  • Sexuality is inappropriately imposed upon a person, especially in the case of children.

Source: American Psychological Association

A conservative parents’ group issued a scathing report a few years ago, charging that young females are objectified to an “absurd degree” on primetime television– even more than adults. It also charged that most underage girls on TV are depicted in sexual liaisons.

Moretz, of course, opened eyes when she played a tough-talking, foul-mouthed 11-year-old in the 2010 film “Kick Ass,” where she uttered the word c*nt.

At the time, Moretz said her mother gave her permission to say the c-word in the film, but added that if she talked like that for real, she would be “grounded for life.”

“I don’t see how anyone wouldn’t realize it’s not real. It’s a controversial role, but it’s a role I wanted to do,” she said.

Chloe Moretz: Too Sexy for Her Age?

Move critic Roger Ebert was one of a number of critics who slammed the film. “Shall I have feelings, or should I pretend to be cool? Will I seem hopelessly square if I find ‘Kick-Ass’ morally reprehensible and will I appear to have missed the point?,” he wrote in his review.

Moretz is reprising her role as “Hit Girl” in the sequel “Kick Ass 2.”

“I like doing dark material, which is interesting since I’m such the opposite person. I’m so light and happy. I have a good family and I’m loved,” she told the magazine.

The actress is also starring in a remake of the Stephen King horror classic “Carrie,” about a bullied high school student who finds out she has supernatural powers and exacts bloody revenge on her classmates.

“I’ll watch the Disney Channel. My family makes fun of me for it, but with the characters I do, I always use that as my upper,” she says.

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