Nine-year-old Kristina Pimenova is something of an Internet sensation right now. Over the last few weeks, dozens of media outlets have run stories on the young model, in which they deem her the most beautiful girl in the world.
But, as is usually the case, Kristina’s rise to stardom is accompanied by a bit of controversy. Recently, scores of people have come forward accusing Kristina’s parents and photographers of sexualizing the girl at too young an age. Many of Kristina’s pictures, her critics say, feature her in high-cut shorts or revealing tops. Today, Kristina’s mother spoke out and blasted those who see anything sexual in her daughter’s photos.
“I do not accept those accusations about the sexualization of my child,” mother Glikeriya Pimenova told MailOnline. “I am certain in my mind all her photographs are absolutely innocent …You must think like a pedophile in order to see something sexual in these pictures, so it is time for you to see a doctor.”
To back up her claims, Pimenova pointed to a picture she took of her daughter a few years back in which Kristina was hugging some of her toys.
“Some years ago I posted a picture of little Kristina on the beach in the Maldives hugging her three soft toys and laughing,” she said. “She was holding all her toys in front of her chest and hugging them, and you know what comments I got to this picture? ‘Oh, she is covering her breasts because she thinks she has something to hide!’ Can you believe it? I think people who post something like this have serious psychological problems.”
She says there are countless other examples where people look at innocent photos of Kristina and project sexualized messages onto them.
“Or there was a picture of her by the river, where she is holding a bottle of water in her hands. I took it secretly; she did not even see – and again there were accusations of a ‘sexual pose’ and the wrong sort of clothes,” Pimenova claims. “About the picture of my child on the bed in winter socks and a sweater, playing on her telephone, what is the problem about it? I think any criticism about it is the fruit of a sick imagination.”
Here, courtesy of East2West, are a few of Kristina’s allegedly controversial photos. Check them out and see if you think anything is wrong with them: