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Brooke Shields has broken down as she reflects on why her mum let her take part in intimate scenes when she was only 11 years old.
The 57-year-old actress has been in the limelight almost since birth, as she featured in an Ivory Soap advert at 11 months old.
She then went on to become a child model before transitioning over to a career in the movies.
However, Shields has now looked back at one of her earliest roles.
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At 11 years old, Shields starred in the film Pretty Baby.
The 1978 movie follows Violet (played by Shields), a 12-year-old girl who is brought up in a brothel.
Despite receiving positive reviews, the film was also very controversial due to its s**ualisation of the child star.
In particular, there are scenes where Shields is nude and she kisses 29-year-old actor Keith Carradine.
Talking to The Sunday Times about her upcoming two-part documentary, Brooke Shields: Pretty Baby, the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, the actress addresses her relationship with her mother – actress and model Teri Shields – who was OK with her filming nude scenes.
Shields reflects: “That was hard for me, to not justify my mom to them, but when they asked, I thought, ‘Oh God, I have to admit this’. But I don’t know why she thought it was all right.
“I mean, I could say, ‘Oh, it was the time back then’, or ‘Oh, it was art’.
“But I don’t know why she thought it was all right. I don’t know.”
While Shields will not let her children watch the movie, the actress’s mother watched her shoot the nude scenes.
Shields has long deflected the blame that was aimed at her mum, who allowed Shields to pose nude for a Playboy publication at the age of 10.
It was only after her mother died in 2012 that Shields felt comfortable speaking out about how uncomfortable she was.
“I don’t know why she thought it was all right. I don’t know,” the Pretty Baby actress admits.
This would not be the first or last time Shields would s**ualised as a child star.
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Shortly after Pretty Baby, Shields starred in the films Blue Lagoon and Endless Love – which both featured nude and intimate scenes.
She also graced the cover of Vogue at only 14 – making her the youngest cover model.
Then at 15, she modelled for Calvin Klein Jeans in a controversial ad due to its suggestive tagline: “You want to know what comes between me and my Calvin’s? Nothing.”
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