….she was still an orphan. 15,942 billion is the number of images Tineye claims to have searched in its diligent quest for a source, or even one measly repost of this potential soccer-playing queen (why Tineye? I admit it, I was desperate). The pose, plain back-drop and even the bare feet lead one to suspect it had a fashion origin: an interesting point since girl fashion models are photographed in bare feet in a proportion far exceeding the norm: now there’s a dissertation subject.
Going barefoot in childhood has its champions:
“There’s a growing belief among experts that when it comes to children’s footwear, the best shoe may be no shoe at all.
Tracy Byrne, a podiatrist specialising in podopaediatrics, believes that wearing shoes at too young an age can hamper a child’s walking and cerebral development. “Toddlers keep their heads up more when they are walking barefoot,” she says. “The feedback they get from the ground means there is less need to look down, which is what puts them off balance and causes them to fall down.” Walking barefoot, she continues, develops the muscles and ligaments of the foot, increases the strength of the foot’s arch, improves proprioception (our awareness of where we are in relation to the space around us) and contributes to good posture…..
…….The human foot at birth is not a miniature version of an adult foot. In fact, it contains no bones at all and consists of a mass of cartilage, which, over a period of years, ossifies to become the 28 bones that exist in the adult human foot. This process is not complete until the late teens, so it is crucial that footwear – when worn – is well chosen.” (theguardian.com)
As I indicated, although this model hasn’t got particularly delicate legs or feet, they’re attractive in their own way – speaking as someone who appreciates a well-turned ankle – and look like she’d be good at sports. A model who seems to be almost always photographed with bare feet is twelve-year old Russian Diana Pentovich:
….I imagine when she changes before a session she’d be surprised to see a pair of shoes ready and waiting….