Stars campaign to keep kid shots out of media
Weekly magazines Life & Style, OK! and In Touch, and websites such as TMZ, haven’t signed on to Bell’s policy and continue to publish paparazzi pictures of kids. TMZ and OK! did not respond to multiple requests for an interview.
Bauer Media Group, which publishes Life & Style and In Touch, did not grant an interview, but said in a statement that its editors follow "rigorous guidelines." The company did not elaborate.
In Touch magazine runs a weekly feature called "oh baby!" filled with images of celebrity kids. A recent issue included various shots of Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom’s 3-year-old son, Flynn.
It is not illegal in California to photograph a minor in public, but such photos can’t be used commercially without a release. And steps are being taken in the California legislature against photographers who harass children of the famous.
Yet the power of celebrity and a mother’s drive could be the most effective force of all.
Says Bell: "I’ll argue until my dying day that my daughter should not be affected by my career choice."