This morning, photographer Jason Lee Parry went on Good Morning America to explain just how it came to be that images he shot of a model named Hailey Clauson ended up printed and sold, without Clauson's knowledge or authorization, on t-shirts at Urban Outfitters. And to explain why he was taking crotch shots of a girl who'd celebrated her 15th birthday just days before in the first place. "She posed herself," said Parry. "She's a professional model."
Clauson's parents are suing Parry and Urban Outfitters for $28 million over the unauthorized use of the photos, which were taken in March, 2010, for an editorial in Germany's Qvest magazine. Clauson had already been modeling for two years when she took part in the shoot; 13 is in fact a typical age to start modeling.