Monday, November 24, 2008

Celeb Baby Pics Still Paying Off

What faltering economy? Ashlee Simpson-Wentz and her husband Pete Wentz could be the latest Hollywood celebs to benefit from selling their baby pictures. A celebrity publicist says they could land a sum somewhere in the low seven figures.

"Two million seems like a good, solid figure for Ashlee and Pete," said celebrity publicist Howard Bragman. "It's a two-celeb couple, so that's a boost for them."

While the pictures are gravy for magazines, some ethicists and child psychologists are disturbed by the practice, which treads the nexus of money, parenthood and fame.

"If your own parents are literally selling you out, where can one feel safe?" asked Bruce Weinstein, a syndicated ethics columnist. "What's especially troubling is that the person who's the subject of these photos isn't able to give informed consent. I could imagine that person being really troubled by it."

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