Former child actress poses topless

KATIE CARLIN
Last updated 11:54 28/11/2013
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ALL GROWN UP: Actress Abigail Breslin stars in provocative photos for photographer Tyler Shields.
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LITTLE MISS: Abigail Breslin in Little Miss Sunshine.

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Abigail Breslin has joined the ranks of child stars shunning their former innocent images and proclaiming their womanhood by posing topless for controversial photographer Tyler Shields.

Famous for her childhood roles in Little Miss Sunshine, Signs and My Sister's Keeper, the 17-year-old Oscar-nominated actress has appeared in two provocative images for the famed photographer.

The first of the images feature Breslin topless, with her modesty thinly protected by a white bed sheet, her eyes heavy with black eyeliner, as she seductively sucks a red lollipop that is barely sticking to her nude lips.

The second has the star revealing a bare back in a bubble bath, looking up at the camera with an expression one has when someone familiar interrupts them bathing.

While the star claims that it was all in the name of "fun", why is it that so many childhood stars feel the need to express themselves in this way once they reach their teenage years?

"I don't make these conscious decisions to do it, to like prove to the world that I'm grown up," said Abigail in an interview with E! News about the shoot. "I think people see my work and see what I do and see that I'm grown up. But yeah, I'm almost 18. I do want to try different things, but it's all for fun."

Breslin is currently working with Shields on his debut feature film, Final Girl, a psychological thriller about a teen (Breslin) who is lured into the woods by a group of boys as the target of their final initiation. But in true Hunger Games style, Breslin's character turns the tables on these would-be hunters in a game of cat and mouse that will freak out even the most desensitised horror-watchers.

According to Shields it was the duo's work together on his film that enabled Breslin to feel safe being photographed by him in such a way.

The 31-year-old photographer told E! News that the young actress was the "perfect subject for something like this" and that there is "fun" in "showing someone to the world for the first time".

But why did she need to be shown to the world in this way? Shields would claim it is for art's sake.

"Art is about interpretation so I'm sure there are people who think this is too much, but she's an actress if this was for a movie those people would praise her for being bold,"he said in an interview with FOX411.

While the photos are not as raunchy as some of Shields' past work with Hollywood stars, namely Lindsay Lohan, they are clearly intended to portray the young actress in a seductive light for attention.

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Many claim that child stars often remove their clothes in an attempt to stay relevant, but this wouldn't seem to be necessary for Breslin who has made a fairly smooth transition from child star to adult actress. Her next film, August: Osage County, sees her starring alongside Hollywood greats Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Ewan McGregor and Juliette Lewis, and it will definitely be on our watch list for 2014.

Which brings us back to the question of why so many young Hollywood stars feel compelled to pose for such shoots? And with the rise in popularity of sexting among teenagers, are such examples of blossoming sexuality expressed publicly having a knock-on effect for our kids?

- FFX Aus

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