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The most beautiful family in the world

As long as the children never grow up.
 
 
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I admit the photographs are beautiful; there's absolutely no clutter or plastic toys anywhere and the sand reflects the range of skin tones of Brad, Angelina, and their two children. But while I'd be more disturbed if People's "World's Most Beautiful Family" reflected a pure aryan family, there's something about the fetishization of children of color, particularly those from poorer parts of the world.

Maybe it's because people in this country tend to think children of color look so cute as kids, but don't do much about the systematic mistreatment they experience as they get older or the huge amount of children (especially older children) already here in the U.S. who are waiting to be adopted..

It doesn't bother Karen Walrond, who like me, also comes from a multicultural family. She sees it as a celebration of families like hers, and part of me agrees.

But another part of me wonders. If babies were last years' pashmina, will babies-of-a-different-color, preferably from a country that's much poorer than ours, be this year's must-have fashion accessory?

Rachel Neumann is Rights & Liberties Editor at AlterNet.