Brooke Shields naked
Brooke Shields posed for him both as a normal young girl and in the nude, her body heavily made-up and oiled, receiving a reward of $ 450 from Playboy Press, Gross's partner in the project. Her mother signed a contract giving Gross full rights to use the images of his daughter. The series was first published in Little Women, and then in sugar and spices in a Playboy Press publication. Large prints were also exhibited Charles Jourdan on 5th Avenue in New York.
In 1981, however, Brooke Shields wanted to prevent further use of these pictures and tried unsuccessfully to buy back the negatives. The legal battle began when between Shields and Gross with Gross in court for a million dollars. Brooke Shields claimed that her mother agreed to give up their rights to only one publication, and that the photographs caused her embarrassment. In addition, they have been published, and are likely to be published in Revue again doubtful morality. Her lawyers immediately obtained a provisional measure prohibiting the use of the pictures until the end of the trial. The event was won by Gross with the court considering the contract signed by the mother of Brooke Shields' to be valid and binding on her daughter. Brooke Shields appealed and once again obtained a temporary ban on the use of photographs.
Finally, after the procedure lasts for two years, the appeals court confirmed that Brooke could not invoke its right to terminate the contract and that it was legally bound by the signature of her mother. The Court reaffirmed the right to freely exploit Gross use other than in the context of pornographic images. After the failure of its arguments concerning the validity of the contract, lawyers Brooke has decided on a new strategy, attacking Gross for violating the privacy of Brooke Shields. The actress claims that the publication of images caused her distress and embarrassment. Brooke Shields' acting career, however, has weakened the credibility of this argument, since it obviously was built projecting sexually explicit image of himself. In any case, the Court considers that "these photos are not obscene, pornographic or provocative, they do not mean sexual promiscuity. These pictures prepubescent girl posing innocently in her bath." The court dismissed the claims of all Brooke Shields' and ruled in favor of Gross. The court, however, destroyed it financially, and he tarnished his reputation. In addition, a change of attitude to the "politically correct" had sullied photos.
History, however, was an unexpected development. In 1992, contemporary artist named Richard Prince approached Gross to purchase the rights to use and reproduce the image of Brooke Shields. In his artistic work, the prince learns patterns from retake them, recontextualizing them and give them a name. Picture of Brooke Shields, for example, is entitled Spiritual America. Gross was ready retrocede their rights to Duke for a series of ten prints. Prince became a star of the contemporary art scene, and the painting was sold at Christies in 1999 for $ 151,000.