What’s Considered “Too Sexy” For Print?

Courtesy of The Durango Herald

This week in bizarre news: A high school senior from Colorado may take her school to court because they refused to include her senior portrait in the yearbook.

But why is her photo not yearbook-worthy? Apparently Durango High School claims that the photo of Miki Spies is too sexy for a school publication.

The picture that Spies submitted for the book shows her sporting a yellow skirt and a black bandeau/shawl top that exposes her midriff and back (see image at right).

Thus far, there are basically two compelling points that are being made.

Argument One: Durango High School  claims the photo is not fit for print because her attire violates school dress code (which states that shirts must tops “fully cover the chest, back, abdomen and sides of the student”).

Argument Two: Spies counterargument is that until DHS has a legtiamate policy that spells out what students can and cannot wear in yearbook photos, the school cannot tell her not to use the image as her senior picture. She also believes this is a violation of her free speech, because according to Colorado Revised Statutes Section 22-1-120, “students of the public schools shall have the right to exercise freedom of speech and of the press” and that “no expression contained in a student publication, whether or not such publication is school-sponsored, shall be subject to prior restraint.”

Hm. Tricky stuff.

And to add to the rolling media attention, Spies (accompanied by her mother and fellow students) stood outside the high school on Wednesday (Januray 4th) protesting the school’s decision. They held posters that read slogans such as “We will NOT be intimidated by the administration”.

And apparently on Friday (January 7th), there was suppose to be a “final decision” on whether or not the photo was to make the book — but thus far, no verdict has been reached.

So now what?  The Spies’ family is hitting the Big Apple. According to an article from the The Durango Herald, Miki and her mother are to appear on the “Today Show” (either Jan. 9th or 10th) to spill the details on what happens next.

So is all this really necessary for a YEARBOOK PHOTO? — I’ll let you guys share your thoughts in the comment box.

But before I open up the floor, might I add that 1) When I was in high school (which was not THAT long ago), no 18-year-old would be caught dead wearing that in their photo (well…merely because our mothers would not let us wear something that looked like that in a senior picture), and 2) Hate to break it to Miki — but once you get to college, those super awesome senior photos won’t even cross your mind and (SPOLIER ALERT) half the people just end up throwing out their friends’ wallet-sized senior pics after a year or so anyways.

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Madeline Haller

Madeline Haller is an Assistant Editor for MensHealth.com. Haller received her bachelor's degree in journalism from Indiana University, with a second concentration in gender studies. When she's not writing for MSP/MH, you can find her running, enjoying a cup of coffee, or searching for the perfect shade of red lipstick.

  • http://www.hartzdesign.com Michelle Hartz

    Man, I hate to side with “The Administration,” but I have to agree with the school.  As much as I hate dress codes, I think it’s common sense that pictures in the yearbook should adhere to the school dress code.  When it comes to damage control, in most cases, one mom complaining that her daughter’s picture wasn’t accepted isn’t as bad as all the parents that would complain if the picture did make it in.

    I’m not saying she shouldn’t use it to pass out to her friends as part of her senior photos, but putting it in the yearbook is inappropriate.