Prime Minister John Key is backing his daughter over her
latest series of artworks, which has attracted controversy
because of its reference to native North American customs.
Stephanie Key posted the pictures online as she prepared to
submit her portfolio at the Paris College of Art - an
American private university with four campuses in Paris.
One of the pop-art style self-portraits, showing Key wearing
an elaborate pink, feathered, war headdress, lacy pink
knickers and a pink modesty star over her nipple, has been
criticised for being culturally inappropriate.
In another shot, similar to the work of artist Pierre et
Gilles, she is dressed in red PVC nurse's uniform as she
dances alongside tampons superimposed over women's bodies.
Mr Key was questioned over his daughter's controversial art
while speaking to media after his address at the National
Party conference in Queenstown today.
He said he and his wife Bronagh were "proud of her".
"You've got to remember these pictures were taken off
Facebook and [that's] probably something that wouldn't happen
to any other art student studying in Paris.
"She's going to make her way in the world ... I hope she does
well and I'm incredibly proud of her.
"She's going to have her own view of what art is.
"I hope she's happy and she's healthy and she pursues her
Last year another series of Stephanie Key's self-portraits
gained international attention after being highlighted in the
Herald on Sunday.
In the photos she posed near-nude with strategically placed
pieces of sushi covering her breasts and an octopus over her
At the time, her father brushed off any criticism and said he
was "really proud" of her.
Last week, promoters of the annual Rhythm and Vines music
festival pulled advertising that included two young girls
partying in native American headdress. The promoters also
issued a public apology.
Mr Key later said in a statement that his daughter would have
her own view of what art was, and obviously others would
admire or reject it.
"That is the nature of the art world."
- Kirsty Wynn of the Herald on Sunday and the Otago Daily