If you haven’t already heard, over the last week the media has been buzzing about the latest fashion model featured in French Vogue. Her name is Thylane Lena-Rose Blondeau. Every season there is always a new ‘it’ girl in the business that everyone is talking about. This time around the ‘it’ girl is a young pre-pubescent 10 years old. He career started at the early age of four when she strutted in Jean Paul Gaultier’s show. She already boasts an impressive career compared to most working models.
The fashion industry has long been known to have models as young as 13 years old parading down the catwalk in sexy swimwear and lingerie. The public has become so immune to seeing the sexy gazes of teen models in high fashion advertising campaigns that age usually goes unnoticed. What happens when the model is too young? Is there a point when it becomes crossing the line? The imagery in this recent fashion spread of model Thylane in French Vogue is causing much controversy around the world. Many women’s groups and family organizations are outraged at these photographs showing a young girl with the look of such a mature woman. It is seen as too suggestive considering the rate of crime involving sexual images of children.
The heavy makeup, hair done up and fancy clothing is seen in girl’s beauty pageants that have become so well-known through the television show Toddlers and Tiaras. In America very young girls are entered into these beauty pageants and are made up to look older through hair and cosmetics. Is that any different from what was shown in the pages of Vogue?
Thylane’s mother, fashion designer, Veronica Loubry, has come to her daughter’s defense saying she wasn’t shocked by the photos and was only surprised by the expensive jewelry she wore valued at 3 million Euros. Others have come to her defense calling those outraged ‘uptight’.
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