Whether or not child modeling should be encouraged, has always been a hot topic for discussion. It has garnered a lot of controversy in the public eye, be it support or criticism, it is mostly the latter, though.
Thylane Blondeau, a 16-year-old French model who was dubbed as 'The Most Beautiful Girl In The World' in 2011, was not spared when it came to such controversies. There were people commenting on how she was exploited and how the modeling world should not be a place for young girls. After six years, at the age of 16, this is how Blondeau is handling things like a boss.
In 2005, Blondeau walked down the runway for Jean-Paul Gaultier. With that pretty face and blue eyes, it was not difficult to see why she became an instant favorite.
This particular shoot for Vogue received a lot of objection as people stated that the young girl looked way too sexualized. It was evident that even young models are expected to prioritize their physical appearance over everything.
Some psychologist made comments like,"This picture is the antithesis of what childhood in our society should be; a child being exposed to the world she is not yet equipped to deal with solely to serve the needs of the adults around her."
A spokesperson for the Christian charity said, "We have grave concerns about the modeling agency who represent Blondeau, which clearly does not know if it represents a child or an adult."
Her mother says, "I turn down at least three-quarters of the things we're offered. For the moment, she's leading a normal life. I admit I myself was shocked during the photo shoot. But let me be precise: the only thing that shocked me is that the necklace she wore was worth €3 million!"
Blondeau said, "My favorite part of the job is meeting new photographers and makeup artists. I love to try on the clothes, too!"
When asked if she thinks her career started very soon, she said, "Well, Kate Moss started modeling at the age of fifteen, and that was a little while ago," she said. "So, no. I'm not too young. If you have a good agency and people, who take care of you… it's perfect."
This young girl is definitely not just a pretty face, she has her head straight and clear, a perfect example of a strong and independent young girl.