Monday, August 8, 2011
Vogue Model Aged 10
Top fashion magazine French Vogue has caused outrage by printing provocative pictures of a Ten-year-old model.
The shots show Thylane Lena-Rose Blondeau posing on leopard print cushions, sporting a full face of make-up and wearing skimpy, cut-away clothes.
In other images the pre-teen pouts while applying lipstick and dons a metallic dress with the front cut to the waist.
The pictures have reignited the debate about the sexualisation of young girls.
The daughter of French international footballer Patrick Blondeau and TV presenter Veronika Loubry, Thylane has been modelling since she was five and is hotly tipped to be fashion's next big thing.
Comparisons between her and Brigitte Bardot, who appeared in Elle aged 15, are already being made.
But in reality Thylane is just the latest in a long line of young stars groomed for modelling.
Hollywood actress Elle Fanning, 13, is the face of Marc by Marc Jacobs and new adverts from designer label Miu Miu feature 14-year-old film star Hailee Steinfeld.
The controversial issue of Vogue, co-edited by designer Tom Ford, has sparked disgust online.
Last month, PM David Cameron called for more stringent rules on the depiction of children and the creation of a website where parents can complain about inappropriate material.