Thylane Loubry Blondeau: The 10 Year Old Model
We posted in our site forum a few days ago about Thylane Loubry Blondeau. If you haven’t heard about this newcomer to the modeling and fashion world yet or the controversy surrounding her career, then you brace yourself- this one is a doozie.
Thylane Blondeau is an Ivory Coast native, ten years old and modeling already in editorials. This isn’t any run of the mill child modeling or acting type of gig either. She has already been in photoshoots for Diesel, walked in a show for Jean Paul Gautier (at the age of four) and has been featured in Vogue. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves though- because, even writing this now, I’m creeping myself out a bit. I think you can see the issues plainly through these photos.
The implied sexuality and taking this child out of her element and into a very adult world has gotten a lot of criticism. On the other hand, some of the images of Thylane seem perfectly innocent- normal, child modeling photo shoots.
Thylane Loubry Blondeau’s mother recently spoke out about the issues surrounding her daughter. She posted the following on her child’s Facebook page:
“hey guys im the mum of thylane something going ‘s wrong at the moment with thylane and bad personn in usa about pictures she make's 8 months ago for vogue ,,thylane doesn't know about the buzz and i want to protect her from the deapest of my heart ,,, she's so young ,, so we are going to close this accompte for a while ,,i know all of you are good person who like her so i send you a big kiss,,thanks” (via jezebel.com)
Many of our readers have compared this story to that of the show Toddlers in Tiaras. As for how Thylane’s parents feel and whether or not modeling was forced onto her is something I can’t comment on but I can say that the modeling industry is very tough and can be superficial. I just hope that everything works out for Thylane and she gets the childhood she deserves.
Let us know what your thoughts are on Thylane, her career and about being a child model!
UPDATE! A quote from Thylane's mother on Thylane's work and her having a normal childhood:
"In these pictures," she says, "my daughter is not nude, so let's not exaggerate here! People who aren't seeing these pictures in good faith, too bad for them! I'm really above all that."
"We have...turned down ten film projects, a Ralph Lauren campaign...I turn down at least three-quarters of the things we're offered. For the moment, she's leading a normal life." (via jezebel.com)
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I think it's easy to pick apart and judge. The main concern should be around Thylane's safety, on and off set.
She's obviously going to be phenomenal when she gets older, so why do they have to start now?
what a beauty, but this is totally wrong in my opinion. Think of what is in store for her in upcoming years and the mindset she will have.....
She is an absolutely gorgeous girl!!
That girl was definitely born to model - no question. But I think some of the images are too much. They should be using her for only stuff relating to kids. The gold and leopard spread is too much!
I think the second picture from the top... not the banner, but the first section where there are two photos.. the first picture in that group is a little too much for a ten year old girl. You can see her chest! There is no need for a child of that age to be modeling something that skimpy. Any of the other pictures, my god is she ever a gorgeous model. Modeling doesn't always have to be revealing. All her other pictures but that one are just amazing.
She's beautiful and it's clear that she has a face for modeling. It's just hard starting so young because I find that they are more susceptible to things like eating disorder. Even if she's the one who wants to do modeling, she's not matured enough to think things through. That's why parents are needed to make the right decision for her and her future. I think her parents doesn't want their little girl to get hurt, but at the same time, it's hard for them to pass up this opportunity. I think that as long as she stays grounded, and have strict parents that can guide her away from all the bad influences along the way, she can be extremely successful later on like how she is now.
She is a very beautiful little girl, but its hard to say when I don't
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