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10 Year Old Fashion Model


I was on fashionista.com the other day and started reading an article about a new 10 year old model- Thylane Lena-Rose Blondeau. She is from the Ivory Coast and she's actually gorgeous, but she's also 10 years old!!!

I feel kind of icky about this- I'm not sure it's appropriate like at all! I understand child models and some of these pictures are just normal kid stuff. I think maybe its just the way she looks, she has the appearence of being older than she is. What do you think?

Aug 01, 2011 @ 11:34 am

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That first pic is not cool. She looks sexed up, more then I would--on a good day. ick! Last pic, looks like an add for GAP or something safer. That first ad would turn me away from a product. hmmmm
Aug 01, 2011 @ 11:44 am


The first pic is disturbing! Screams pedo come here. I'm with marygorgeous, it would also turn me away from the product. The second pic looks OK, safer...
Aug 02, 2011 @ 09:31 am


I agree too that the first pic is inappropriately sexed up for someone her age. High heels, satin dress that appears to be suffering a wardrobe malfunction (thank goodness for her necklace medallion), animal-print bedding, and a come-hither look in those baby eyes? No way.

The second picture's not bad, but as a mom, I want these little folks to enjoy their childhood. I'm uneasy about any kid working when they are so young. I know there are plenty of kids on TV and in the movies, but there are so many that crash and burn later on. Most of them would have been better off riding their bikes and going to the waterpark with their friends, no?
Aug 02, 2011 @ 10:13 am
The Fashion P.A.

10 years old is too young!

First picture I find disturbing too. She's too young to be all glammed up petting bunnies... This ad is suppose to sell 30 year old women expensive clothing?? really? You don't see the look from pic #1 on young girls unless they are a dancer, figure skater, etc.
The second photo is gorgeous!!! But why is she in a bedroom?? yuck.
Can entertainment industries stop building Britney Spears-saga type lifestyles...?
Aug 02, 2011 @ 10:23 am

Umm she's only 10?!?

I agree with everyone else, the first picture is kind of weird seeing her all glam up petting rabbits. I wonder who the target audience for that ad will be?

But the second picture, wow she's so pretty with those blue eyes! I see why she's a model but I think it would be better if she was posing for something more appropriate, like maybe petting rabbits at a zoo?
Aug 02, 2011 @ 11:19 am

Is it bad to say I love it?

I think she looks adorable, and I was stuck on that blog for an hour! The first picture I think was the most provocative, but the ones made her look more like her age. I would definitely follow her to see what she does when she's older, but right now, I think she's cute!
Aug 02, 2011 @ 11:21 am


In modeling you have to start young....this girl is ahead of the game. She looks really good though...reminds me of toddlers in tiaras......that show can be very strange sometimes!
Aug 02, 2011 @ 12:25 pm

More photos

Here are two more photos via thegloss.comand I have to say, these are way too over sexulaized. I understand modeling but when it comes down to it, she is a child and this is just plain icky!
I find the picture of her in denim especially unwholesome. I think it is because if she had a more womanly figure- this would be extremely sexual in terms of the clothing and the positioning of her body. This crosses the line.

Aug 03, 2011 @ 06:52 pm

This is crazy.

No wonder we have little girls asking "do I look sexy?" This is the kind of message that the media is sending to them. Modeling at that age is one thing ...if she's modeling for Gap Kids or the Sears Catalogue children's section. But this is ridiculous. What kind of parent allows their child to be portrayed in this kind of light? It makes me angry.
Aug 03, 2011 @ 08:12 pm

too much pressure

It kind of reminds me of a Toddlers and Tiaras type of thing, or at least I'd assume so, I've never actually been able to force myself to watch an entire episode of that.
IMO I think a 10 year old girl should be thinking about what most 10yr old girls think about.. dolls, playing with their friends, boys having cooties (or developing their first crush :-P) not how designer their clothes are, or their weight to keep modeling, etc. Hearing about parents that put that kind of pressure on their children kind of sickens me... its like they're asking for their kids to have self-image issues as they get older.
My old neighbor had a 5 year old daughter, and she dressed her in basically 'mini adult' type of clothes.. she'd have this attitude and say things that reminded me of a teenager almost. She was such a sweet girl, but so often it seemed like her mom was pushing her to grow up too fast. Dead serious - I was watching her one afternoon/evening when her mom was out, and I remember her telling me that she wouldn't eat McDonalds or other fast food places because she didn't want to get fat. It was heartbreaking to see this little girl putting that kind of pressure on herself, and I can't help but imagine that the girl in the pictures must have even more of that same type of pressure on herself.

Kids should be allowed to be kids, not molded into little adults.
Aug 03, 2011 @ 08:35 pm

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