How young is too young to be a model?
The “right” age is still up for debate, but if you ask some parents like soccer star Patrick Blondeau and actress Véronika Loubry they’ll say that there is no such thing as too young to model.
The French couple’s daughter, Thylane Blondeau, inherited ridiculously good looks and started making her mark in the fashion industry in 2005 at the tender age of 4. That same year, she walked the runway at a Jean Paul Gaultier show.
Shortly after her runway debut, the photogenic little girl started popping up in French magazines and fashion campaigns. Since some countries do not allow models under 16 to walk in runway shows, it took Thylane some time to gain international fame.
In 2011, a then 10-year-old Thylane started to attract worldwide attention, and was dubbed “the most beautiful girl in the world.”
Vogue Paris took notice of the blue-eyed beauty and featured her in a multi-page spread. The photos stirred controversy after people pointed out that the underage model was too young to be wearing makeup, high heels and adult clothing.
“This picture is the antithesis of what childhood in our society should be; a child being exposed to a world she is not yet equipped to deal with solely to serve the needs of the adults around her,” said psychologist Emma Grey.
Thylane became the subject of a media storm, which only fueled her career more.
“I understand that this could seem shocking. I admit I myself was shocked during the photo shoot,” said her mom. “But let me be precise: the only thing that shocked me is that the necklace she wore was worth €3 million!”
“I turn down at least three-quarters of the things we’re offered. For the moment, she’s leading a normal life,” she added.
The aspiring supermodel continued to have her parents’ support and kept following her dream of becoming the next Kate Moss.