Even before I was ever a mom, I was always sensitive to the exploitation of kids in the entertainment industry. (And now that I’m a mom to two daughters I shudder even more at the thought of young kids with big careers based solely on their looks.) I’m not talking about babies in Pampers commercials or little kids in, say, a Lands’ End catalog.
I’m taking about young high fashion models. As someone who has always been highly conscious — and self-conscious — about weight and looks, I can’t imagine that the benefits always outweigh the risks when you put a young girl (or boy) around lots of people whose livelihoods depend on the number on a scale. The scrutiny must be beyond intense, and while the experience is arguably rewarding at times, the downside has the potential to be seriously dark.
Then there’s the risk of exploitation. Like Thylane Loubry Blondeau, a 10-year-old French model who has appeared topless and otherwise provocatively in a number of fashion campaigns. Some call her work art, others call it dangerous.
Cindy Crawford, former supermodel extraordinaire, likely knows the dangers of the fashion industry all too well. And that might be why she has declared that her daughter is “too young to pursue a career” in modeling, according to RadarOnline.com.
Kaia Gerber, 10, who is Crawford’s daughter with husband Randy Gerber, recently starred in the inaugural campaign for Versace’s children’s line, Young Versace.
However, Crawford isn’t ruling out her daughter following in her footsteps eventually.
“If she’s 17 and wants to try it, of course, what can I say?” Crawford said.
The Versace experience for Kaia was a good one, according to Crawford. But she seems to want her daughter to quit while she’s ahead. And if someone who really knows what the modeling industry is all about is pulling her young and impressionable daughter away from it, isn’t it possible she knows something that we don’t?
Do you think it’s telling that a former supermodel has said she won’t let her young daughter model until she’s much older?
Image: Young Versace