Is a 10 year old too young to appear in racy fashion photos? The mother of one young model says “nope” (or “non,” as they say much more eloquently in France).
Veronika Loubry is Thylane Lena-Rose Blondeau’s mom. Thylane is the little French girl who caused a stir after appearing topless and in various seductive poses on the pages of French Vogue, among other fashion tomes.
However, her mother thinks it’s much ado about nothing. “The only thing that shocks me about the photo is the necklace she’s wearing, which is worth about $3 million Euros,” she told a French newspaper of a particular photo in which her 10-year-old daughter appears topless.
According to ABC News, Veronika, a fashion designer, allegedly wrote on her daughter’s Facebook fan page that she blamed a “bad person in usa [sic]” for drawing attention to her daughter. She was responding to the controversy that has ensued regarding her daughter’s photos.
Also on her wall, her mom reportedly said, “… 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 [sic].”
The Facebook page has since been closed. However, no word on if Veronika is also no longer allowing her daughter to model.
The reaction to the photos has varied in the United States, with many saying they find them repulsive and exploitative, while others argue they’re simply sweet shots of a pretty girl.
I made no secret of the fact that I thought the photos of young Thylane were disturbing on many levels, not the least of which because the poor girl is likely not mature enough to know how she’s being portrayed, and to whom the photographers and magazines are trying to appeal and in what way.
But to have her mom say she’s trying to protect her from the buzz, and that’s all? It seems the best way to protect her would be to ensure she doesn’t pose so provocatively. If you’re going to serve up your pre-teen daughter, then it seems to me that you need to accept there will be criticism.
And if you can’t stand the heat, Veronika, and think that your daughter can’t, either, maybe the answer is to get her out of the modeling industry until she’s old enough to pose in a sexual fashion without people chatting about how she’s too young. Just a suggestion.
Do you think Veronika is doing enough to protect Thylane by simply taking down her Facebook fan page?
One mom wonders: if I let my 5-year-old wear makeup, what will it lead to?