Published On: Mon, Aug 8th, 2011

Far Too Much, Far Too Young

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Thylane Lena-Rose Blondeau is ten years old. By most legal standards of western society, she is considered a child. However, this pre-teen is the cover model of French Vogue.

Vogue dresses Thylane Lena-Rose Blondeau in a glittery gown, with professional make-up and high heels. The dress is low-cut and would be a challenge for most women to wear. Perhaps the intent is to be provacative and to generate publicity. If indeed that is the case, then the Vogue publication has succeeded. This French Vogue edition is generating controversy. The DailyMail calls it “Far too much, far too young“.

Thylane Lena Rose Blondeau walked the catwalk for Jean Paul Gaultier at the age of four and already boasts an impressive modelling CV, with several magazine shoots to her name.

In Paris, her piercing eyes, waist-length hair and pouting lips have brought comparisons with a youthful Brigitte Bardot, who was herself just 15 when she modelled for Elle magazine. But it is the 15-page spread in a French Vogue issue guest-edited by fashion designer Tom Ford back in January that has emerged at the centre of the current debate on the over-sexualisation of children.

This French Vogue features a truly disturbing photo shoot featuring young girls (around 6 years old) in heavy make-up, high heels and designer clothes. Some pictures actually “sexualize” these girls by placing them in strange settings.


Although I’m a big fan of controversial advertising this is something we should not want, nor tolerate. I’m sure the ‘models’ enjoy it, their parents comply, and there have and will be child models/stars – remember Brooke Shields – but this is indeed “far too much, far too young”.

“Cadeaux” means “gifts” and, in the context of this last pic, the term takes a truly sickening meaning.



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  1. [...] to capitalize on all of the controversy surrounding underage models these days, namely 10-year-old Thylane Blondeau. It’s not like there aren’t a whole lot more pictures with Hailey published while [...]

  2. [...] myself questioned whether the seductive Vogue Paris magazine spread of 10-year-old French model Thylane Loubry Blondeau had crossed the line. Many pointed fingers at Blondeau’s parents and the publication, but [...]

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