Confessions of a fashionista: Why I'd never let my daughter be a model
Advertising campaigns over the last few seasons have been showcasing a new trend.
It's nothing to do with the clothes and everything to do with who's wearing them: very young girls.
Fashion's obsession with youth is not new, the industry is littered with models in their teens hoping to be the next big thing.
Child models: Hailee Steinfeld (left) was 14 when she
appeared in a Miu Miu campaign while Elle Fanning (right) was 13 when she
modelled for Marc Jacobs
But they seem to be getting younger. Hailee Steinfeld was 14 when she appeared in the Miu Miu A/W 2011 campaign, Elle Fanning was 13 when she modelled for Marc Jacobs' couture in A/W 2011 and Ondria Hardin was 13 when she posed for a Prada promotional video.
It's depressing to think pre-pubescent girls are being used to sell clothes to grown women. How are we supposed to measure up to an underage Lolita
I know I'll never look like Kate Moss, but at least she's closer to my age than someone who's still in school. And that's all before you consider the moral issue of children working in the industry.
Cindy Crawford also put a stop to her ten-year-old daughter, Kaia's modelling career because she was too young
Fashion is a fun and frivolous sector to be part of, but even as an adult I'm often shocked by the crazy things that go on. What affect would exposure to the darker elements of fashion have on an impressionable child
I can't tell you if modelling at a formative age will cause any long-term psychological damage, or whether it increases the chance of issues such as substance abuse, but I can tell you a story.
The story of two 15-year-old models who were hired by a top American magazine for a photoshoot.
The models were flown to a foreign country with no parental guardian. They were given a room to share in a five star hotel for the duration of the shoot.
The well-intentioned fashion editor sent them to bed at 10pm, while the rest of the team carried on drinking in the bar.
The make up artist – who had the room next door to the models – checked on them at 11pm. The girls were no longer in their beds. The make up artist tried calling their phones but there was no answer.
Not wanting to get them into trouble, she looked for them herself. She walked through the garden to where they had been shooting earlier that day. She found them there, both engaged in a sexual act with the local Photographer's Assistant.
I don't care how much money she might make, I'd never allow a daughter of mine to be a model.