10-Year-Old Vogue Model Stirs Controversy

A French Vogue photo shoot featuring a 10-year-old is raising the question: how young is too young to model?

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    A French Vogue photo shoot featuring a 10-year-old is raising the question: How young is too young to model? (Published Friday, Aug 5, 2011)

    It's been said that age is just a number. But, when it comes to modeling, it seems the younger, the better.

    When you flip through the pages of any fashion magazine, you'll see 14- and 15-year-old models striking a pose.

    But the question is, how young is too young?

    In the modeling world, Thylane Lena-Rose Blondeau is being called the next big thing. But little Thylane is only 10 years old.

    The French Vogue magazine featured the very young model posing seductively.

    While little girls like to play dress up, these photos show the 10-year-old provocatively staring at the camera, with her hip out and lips puckered.

    This has the Internet buzzing and critics such as child therapist Dr. Jenn Berman say this kind of thing isn't sexy -- it's disturbing.

    "Inappropriate. Wildly appropriate. Child pornography. (It's) just way out there, "said Berman.

    Parents seem to agree. They say the outfit, the makeup, the photos are too much.

    Some supporters say it's no big deal in Europe and that's why it's in a French Vogue magazine.

    In Hollywood, this sort of thing is not new. There were young models like Brooke Shields in the '80s and recent stars like 14-year-old Haylee Steinfeld and 13-year-old Elle Fanning.

    "This is really an entrée to pornography," said Berman.