Alexandra Shulman, the editor of Vogue, took a principled stand against running pictures of Romeo Beckham in her magazine because, at 10 years of age, she felt that the boy might not be able to cope with the pressures of modelling.
For all the importance that she attaches to her “health-initative criteria” of only permitting models aged 16 and over to grace the magazine’s pages, it is, one month on, carrying the controversial Burberry advertisement featuring David Beckham’s son beside Edie Campell and Charlie France across two pages.
A spokesman for the magazine insists that Shulman was referring only to editorial use of images of Romeo, rather than advertising, over which she has no control. When I ask if Shulman is happy that her magazine is accepting money to run the advertisement, her spokesman says she isn’t “able” to say any more.
Edie Campbell hinted at double standards at the time Shulman made the comments about Romeo. The model had wondered why Shulman had felt comfortable publishing an interview, with photographs, of Chloë Moretz, the 15-year-old American actress. Shulman responded that the interview with Moretz appeared before Vogue introduced its ban on under–16s.
“But child actors are probably in a different category,” she had added, somewhat confusingly. The website Parents Outloud has taken the Beckhams to task for allowing their son to be placed in the limelight.
By Tim Walker, Telegraph.co.uk