Mother of 10-year-old Vogue model speaks out
If anyone did not catch the visually stunning, tastefully questionable, fashion shoot starring young girls in heavy make-up, high heels and couture gowns, which Tom Ford art directed for Vogue Paris last year (the one insiders suggest sounded the death knell for former editrix Carine Roitfeld's tenure at the fashion bible), the controversy surrounding the young models is still rumbling on.
The mother of 10-year-old French model Thylane Loubry Blondeau, one of the young stars of the shoot, has spoken out about the controversy blaming a "bad personn in usa [sic]" for drawing attention to her daughter.
The fuss surrounding the shoot reignited in the US last week after television show Good Morning America revisited the Vogue Paris shoot during a debate over the sexualisation of young girls, leading the young girl's parents - reporter-turned-fashion designer Véronika Loubry and soccer player Patrick Blondeau - to close down their daughter's official Facebook page yesterday.
Véronika Loubry's parting message for friends and fans points to concern over how her daughter is being portrayed in the media:
"hey guys im the mum of thylane something going 's wrong at the moment with thylane and bad personn in usa about pictures she make's 8 months ago for vogue ,,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 for all of the above, obviously.[sic]"
With models seemingly getting younger and younger - 14-year-old actress Hailee Steinfeld is the current face of Miu Miu, while 13-year-old actress Elle Fanning stars in the Marc by Marc Jacobs campaign - this is one hot topic that shows no signs of dying down any time soon.