The little girl once labelled the ‘most beautiful girl in the world’ is finally old enough to join the fashion world as a grown-up.
Thylane Blondeau, a French model who stirred controversy after posing in a ‘sexualized’ shoot for Vogue Paris at age 10, is now 16 years old and scoring invitations to New York Fashion Week.
Thylane, who is the daughter of soccer star Patrick Blondeau, first made headlines as a little girl; when she was just four years old, she walked the runway for Jean Paul Gaultier.
Then, when she was six, she covered Vogue Enfants — a supplement that ran in Vogue Paris and featured children’s clothing. That’s when the media began to call her the ‘most beautiful girl in the world’.
In 2011 at age 10, she posed for an issue of Vogue Paris, in a series of images that some critics said sexualized the little girl.