Here's What 'The Most Beautiful Girl In The World' Looks Like Now
When Thylane Blondeau was 10 years old, she was featured in an editorial for Vogue and was dubbed the most beautiful girl in the world. She had been modeling since she was four and was already used to living in the spotlight because of her parents: French footballer Patrick Blondeau and actress Véronika Loubry. And even though she wasn't new to the modeling scene, it was her appearance in Vogue that caused a huge uproar among various child advocacy groups and concerned members of the public.
The shoot raised concerns about the use of children as models and how it could potentially have a negative impact on them in the future.
Vogue was criticized for sexualizing Blondeau.
According to psychologist Emma Grey, "[The] picture [was] the antithesis of what childhood in our society should be; a child being exposed to a world she [was] not yet equipped to deal with solely to serve the needs of the adults around her."
Blondeau's mother even admitted that the shoot shocked her, but not for the reason you would expect.
"The only thing that shocked me [was] that the necklace she wore was worth €3 million!"
Loubry also claims she has turned down the majority of the work her daughter has been offered and says she has led a "normal life."
So even though the Vogue editorial caused more controversy than anyone who worked on it had expected, Blondeau continued to model, and still does today.
She has actually become extremely popular on Instagram, too!
In an interview with Teen Vogue back in 2015, Blondeau said her favorite things about modeling are the clothes and being able to meet new photographers and makeup artists.
She has also dabbled in film and dreams of becoming an actress like her mother.
Her first starring role was in the 2015 French film Belle & Sébastien: The Adventure Continues.
And when asked about modeling at such a young age, Blondeau responded, "If you have a good agency and people who take care of you...it's perfect."
Blondeau will turn 16 this year, and while she does spend some of her time doing things other people her age can only dream about, like attending Paris Fashion Week back in October of last year, she still has the same priorities: resting and finishing school.
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