It’s no secret – most models have a very limited time span within which they can have a successful career. The average model gets discovered sometime in their late teenage years, around 16 to 18, has about half a decade of walking the runway and posing for world famous photographers, and then retires sometime in their mid to late twenties. It’s just the nature of the modelling industry. Of course, there are exceptions – certain models reach a level of notoriety that allows them to work well into their thirties, forties, or even fifties. However, not everyone can be a Gisele, Naomi or Heidi, a one name superstar. The reality is that supermodels seem to get younger and younger.
There are efforts to counteract this trend – for example, in October of 2014, the state of New York passed a law that grouped models under the age of 18 in with child performers. Just like child actors, these models had restrictions about how long they could work, how much time they should be spending on their schooling vs. career, etc.
However, it certainly cannot be ignored that many of the biggest supermodels to ever grace the runway got discovered and achieved huge levels of notoriety before even being allowed to legally drink. Having graced hundreds, perhaps even thousands, of covers between them, the models on this list have all definitely earned the ‘super’ status. Some went on to become icons, others retired after about a decade and live happy lives outside of the fashion industry. Here are 10 of the youngest supermodels over the past several years.
10 Gemma Ward
9 Coco Rocha
8 Kate Moss
7 Barbara Palvin
6 Natalia Vodianova
5 Chanel Iman
4 Lindsey Wixson
3 Lily Cole
2 Karlie Kloss
1 Kristina Pimenova
Pimenova is an incredibly controversial figure in the world of modeling, but a list of the youngest supermodels would be incomplete without mentioning the Russian beauty. Pimenova is considered “the most beautiful girl in the world,” according to British newspaper the Daily Mail. She got her start at only 3 years old as a child model, and is becoming internationally recognized at only 9 years old, working with brands such as Roberto Cavalli, Fendi, Armani and more. It probably helps that her mother Glikeriya knows the ins and outs of modelling, being a former model herself. Many have debated whether it’s right for her to be in the modelling world at such a young age, but regardless of whether she continues modelling in her teenage years, she’s definitely one of the youngest supermodels ever.
Sources: wsj.com, teenvogue.com, dailymail.co.uk
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