You’d think that being a child model would be an amazing experience, but the sad truth about being a child model is that there are many difficulties and issues to contend with. From working long hours, missing school and pay disputes to having to grow up too fast, dealing with model controversies and having problems later in life, being a teen model is not an easy path.
Models who are dubbed “the most beautiful girl in the world” like Thylane Blondeau and Kristina Pimenova know all too well what it’s like to be on the receiving end of criticism over the child modeling industry. Cindy Crawford’s daughter Kaia Gerber also had her share of controversy when she modeled at the age of 10. But there are people out there helping: Sara Ziff founded Model Alliance and worked to make legislative changes to support young models, and Meredith Wright went undercover to expose the reality of teen models working overseas in her “Agency” documentary.
Child models and teen models like Laneya Grace have experience of going through regular childhood rites of passage, and what that means for your career – you won’t believe what standard childhood experience meant she didn’t work as a model for a while! There are unrealistic restrictions about child models’ bodies not changing too. Behati Prinsloo has spoken out about the difficulties under-age models face, and Jennifer Sky has revealed her PTSD diagnosis following the traumas she experienced as a teen model.
Watch our video to discover the sad truth about being a child model, and tell us in comments your thoughts about how young is too young to start modeling.