In 2011, young Thylane Blondeau rose to fame as a young French model and was even coined the most beautiful girl in the world.
At just 4 years old this French beauty was walking the runway for notable fashion French fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier.
When the young model landed a spread in a Vogue Paris photo shoot at just ten years old, she soon became the subject of major controversy in the child modeling world. Her agent and parents received a lot of criticism for over-sexualizing the young girl.
Thylane Blondeau is now 16 years old and continues to model and act. Here’s what she looks like today.
Thylane was born on April 5, 2001 to soccer player Patrick Blondeau and actress/television presenter Veronika Loubry
In 2011, Thylane’s infamous spread with Vogue sparked outrage and anger around the world.
The 15-page spread in Vogue featured the young model dressed up, in full makeup, high heels, and provocative clothing.
“They have descended into the gutter by doing this. The sexualisation of children is one of the most pernicious ills of our eras. They should not have done this,” said labor MP Helen Goodman.
“This picture is the antithesis of what childhood in our society should be; a child being exposed to a world she is not yet equipped to deal with solely to serve the needs of the adults around her,” psychologist Emma Grey said about the spread.
The public outrage from parenting groups forced Thylane’s mother to take drastic action on her daughter’s Facebook fan page.
“Hey guys, I’m the mum of Thylane, something’s going wrong at the moment with Thylane and bad [people] in the U.S.A. about pictures she made eight months ago for Vogue,” The Facebook post read.
“Thylane doesn’t know about the buzz and I want to protect [her] from my deepest heart. She’s so young,” she continued.
“So we are going to close this [account] for a while. I know that all of you are good [people] who like her so I send you a big kiss, thanks,” she finished. Fans on the page showed their support by telling her that she looked stunning in the photos and to ignore the negative comments.
Years later, Thylane continues to model and regularly attends fashion shows, whether she is on the runway or sitting in as a spectator.
She is currently signed by IMG, the same modeling agency that signed Gigi Hadid and Kaia Gerber.
Thylane has also dabbled in acting. In 2015, she starred in a French film called Belle & Sébastien: The Adventure Continues.
Thylane has a massive following on Instagram, with over 1.2 million followers and counting.
The controversy surrounding her infamous Vogue photoshop when she was just ten years old has subsided.
When people ask Thylane what it was like to be such a successful model at such a young age, she responded simply.
“Well, Kate Moss started modeling at the age of fifteen, and that was a little while ago,” she said. “So, no. I’m not too young. If you have a good agency and people who take care of you… it’s perfect.”