I’ve written in this space before about the model industry being what one insider referred to as “The Wild West”. Models as young as 14 are taken out of their schools, away from their homes, and sent to live in “model apartments” in big cities like New York, often with little or no chaperoning and no policies in place to protect them from predators or others who may take advantage of them.
In an appearance on Anderson Cooper, Canadian model Coco Rocha speaks out against the practice of using underage models and explains how the physical changes of adolescence might add to the trauma some of these girls experience. I think raising the minimum age for models will not only protect the girls but will help with the problem of child models (that’s what they are!) being held up as a beauty ideal for women.
16 is still too young! What say you?