More on young models
Makeup maestro Dick Page says:
“It’s difficult for me to think about a cosmetics idea on someone who is basically a child. I’m not crazy about anonymity in fashion or beauty or the fact that we work with very, very young models because they’re supposed to have the ideal body. They’re like ciphers. Bless them, but I don’t really understand it as an aesthetic.”
Not many people have spoken out about the issue so kudos to Page. And kudos to Inez & Vinoodh too, they are known to be against photographing models under 18 years old, their latest muse Eniko is 22.
Monika Jagaciak had a great season on the New York and Milan runways, but the 15 year old couldn’t avoid tripping on the runways in the beginning (at Herve Leger, and photogs took way too many unsightly photos of that incident) and wearing a sheer top (at Ferreti, her first look), but she must be a pro right now after that much talked about beach shoot when she was 14.
When you look at her runway pictures, amazing face, yes, but the body tells everything that she is just a child and not grown up yet. The posture ain’t right either, it’s creepy to see yet so many people went head over heels over this new face.
I don’t know who started this ‘trend’ of using young models, but I do know that most of them get discovered at 13,14 and some agencies tend to let them work for teen magazines and build up their portfolios first. That’s fine if they protect these young models, especially on policies like no nudity. I can’t imagine a teenage girl working in such cut throat industry where bad influences are everywhere.
On another note, IMG, Monika’s agency, just scooped up a 13 year old Dutch model Evelien. Wait and see if history repeats…