It’s been quite a week for celebrity siblings in the modeling industry: the famous sis of the day isn’t Ali Lohan, by 14-year-old Kylie Jenner, youngest member of the Jenner/Kardashian clan. Kylie made her runway debut yesterday, modeling in the show for Avril Lavigne‘s line, Abbey Dawn (we’re still waiting to see men’s ties make that third comeback).
If 17 is too young for Ali Lohan to pose for photos in her underwear, is 14 too young to walk the runway? It’s something that’s been contended a lot recently: early this year, designer Diane Von Furstenberg came under fire when she accidentally hired a 15-year-old model after strongly advocating that the industry stop using girls under the age of 16.
The situation is clearly different when the model in question is a celebrity and not an anonymous foreigner alone in the big city — no doubt, Kylie was treated differently than most young models. However, hiring a 14-year-old to strut around in high heels and fishnets sets a pretty terrible precedent for the industry.
Knock it off, celebrity teenagers! Just go off and be teenagers for a while.
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