Kim Kardashian has been tweeting a lot about how her younger half-sisters are starting to work as models. As big sister she’s giving them some publicity, which is nice. However, these girls are only ages 12 and 14. That’s pretty young to be entering the brutal world of the modeling and the fashion industry.
I follow Kim on Twitter and I’ll say that as I’ve seen her tweets about the girls modeling I had the thought that they are just too young. They should be focusing on high school rather than jumping into a career that could be damaging to them.
12 & 14: Too Young to Model?
Kylie Jenner is age 12 and Kendall Jenner is age 14. Are these girls old enough to start a career in modeling? Do they have the knowledge to avoid all the pitfalls that lure models? The world of modeling will place them in close contact with many people who may not have their best interests at heart.
Kendall has already done some bikini modeling. While after all she probably wears a bikini to the beach, is biking modeling okay for a girl of 14? Or is it a bit too racy for her age?
Are girls below age 15 really able to handle the stress of modeling and all the negative feedback they will get on their appearance? No matter how beautiful a model, someone will always have something to say about their appearance and how they just aren’t right for that particular assignment.
Are Young Models at High Risk of Anorexia?
Models aren’t exactly known for a healthy lifestyle. For younger girls, who are still developing into their bodies, could the modeling industry, which requires a very lean look for success, prove detrimental to their health? Anorexia is said to be rife among models. Certainly some models are just naturally thin. There are probably just as many though who eat very little to maintain their modeling form.
My mother worked as a model before she was married. She did runway modeling. We have some pictures of her looking very elegant and high fashion. She was a striking model indeed, with black hair and green eyes.
However, when I once looked at a picture of her dressed in her wedding gown for her first marriage and asked “How did you get so thin?” She replied “Oh, I never ate anything and I smoked all the time.”
There you go, that’s the lifestyle of the model she was. Many models put being thin above concerns about their health. It isn’t easy to maintain the wafer thin look that models need to be competitive in the fashion industry.
My Mom didn’t talk much about her time as a model. She also never recommended that career to me. Instead she was vehement about her opinion that I should go to college and get an education. Of course I was so dorky in high school that believe me, modeling was certainly not a career choice for me, LOL.
Later though I did develop an interest in fashion once I started working in NYC. And then I found out how damaging fashion is to women. There’s so much fretting over what size you are and clothes are so grossly over priced. Women are hood winked by the fashion industry into wanting all the new clothing trends. Many women spend many times more on clothing over a lifetime than they will ever invest to build security.
Is Fashion Friendly to Women?
The fashion industry isn’t all that female friendly. And many a woman has had her life crashed on the shoals of expensive designer fashions. So that brings back the question: how young is too young to model?
I think girls under age 15 should not be modeling. The pressure of that career is too intense. Young girls are not ready to handle the negative influences of the fashion industry.