10-Year-Old Model’s Mother Responds to Controversy Over Sexy Pictures


Remember the 10-year-old model Thylane Loubry Blondeau who caused quite the stir in the media last week with her sexy, grown-up modeling poses ?

Well, her mother has come out in response to the media hype over her daughter’s controversial pictures. On the one hand I think Blondeau’s mother has good intentions. In an effort to keep her daughter in the dark about the negative comments surrounding her modeling, she posted the following on her daughter’s Facebook account before canceling it altogether for the time being:

“hey guys im the mum of thylane something going s wrong at the moment with thylane and bad personn in usa about pictures she make’s 8 months ago for vogue ,,thylane doesn’t know about the buzz and i want to protect her from the deapest of my heart ,,, she’s so young ,, so we are going to close this accompte for a while ,,i know all of you are good person who like her so i send you a big kiss,,thanks”

While I think it’s a good move to keep her daughter out of the media controversy, Blondeau’s mother herself doesn’t understand why there is controversy to begin with.

“These photos date from December,” she says. “It’s pretty surprising to see them resurface seven months later. I understand that this could seem shocking. I admit I myself was shocked during the photo shoot. But let me be precise: the only thing that shocked me is that the necklace she wore was worth 3 million euro.”

Clearly, Blondeau’s mother does not understand why people find the images inappropriate. If the only thing she was concerned about is the price of a necklace we have a problem here. Having a 10-year-old girl made up to look like a sexy adult is wrong and, more importantly, has the potential to cause damage to the girl in the long run.

When you learn from a very young age that sexiness is valued and best, this message is engrained in your brain for the long haul. Girls should learn that their value comes from what’s on the inside rather than high heels, make-up, expensive clothes and the perfect sultry pout.

What do you think? Is the media controversy over Blondeau’s pictures exaggerated? Is she just a young model doing her job or are her poses too sexy for a 10-year-old girl?

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John Weriuk
John Weriuk6 years ago

A magazine here in my city ran an article about 10 years ago on four top local models. Their combines ages? 58. Two were 15 and two 14 years old. What I found most disappointing was that three of them had perfected the haughty, bitchy look common to many overdone adult fashion shoots. I hope these young women go on to a decent and normal life.

Lyndsay G.
Lyndsay G.6 years ago

This reminds me of little Jon Benet Ramsey. I don't think that little girl wanted to "compete" in beauty pagents anymore. Her case will never be solved, it's not a cold case, It's a Frozen case.

And the related story of Crotchless Panties for little girls ? @^&*#$% !!!!

What's next, sex toys in the "gumball" type vending machines?

I think issues such as this, the case of Ashlynn Conner commiting suicide from being bullied, the mother who beat her baby to death because it wouldn't stop crying, etc... ARE MORE IMPORTANT than "Occupy Wall Street"


Judith Howard
Judith Howard6 years ago

And then most wonder why young girls are messed up. Probably didn't enter the mothers head what was really wrong. Shameful. As Rose said in her comments "children should be children" Well said!

Sandy Erickson
Sandy Erickson6 years ago

Does evrrything have to be about SEX?!

Joy Jin
Joy Jin6 years ago

i'm glad my mom doesn't act like her. my mom only cares that i grow up with good values and i'm happy with life.

Shannon R.
Shannon R6 years ago

Why was Vogue using a child anyway? Why not an adult, if the clothes are for adults?

Joshua K.
Joshua K6 years ago

The only thing that shocked her was the Ten Million Dollar price tag for the necklace her daughter was wearing for the photo shoot? I'm not surprised in a mother who seems so willing to pimp out her own daughter.

Amber Lilyfield
Amber Lilyfield6 years ago

It's so disturbing to see little girls dressed up like showgirls, It's like that reality show that comes on WE TV with the beauty pageant girls, but that's not even the worst. And on top of having a child pose in such suggestive ways with suggestive clothing--not to mention the materialism engrained at such a young age--she has a Facebook account, a 10 year old girl! I find that ridiculous and irresponsible.

Jodie Bradley
Jodie Bradley6 years ago

Mark Alan D. There is a pretty huge difference between grown women making the decision to go topless on a beach in the Riveria and the sexualisation of children. Yes, Europeans have a much more open attitude towards sex, that's fine. When you're an adult you can make those decisions. That's the point here, not people's attitudes towards sex. There are differences between adults and children. It's got nothing to do with where this child lives, just the fact that she is in fact, just a child.

Mark Alan Dellavecchia

I find it most interesting that the French mother pretty well nails it: the problem is in the way the photos are being interpreted by people in the USA. The clothing itself is harmless and no different than what one would find in the Sears or J.C. Penney catalogs.

There have been several commentators who have stated France has the same attitudes toward sex and nudity as the we have here in the USA. I clearly remember a few things from my visit to France back in the Summer of 1979 when I was an impressionable 15 year old. The Gauloise Cigarette ads before the 'G' rated movies in which an artist at a cafe sketches a giant "Penis" on his pad, which he then transformed into a chef holding a giant "Fish." Full-sized billboard for a film entitled "La Honte de la Jungle" - which judging by the loin-cloth stretching erection of the 'Tarzan' character depicted in the ad, must have been at least somewhat pornographic.

We did not make it down to the Riviera and St. Tropez, but it is my understanding that most of the beaches there are topless or clothing optional. I am not sure what age restrictions are enforced there...

Point is: France, Europe, most of the rest of the world has entirely different attitudes towards sex and nudity than we have here in the USA.