A few months ago someone asked me what is the best age to start modeling, so naturally, I told them that the legal age declared by the state. To which she responded that most of the ramps, magazines, and adverts are using 13 to 14-year-old girls. An issue that we are all familiar with, but refuse to take a stand against. Mostly, because these girls are children or models, or a celebrity that have the complete consent of their parents or guardian.
These images are sending out the wrong message to girls who are looking to start modeling, as they feel they are too late to the part. However, it’s really the other way around. Promoting underage modeling is a serious issue that the industry needs to deal with together. We all know how tough the fashion industry is, and how it can cut you off from the world, and introduce you to a place where all that matters is the spotlight. Where that is a suitable environment for young women who understand the basics and have developed a personality, it is unfair to girls who are still learning how the world works, and what they wish to do with their lives. Allowing them to step in the spotlight at such an age could ruin their entire life track, as that will be all they know and crave.
In my personal opinion, girls or boys should not be allowed to enter the adult modeling world till they are of proper age, as they must be able to enjoy their childhood as it was meant to be enjoyed. So when do decide to start modeling, they are completely ready and understand the requirements and stress that comes with the job. Modeling is not just about standing in front of the camera and posing or walking down the runway. There is so much more that goes on that you can only see when you are a part of the industry.
Yes, you can dream about becoming a model your entire life, but you should not be able to take it on as a full-time job before you are of the legal age.
The sooner we understand that there is a law set in place for a reason, the better it will be for our coming generation that looks up to the fashion industry. Yes, you can dream about becoming a model your entire life, but you should not be able to take it on as a full-time job before you are of the legal age. The issue comes up time after time, and after a few weeks and months of debate, it generally tends to die down. Similar to other social issues, I feel that we need to focus on the youth of our country, and set limits that will help secure their childhood and future.
There are enough social issues in the world to deal with, and this one can easily be avoided if we all come forward and set the record straight for once and for all. You will have enough time to model, as you have your entire life ahead of you, but for now, young adults need to be shielded from such a harsh environment.