Thylane Loubry Blondeau is the 10-year-old daughter of TV presenter Véronika Loubry and former football player Patrick Blondeau who played for Olympique de Marseille and Sheffield Wednesday in the 1990s.
The young girl appeared as one of the child models in a special Vogue shoot art directed by designer Tom Ford last year.
The magazine featured young girls wearing heavy make-up, couture clothes and expensive jewellery. Shots included an image of Loubry Blondeau lying provocatively on a tiger fur.
Véronika Loubry took the decision to close down her daughter’s Facebook page on Monday, leaving the following message for her online ‘friends’ in stilted English:
“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 for all of the above, obviously. [sic]”
The controversy in the US was stirred up by a report on ABC’s Good Morning America which criticized the provocative poses of the young children.
“I see a very young girl being sexualised, being gazed at in a very adult way,” Koa Beck, deputy editor of mommyish.com, said in the report.
Outrage wasn’t restricted to the US. In France, child psychiatrist Eric Lemonnier told newspaper 20 Minutes “it’s monstrous to give the impression that this is sexy.”
The use of younger models has caused controversy in recent months. Two young actresses are currently being used in promotional campaigns for major brands.
Elle Fanning, aged 13, is the face of the new Marc by Marc Jacobs campaign while Hailee Steinfeld, aged 14, features in the latest Miu Miu advertising.