Radar Online reports that Cindy Crawford has changed her mind about her daughter's modeling career.
"At this point, she's too young to pursue a career," the 45-year-old supermodel told The Daily about her "mini me". "There aren't even a handful of jobs for a 10-year-old girl."
Crawford's 10-year-old daughter Kaia Gerber was recently featured in the new Young Versace Campaign. At the time, Crawford gushed about how wonderful it was.
I wondered in a blog post who or what was the impetus to get Kaia involved in modeling. Perhaps growing up surrounded by images of her mother all dolled-up was enough for Kaia to want to be seen as just as beautiful and glamorous.
I think this quote might clue us in on the truth...
Crawford continued about her daughter: "She kind of jokingly said - I'm not even sure if it was jokingly - 'I might model first because you don't have to know how to do anything, but then I want to be a baby nurse.' "
Ah! From the mouths of babes.
Kaia seems to be a pretty intelligent young lady. To recognise the reality of the modeling world at 10-years-old.
I'm kind of proud of Cindy Crawford, too, for sharing her daughter's wisdom with the world.
And while I'm not knocking the hard work that models do sometimes (I remember posing in freezing cold weather with no clothes on all day - not fun!), there is not a high level of skill involved in posing and looking pretty.
It's like playing dress-up for grown-ups. Yes, I mean, how cool is that? And to get paid large sums of money for it? Again, how awesome!
But keep in mind that that is the minority. Most struggling young models face an uphill battle of fighting for jobs, dealing with lecherous individuals, and struggling with body image and self-esteem issues.
And if they have some small success? Models are certainly not out there saving the world by striking a pose and selling products. Of course, one might argue that supermodels are able to do good in the world by using their celebrity to support causes.
Why, yes, that is true. But that is a very small percentage. How much more good could a young woman do by choosing to become "a baby nurse"?
For Kaia's sake, I hope she maintains this mature attitude - that modeling can be a way to make money to further a career that involves more than wearing pretty clothes.
A way to help all young girls to understand this important lesson? Let's start highlighting something other than supermodels and actresses on magazine covers.
Let's feature the latest women newsmakers in science, medicine, literature - and let's not dress them up in Versace gowns - let's show them as themselves, dressed in their every day garb.
Working. Living. Using their skills and brains to change the world. Not their looks.
I don't know about you, but I would buy that magazine.
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