The French model unofficially dubbed “the most beautiful girl in the world” age four, Thylane Blondeau, has reentered the catwalk on the Milan Fashion Week runway.
The now-16-year-old walked for the Dolce & Gabbana Spring/Summer ’18 on Sunday, marking her big return to the catwalk after first debuting for Jean Paul Gaultier age four.
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The model recently made headlines for sitting FROW at London Fashion Week, officially making her fashion week re-debut while watching Gigi Hadid, Bella Hadid, Hailey Baldwin and Jourdan Dunn walk Tommy Hilfiger‘s Spring 2018 collection.
She was often the subject of controversy growing up, after a Vogue Paris editorial shot her in a highly suggestive pose, leading to widespread criticism that the magazine was sexualising the then-10-year-old.
After that, she became a lightning rod for critics of fashion’s fetishisation of youth and the sexualisation of young children. France swiftly passed laws banning anyone under the age of 16 from competing in beauty pageants, with maximum penalties of two years and €30,000 (AU $44,900) for any adults caught entering children in one.
That being said, Blondeau didn’t stray far from modelling. She’s racked up covers on L’Officiel Paris and Jalouse, and even appeared in French kids film, Belle & Sebastian, the Adventure Continues.
And if this second debut is anything to go by, it looks like Blondeau will be a staple of runways to come. Watch this space.