When people happen to Google the term "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World," a young lady by the name of Kristina Pimenova hangs out at the top of the search engine's results. And while she's already earned an editorial in Vogue Italia and starred in campaigns for the likes of Armani Kids, Roberto Cavalli Junior and DSquared2 kidswear, Pimenova is serious about boosting her career in the U.S. In fact, she just made the move from Russia to Los Angeles so that she could sign with modeling agencies LA Models and New York Models. Pimenova's portfolio can be found under the "Youths" section on the LA Models website, showcasing photos of the child beauty — who is exactly 10 years and 1 month old.
"To have notoriety in the modeling world at the young age of 10 is not a small feat," said agency owner Heinz Holba in a press release. "The agency is looking forward to having a long-lasting relationship with this little Supermodel [sic].” Perhaps the use of the word "notoriety" has to do with a controversial story from last year, when Pimenova's mother was criticized for posting vaguely provocative photos of the then-nine-year-old on Instagram. (Pimenova currently has 1.1 million followers on her personal account, which is managed by her mother.)
Fascination with very pretty pre-teens and the fetishization of youth in the fashion industry is nothing new — and this writer feels slightly creepy having just typed that. Remember Thylane Lena-Rose Blondeau? The French model boasted a significant Internet following via dedicated Tumblr pages and YouTube videos, and was also under heated debate at the age of 10 for her sexed-up editorial work, particularly in Vogue Paris. In case you're curious, Blondeau is now 14 years old, and according to her Facebook page, she's still booking modeling gigs.
But back to Pimenova. Although we're happy for what will likely be a long and successful career in the modeling world, we hope she can also continue to have as normal of a childhood as possible while living — and working — in the good ol' U.S. of A. That is, until she reaches "cool teen" status. So in the meantime, let's keep this OG supermodels thing going instead, shall we?