Kendall Jenner may have been afraid to do runway, but Kylie (left) is apparently welcoming the challenge. The Kardashians' younger half-sister will be making her New York Fashion Week debut next Monday at Style 360-Metropolitan Pavilion, where Avril Lavigne plans to send her Abbey Dawn collection down the runway, WWD reports. To connect the dots: Avril's boyfriend is Kylie's half brother (and former Hills star) Brody Jenner. They're such a tight-knit family!
The only problem: Kylie just turned 14, which is well below the CFDA-imposed 16-year age minimum for runway models. Since February of this year, when these guidelines were announced, it’s been a gradual adjustment for some--having lead to a recent request by the CFDA that designers start carding models at their shows. We reached out to Steven Kolb, CEO of the CFDA, and here's what he had to say:
The CFDA Health Initiative guidelines are suggested recommendations put forth for the industry. The latest version has been distributed widely. We are not in a position to police or enforce these recommendations. We can only hope that they are followed and taken seriously and are happy that so many in our industry are acting responsible.
So, should Kylie be karded? One the one hand, Lavigne's line is targeted at tweens and teens so it makes some sense to show the line on a teenage model. And Style360 is not part of the CFDA. On the other, the fact that Kylie and her family are such publicity machines makes this worse. Even if the CFDA cannot "police" Avril Lavigne for sending a 14-year-old down her runway, she's sending a pretty clear and far-reaching message that it's fine to do so. And even if Avril isn't exactly a respected fashion industry figure, she's obviously in the public eye. Do you think allowing Kylie to walk is irresponsible?