Controversial Child Model Thylane Blondeau Makes Her Cannes Red Carpet Debut - Fashionista

Controversial Child Model Thylane Blondeau Makes Her Cannes Red Carpet Debut

At 15 years old, she's already been modeling for over a decade.
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Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

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French model Thylane Blondeau first came onto our radars back in 2011, when the then 10-year-old was making headlines for her preternatural beauty and borderline inappropriate editorials. Despite sparking controversy and wonder since she joined the business by walking the runway for Jean Paul Gaultier at age four, Blondeau has racked up an impressive amount of editorial and advertising work, posing for French Vogue, Jalouse and Teen Vogue to name just a few. She's since signed to IMG Worldwide, launched a YouTube channel and amassed 274,000 Instagram followers. Blondeau told the teen mag last year that she has ambitions to act, too. Oh, and she's still only 15 years old. 

Over the weekend, Blondeau checked a major career milestone off the list: making her red carpet debut at the Cannes Film Festival. At the premiere of "The BFG," she wore a Delphine Manivet dress, Caumer jewelry and Alexandre Birman sandals, accented with a playful Jimmy Choo clutch; the look was Cool Teen-appropriate yet glamorous, thanks to the modest, mullet-hemmed gown and a natural beauty look. 

While IMG generally waits until its models are 16 to book them for runway jobs, it's not uncommon (especially for European brands) to hire girls as young as 14 for their shows. Regardless of whether Blondeau decides to hit the catwalk circuit soon or not, this weekend's debut certainly heralds a new teenage chapter to her busy career — one red carpet down, many more to come. 

Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images