Topic: children modeling

A Casting Director Tells Mommyish What To Consider When Putting Your Kids In Show Biz

A Casting Director Tells Mommyish What To Consider When Putting Your Kids In Show Biz

It’s pretty easy for parents who put their children in the entertainment industry to get vilified. Child pageantry aside for a moment, whether you let your child model or act, the industry reputation is seedy for a reason. But for those parents who are looking to bank a little college money in the pre-K years, or are perhaps actively trying to establish their child with a career, there are definitely ways to successfully navigate the road to stardom.
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Why I Let My Child Model

Why I Let My Child Model

The world of child modeling has earned a pretty bad reputation, thanks to reality TV and several press happy mothers.

A recent slew of train wreck rubber-necking TV favorites, from Toddlers and Tiaras to Dance Moms and “Human Barbie” Sarah Burge‘s Anderson Cooper moment, seems to have made gawking at stage parents — and their unfortunate children — the new American past-time. But despite however contemporary programming manages to sully the term “child model,” parents are still lining their kids up for modeling work guilt-free.
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Genetic Lottery: Match These Child Models With Their Supermodel Moms

Genetic Lottery: Match These Child Models With Their Supermodel Moms

It’s pretty normal for children to want to follow in their parents’ footsteps. If my daughter could figure out what I do all day when I sit around with a computer in my lap, I’m sure she would be interested. When I was a little kid, I always thought that I would be a teacher like my mother.

Well these kids are starting early, entering the modeling world before they ever earn a driver’s license. See if you can match the child model with their professionally pretty family member. More »

Mommyish Exclusive: Directors Of ‘Girl Model’ Would Not Have Been Comfortable Filming Pedophilia And Prostitution

Mommyish Exclusive: Directors Of 'Girl Model' Would Not Have Been Comfortable Filming Pedophilia And Prostitution

Girl Model, the haunting documentary that follows 13-year-old modeling hopeful Nadya Vall and jaded modeling veteran and scout Ashley Arbaugh, poses many questions. In taking a look at the working conditions of children and the insatiable demand for girls as young as 11 or 12, filmmakers David Redmon and Ashley Sabin distilled a true vulgarity to a business that truly makes no apologies. In an exclusive interview with Mommyish, Ashley shares why she and her partner tackled this industry in the first place and responds to allegations that the film “humiliates” young Nadya. More »

Modeling Is Just A Glam Form Of Child Exploitation, Proves ‘Girl Model’

Modeling Is Just A Glam Form Of Child Exploitation, Proves 'Girl Model'

The modeling industry boasts no pretenses about the abysmal treatment of its underage muses. Designers like Marc Jacobs make no bones about their use of underage girls in their runway shows which normally include early call times, little to no breaks, sexual harassment, payment in designer clothes, and sometimes no health insurance for girls as young as 12 or 13. But despite how awful this business treats children, the beast keeps getting fed as is captured in the chilling Girl Model documentary. More »

Model Alliance: New Rights Group Ensures Girls Are Protected

Model Alliance: New Rights Group Ensures Girls Are Protected

“It took tremendous will for me to say, ‘No, I’m not going to walk down the runway naked, even though it’s my first time doing a show for you, and you’re threatening to cancel me, and you’re this huge designer I’ve seen on TV my whole life, and I’m standing up to you and I’m 16 years old.’”

This is what model Shalom Harlow had to say at this week’s launch party for the Model Alliance, a new workers’ rights organization for fashion models in the U.S. More »

Five Girl Models Who Are Being Photographed Like They’re Women

Five Girl Models Who Are Being Photographed Like They're Women

The sexualization of girls in advertisements and other professional photographs is unfortunately nothing new. It seems that although Brooke Shield‘s notorious Calvin Klein ad is the quick go to reference for how to inappropriately to photograph kids, girls in magazines these days are even younger. And although lots of makeup and styling are most often pointed to as the culprit in the situations, a much more subtle approach is frequently used when getting these girls to come across like woman. Sometimes it’s lighting and makeup, other times it’s wardrobe, but most of the time its getting these kids to pose like they’re grownups with sexy expressions and sultry poses. More »