12 year runway model, Maddison Gabriel struts her stuff as “the official ambassador of Gold Coast Fashion Week” in Australia.
Her mum is beamed with delight! Prime Minister John Howard flipped his wig.
But highly mature “Maddy” remained calm, cool, and collected in light of the ongoing circus. She did a fabulous job strapping on her string bikini and other revealing outfits for the Queensland event.
But it doesn’t stop there….a 15 year old on the cover of Vogue sends shock waves through the community! A child? Modeling for an adult magazine? How dare they!
News flash: This is nothing new.
This kind of cracks me up, everyone is freaking out over something that’s been going on for decades. When I was recruited to Paris at 16, my models apartment was filled with tween beauties from around the world. No one gave a rip. In fact, we were admired far and wide.
Did you ever wonder how we were actually allowed to work? Black market. Really. Sounds so seedy doesn’t it?
We got into Paris with a regular tourist visa, who the hell knows how the agency justified our wages. I do recall some sort of bust going on, and I had to spend the day waiting in line in a grungy Paris government agency. My booker did all the talking so I really have no clue what transpired, for all I know she could have said I was her daughter. Anyway, we left with paperwork that allowed me to continue working.
Don’t tell anyone, but Adidas hired me to pose as the “mom” in a tennis ad. Kind of freaky when you are 16, the “dad” is 18, and they bring in two little kids to be your “children.” Oh, what a happy little family we were. Good times.
Bottomline, I am glad attention is being drawn to this issue, because this, along with the size 0 bullshit, this tells me we may actually be getting somewhere with taming an industry that has been way out of control for too damn long.