The mother of a 10-year-old French model has closed her daughter's Facebook group after controversy over photographs of the girl in fashion magazine Vogue.
Veronika Loubry shut the group to the public over the weekend after photos of Thylane Lena-Rose Blondeau - first published in the magazine's December/January issue - were featured on the US television program Good Morning America on Thursday.
Thylane is the daughter of retired French footballer Patrick Blondeau and Loubry, a French TV presenter, both aged 43.
In the photos, the child is shown lying on a tiger skin wearing matching animal-print high heels, touching her lips as she looks in a mirror and posing on a chair wearing stilettos and a dress with high slits.
Loubry's comments in English on the Facebook group page, which were first reported by US culture magazine BlackBook, include: "hey guys im the mum of thylane something going 's wrong at the moment and bad personn in usa about pictures she make's 8 mounths ago for vogue,,thylane doesn't know about the buzz and i want to protect her from the deapest of my heart ,,, she's so young ,, so we are going to close this accompte for a while ,,i know that all of you are good person who like her so i send you a big kiss,,thanks."
In Australia, laws introduced in 2009 require employers of models under 16 to gain permission from the NSW Children's Guardian.
Previous laws applied to models under 15, with the changes coming in after public debate over photographer Bill Henson's images of naked children in 2008 and when model Maddison Gabriel, at the age of 12, was named the face of the 2007 Gold Coast Fashion Week.
Professor Catharine Lumby of the University of New South Wales, who has written extensively on the media, children and young adults, told smh.com.au: "We need to look closely at the way in which I think we live in a very competitive world and I think we are often subjecting children to far too much in an array of areas."
She said no matter how dressed up a 10-year-old was, "they are not appropriate objects for sexual attention".
"Is it a good idea to take a 10-year-old and dress her up like that? I don't think so.
"I don't think it matters how you dress a 10-year-old and how much make-up you put on them, they are not appropriate objects for sexual attention. And anyone who subjects them to sexual attention, we have a name for that - someone with a paedophilic approach to children. And we are rightly extremely vigilant about that."
But she added there was a wider debate about the pressures on pre-teen children in today's "very competitive" society, with some "children who are being intensively coached in a range of ways that doesn't allow them to have enough of a childhood".
She said that, while some parents criticised their counterparts for allowing their children to join the fashion industry, they too were putting their children under pressure - by pushing them to get good grades so they could get into the country's top high schools.
"To me, this shouldn't just be about 10-year-old models. It should be about looking at any young person or child who is put in a situation where the pressures of the adult world are brought to bear on them," Professor Lumby said.
Thylane, who has reportedly been modelling since she was five, is just the most recent in a line of young girls who have posed for fashion houses and magazines.
In 1950, French actress Brigitte Bardot appeared on the cover of Elle magazine at the age of 15.
In 1980, American actress Brooke Shields was 13 when she was featured on the cover of Vogue magazine.
This year, 13-year-old Hollywood star Elle Fanning was picked as the face of Marc by Marc Jacobs, while another big-screen actress, Hailee Steinfeld, 14, was chosen by Miu Miu as its representative.
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