- Cindy Crawford and husband Rande Gerber's 10-year-old daughter, Kaia Gerber, is the first-ever face of Young Versace, Versace's brand-new kids' fashion line. Crawford was a muse of the late Gianni Versace in the '90s, and Donatella says that having Cindy on-set "took me back to all those amazing Avedon photo shoots we worked on together." As an agent put it in an interview with Good Morning America, "Genetically, here you have a girl who's really beautiful, and why not seize that opportunity?" [Fashionista, Jezebel]
- Speaking of the fashion industry and age, Tavi Gevinson talked to the BBC about what it's like to be running her own site, Rookie, which launched last September. She says that she thinks there are two reasons why she attracted so much attention when, at age 13, she first attended fashion week:
"One was that I was a blogger. The word itself 'blog' is kind of ugly, it just doesn't sound very legitimate. And fashion, as an industry, has been really behind on being online and so I think people were confused and angry that someone younger than them had kind of figured it out. You know, they would talk about how inappropriate it was for someone my age to be at fashion week, but this is coming from an industry that fetishizes youth."
It is true that few of the people who raised concerns about the young Gevinson's days of missed school seem to have any qualms about the educational progress of high-school-age models, many of whom regularly miss school for their jobs. Top model Lisa Cant wrote about the difficulties (and rewards) of trying to blend the rigidity of an academic schedule with the last-minute, always-on-call nature of a modeling career for our Forum. BBC]
Jenna Sauers is the Editor of the Model Alliance’s Daily Feed, which keeps models informed of labor issues in the fashion industry. Jenna is a former model who now works primarily as a journalist covering the fashion industry. She blogs for Jezebel, and has written for publications including the New York Times, the New York Observer, and Jalouse. Jenna is a 2007 graduate of the University of Iowa, with a B.A. in French and English literature.