You may remember this stunning face after she made headlines back in 2011 for being the “most beautiful girl in the world.” Born on April 5, 2001 in the Ivory Coast, this French model has accomplished more in her short life than many models ever dream of accomplishing. Though her rise to fame hasn’t been without controversy.
Thylane has her good-looking parents to thank for her stunning features. She is the daughter of Veronika Loubry, a former actress and TV host, and Patrick Blondeau, a former professional soccer player. Her parents have supported her modeling career from an early age.
Most models dream of walking the runway for a big fashion house like Jean-Paul Gautier. Thylane was doing it while she was still drinking from a sippy cup. Here she is strutting her stuff for Jean-Paul Gautier at her first ever runway show when she was just four-years-old.
In 2011, when Thylane was 10 years old, she had a spread of photos in Vogue Paris that caused a big stir. In the photo shoot, Thylane was wearing a pair of women’s stilettos, a short dress, and dark red lipstick. Her facial expressions also seemed to be a bit too mature for a 10-year-old girl.
While the Vogue photo shoot caused a lot of commotion, there were other photos of Thylane that were even greater cause for concern. There were photos of a young Thylane were she is completely shirtless.
“The Vogue Paris shots may be sensationalistic, but they're nowhere near as concerning as the topless shot of Thylane lying on a bed. Or that photo of Thylane posing, this time without any pants, on a (different) bed,” was written in Jezebel. “Or the implied nude photo where Thylane's naked chest is concealed by her artfully placed necklace and hair. Those, and the photos like them, are the ones that make people concerned that the fashion industry and the much older professionals who run it are not treating this child with appropriate concern for her image and well-being.”
Thylane’s mother, on the other hand, didn’t see what all the fuss was about.
“I understand that this could seem shocking. I admit I myself was shocked during the photoshoot. But, let me be precise: the only thing that shocked me is that the necklace she wore was worth $3 million,” her mother said.
Thylane is 15-years-old now, and has already been a working model for 11 years! She is still as stunning as ever. At 13, she landed a major cover for the French magazine Jalouse, and now she is currently signed with IMG models.
She’s still a bit on the young side for the adult modeling world. Usually, girls are signed around 16. But Thylane doesn’t think that she’s too young at all.
“Well, Kate Moss started modeling at the age of 15, and that was a little while ago. So no. I’m not too young. If you have a good agency and people who take care of you … its perfect,” she told Teen Vogue in 2015.
Thylane has been living the jet-setting life of a modern day "It Girl." She’s also been working with other models on the rise, like Kaia Gerber, Cindy Crawford’s daughter. Here are the two girls in a photoshoot together.
While Thylane enjoys working with models her age, she aspires to be like other established supermodels. In an interview with W Magazine, Thylane said her inspirations are models Cara Delevingne, Gigi Hadid and Barbara Palvin.
But, at the moment, Thylane only stands at 5’4’’, so unless she grows about four inches in the next few years, the runway may not be for her.
Thylane has landed herself some big name contracts, like L’Oréal. She went to Cannes with L’Oréal back in May, and made her debut on the red carpet. She also recently announced that she is working on a campaign with Dolce & Gabbana. So, she certainly has a lot of exciting things coming up.
Undoubtedly, Thylane will have a long and fruitful career as a model. She is still so young and has already amassed so many fans. She’s got one million followers on Instagram, and that number will surely grow. After all, who doesn’t want to know what “the most beautiful girl in the world” is up to?