This was supposed to be a post about women in combat, but while searching around on Google, I got distracted by a photograph of two strikingly beautiful little girls, and was led to a site that explained their story. Long story short, they are twin sisters who started modeling at age 7. They are 9 years old now, and their parents are promoting them aggressively. The site where they were featured assures us that their mother always makes sure that everything is totally safe, and that it’s all good.
I can’t be the only one who is a little uncomfortable with this. Hollywood is littered with child stars who ended up crashing and burning as adults, but I am thinking that the prospects of child actors, bleak though they often are, are probably a lot brighter than the prospects of most child models. Acting at least involves some skill that will carry over into adulthood, and that can be applied to all kinds of jobs outside of Hollywood. It’s a pretty sure bet that a kid who is a talented actor will grow into an adult who is a talented actor, but there is no guarantee that a beautiful child will go on to become a beautiful adult. I have known children who were so gorgeous it was blinding, and they grow into very average looking adults-and there are also some pretty weird looking kids who become gorgeous adults. Of course, there are some lucky people who are just beautiful all the way through, but that cannot be counted on.
We know what happens to child actors in too many cases. Basing a child’s entire identity on being a good actor is highly dubious, but it’s preferable to basing a child’s entire identity on being good looking. I fear for these children.