Storm surrounds daughter of ex-Wednesday defender

Exposed: Thylane Lena-Rose Blondeau is too young for such a photo shoot, say campaigners.
Exposed: Thylane Lena-Rose Blondeau is too young for such a photo shoot, say campaigners.
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FORMER Owls footballer Patrick Blondeau is at the centre of a row surrounding his daughter - who appears in the French edition of Vogue magazine in heavy make-up and wearing stilettos, though she is only ten.

The photo set of Thylane Lena-Rose Blondeau has caused a storm of controversy among campaigners worried about the overt sexualisation of children.

The daughter of the former French defender, who played at Hillsborough for a season in the late 1990s, is being tipped as the next big thing on the fashion scene.

In the Vogue set, she is seen reclining among leopard print pillows, rouged lips pouting at the camera and in a dress with a cleavage cut to the waist.

Thylane has been on the cover of Vogue Enfants, in many newspapers and can be seen on many internet websites.

The latest images have shocked campaigners who have fought for a recent Government initiative to enforce restrictions on the sexualisation of children in the UK media and sexual content in advertising.

A Mothers’ Union spokesman said the photos would not pass new standards proposed to control magazines, street advertising and other British media.

She said: “We have grave concerns about the modelling agency who represent Miss Blondeau, which clearly does not know if it represents a child or an adult.

“Photo shoots requiring her, a ten-year-old-girl, to dress in full make-up and teetering heels deny her to the right to be the child she is.”

Dr Emma Gray, a consultant clinical psychologist, added: “These pictures are the antithesis of what childhood should be - a child being exposed to a world she is not yet equipped to deal with solely to serve the needs of the adults around her.

“If children are to develop into happy, grounded and psychologically balanced people their childhood needs to be spent appropriately.”