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Fab Flash: Model Too Young For Aussie Fashion Week

She was set to be the face of Melbourne Spring Fashion Week in September, but now Melbourne City Council is saying that 15-year-old Claire Quirk is too young. Councillor Fiona Snedden objected to the choice of such a young girl: "I have a fundamental issue about this. There needs to be a time when we stop and say, 'Is it wrong to have models this young?'"

The Australian Fashion Council supports the restrictions on models younger than 16 working at big fashion shows, saying younger teenagers were ill-equipped to face issues such as sexualisation, alcohol, and rejection. This move follows the recommendation last week by the British Model Health Inquiry that models under 16 be banned from London Fashion Week.


GregS GregS 7 years
@mind... She had already been selected apparently. They had already selected her, but the town council rejected her saying it was too much pressure for a 15 yo girl. The kicker is that on the first day of the show, she would be 16. So my question back to the group is this. Does turning 16 magically make her able to handle the pressure? Understanding that she's already modelling at a very elevated level already. How could it be any worse?
mindtergalactic mindtergalactic 7 years
well lilxmissxmolly they don't say no to modelling at all, they say big fashion show so 15 are still allow for modelling but not a big show one
GregS GregS 7 years
I loved this. The 15 yo girl can't be the face of the show because the show "...supports the restrictions on models younger than 16 working at big fashion shows, saying younger teenagers were ill-equipped to face issues such as ... rejection." I'm laughing here in a sad way. I can hear it now. Hon! You've been selected to be the face of the Aussie Fashion Council's show this year! Your pic has been splashed across all the news wires, mags and newspapers in the country. Oops, never mind, you're too young by a few months. Talk about REJECTION!
gingereg gingereg 10 years
you can't compare a high school experience to the life of a model. through my high school and college years i was exposed to a lot of things too, but i doubt its the same kind of pressure and environment. what high school student hasn't seen drugs and alcohol first hand now? and yeah, everyone is different and has differing values, so one 15 year old could be strong enough in themselves to resist that kind of pressure, but i don't believe that at 15 most girls have that kind of self-assurance. again, if it's something she really wants, she can pursue it in the future, when she's better equipped.
Pepper Pepper 10 years
The model in question is: -A current high school student. -She was accompanied to all public appearances by her parents or a chaperone. -She turns 16 on the day that she was to tread the catwalk. I think it depends on 1) The type of modeling and 2) What type of support network she has.
AngelGrl135 AngelGrl135 10 years
GINGEREG.....At 15 she should be in highschool, im SURE she's seen drugs before and been involved with peer pressure. I started 9th grade at 13 and there were sex drugs and eating disorders...should i have been homeschooled?? uh NO. and it happens at EVERY SCHOOL. my highschool has been in Newsweek's top 10 best schools in the nation list for a couple years in a row now so it happens in the rich/smart schools to not just in lower class communities u cant escape it... open your eyes....and i said i was ok with the ban idea, just not the fact that they just pulled her out of shows she already committed to. they could have enforced it afterward and coming from someone who was a nationally ranked gymnast at 12, I know what the effects of what its like when someone says your too young. When they put the rule in place that you had to be 16 to go to the olympics, it completely changed the plans I had for my gymnast career and played a huge role in my decision to put aside my olympic dreams.... so im coming from a position of someone who has more or less been her shoes (or similar ones i should say)
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 10 years
I completely agree w/ the ban. 15 is just too young to be modeling; You are still susceptible to the alcohol, bulimia, drugs and starving yourself. I think the ban should go to ages 18 and under because I think even those ages are too young.
jmast jmast 10 years
I personally think it's a great idea and agree.
Rachiepop Rachiepop 10 years
I think it's a good idea personally, there needs to be a limit. These girls are so young, yes modeling is a youthful career and the older you get the harder it is, but they don't need to be in a rush to grow up so fast.
hvnly34 hvnly34 10 years
I think adding parental chaperone requirements are enough, I don't think they should be outright banned Geez :oy:
Iwillmarryunick Iwillmarryunick 10 years
Thanks! The coffee hadn't kicked in yet ;)
tiabia tiabia 10 years
This sounds like a great idea!!! Perhaps now the culture of the fashion industry will change, this may weed out the persistent alcohol and drug abuse, as well as the eating disorders that are most affecting the younger girls in the industry!!!
sumnboutme sumnboutme 10 years
One of my BFFs used to do the makeup for some of the shows at LA Fashion Week and he used to tell me stories about these girls. They're not even of age yet and they're already alcoholics and druggies. It's sad when money and fame are thrown into the faces of these young girls and they are ill-equipped to deal with the issues that come with it.
eaker eaker 10 years
iwillmarryunick the brunette lying down is the model. If you click through to the source that's the picture they provide.
gingereg gingereg 10 years
That's a great move on their part. As far as "not letting her follow her dreams"...she's 15. If it's really a dream she wants to follow, she will be better equipped to pursue it in a few more years. Look at a majority of other people who were allowed to "follow their dreams" at such a young age... Having a chaperone backstage with her may keep her out of trouble for the time being, but she'd still be exposed to that environment and pressure.
lilxmissxmolly lilxmissxmolly 10 years
psh, please. i started modelling when i was 14 and faced a lot of rejection until I finally got accepted. i think that if you're strong enough to handle it you can. all you have ot do is simply say "no" to alcohol, politely turn down any "sexualisations" (although i have to say-believe it or not, the modelling business is really professional). i think that they are taking this too far-they dont this to actresses, so why pick on models?
Iwillmarryunick Iwillmarryunick 10 years
I'm confused as to who the pic is. Random girls?
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 10 years
Rock on Oz!
lil-miss-bella lil-miss-bella 10 years
That idea should come to the U.S.!!
AngelGrl135 AngelGrl135 10 years
I think the idea is ok but its not fair to pull Claire out when she was already slated to do those shows. They talk about saving young girls from rejection but what about the message of "your too young to be following your dreams" that they're putting out there instead. She should maybe have a chaperone backstage so she doesnt get near any drugs or alchohol....
__nicci __nicci 10 years
Such a good idea, Finally.
Nickey Nickey 10 years
kat3 you make a great point. A lot of young teenagers are not mature enought to handle the stress of the fashion/entertainment business. Being out there so early in life can mess them up. I mean look at Lohan and Spears. They have major issues to deal with due in part to their early exposure to adult life and these industries.
mlen mlen 10 years
i agree that they should not let anyone model under age of 16. and i think if you are 16 and 17, that there should be rules requiring parental supervision.
Seraphim Seraphim 10 years
how about 18.. that seems about right
Seraphim Seraphim 10 years
thanks giod theres someone with half a brain in the industry...
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