Australia‘s fashion industry canceled plans to use a 14-year-old model Monika Jagaciak as the face of its annual showcase on Friday, April 11th after fashion magazines including Vogue and Marie Claire refused to publish the girl’s photo because she was too young.
After initially standing by its decision on Jagaciak, fashion week organizers backed down after industry pressure. Editors from Vogue magazine and Marie Claire threatened to pull coverage of the fashion events and called for organizers to follow guidelines in place in London and Paris, which place restrictions on models under 16 years old.
At the very young age of 14, Jagaciak has already appeared in campaigns for Hermes and has worked internationally gracing the covers of Vogue, Elle, and many others.
Australia is no stranger to the young model controversy. They caused an uproar last year when they chose to use Maddison Gabriel, then thirteen, as the official ambassador of Gold Coast Fashion Week in 2007.
Morgan Featherstone was the subject of controversy when, at 8 years of age, fashion photos of her were displayed around the world.