Kylin Kalani's Age For Bikini Modelling Might Worry Some Parents
Kylin Kalani is an up and becoming teen model, singer, and actress who has modeled for esteemed fashion labels including Chick, Prom Girl XO, Boutine LA, and Joans Bridal.
In pursuing her professional career, the fourteen-year-old has been modeling in racy outfits for her social media handles, which has raised concerns for some parents.
According to a recent NBCNews article, "child s**ual abuse images and online exploitation" have increased during the pandemic. With that, the author and the Hollywoodmask team want to emphasize that the article's objective is not to undermine anyone's freedom of speech and expression. The article aims to add to the important conversation surrounding child s**ual abuse cases.
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Underage Model Kylin Kalani has Graced Popular Runways
Don't let her appearance and confidence fool you, Kylin is just fourteen years old, and in such a short time she had made a huge name for herself. She has been the face of brands as big as Apple's iPhone.
The beautiful teenager has also graced the runway at the New York Fashion Week as well as the Los Angeles Fashion week. She is also the STAR model for Rising Fashion Show's second season. And to top that off, she currently runs three handles on Instagram where she enjoys over nine hundred thousand followers and is also currently working on her own pop album.
Parents' Concern: How Young is too Young to Wear a Bikini?
Success, name, and fame came early for the young model. But, she continues to draw flak for posting pictures of herself in racy or revealing swimsuits.
Parents—who tend to think that underage children shouldn't wear revealing dresses, let alone modeling on them—turn out to be her major critics. On the other hand, there are parents who still believe that their underage children should be able to wear clothes of their choices. The latter segments of parents argue that children should be able to wear anything that makes them comfortable. They believe that people are objectifying others, not clothes.
Israeli model, Sofia Mechetner drew controversy when she modeled for Christian Dior at the young age of 14
Wendy Thomas Russell of PBS News Hour even made a headline out of this issue back in 2015. The headline of the said article read, "How young is too young for a bikini?" Her conclusion was that everyone has the right to wear what is comfortable and what makes them feel good.
However, she clearly stated that kids should be educated, with excruciating detail if necessary, that the more skin they show in public, they are more likely to be subject to objectification. "S** Ed is important stuff," she added.
S**ualization Or Objectification at a Young Age can Lead to Mental Health Problems
In an article by Very Well Mind, the outlet explores the mental and societal problems that can possibly be triggered by the s**ualization of women at a young age. The article states that the girls that are exposed to the unrealistic portrayals of women in mainstream media can have a lasting impact on their mental health.
When girls are exposed to numerous unrealistic media portrayals of girls their age, this can easily lead to internal conflict, confusion, and/or self-loathing.
During an interview with The New Youk Times, Julia Geier, a thirty-two-year-old model, confessed that the images they portray in front of the lens were a result of years spent on perfecting various aspects of their body, hours and hours of hard work poured by makeup artists, hairstylists, and wardrobe stylists. To top it all off, she said the pictures were taken by a professional photographer, which were then edited and photoshopped.
She further discussed how popular media and brands are hellbent on setting unrealistic expectations for women in general.
As a model herself, Julia's experience goes to show how false impressions can be formed that are far removed from reality. This would further go on to suggest how the mindsets of young adults can be especially impacted and lead to mental health issues as previously mentioned.
How Dangerous people Online Might Worry Some Parents?
Besides the alarming psychological impacts, one must also be aware that there are just as many, if not more, threats from s**ual predators. Even if the models and celebrities are not aware, the youngsters that look up to their lifestyle, in this case, donning revealing or racy outfits, are susceptible to attract attention from s**ual predators.
Although in an ideal world, the actions of such criminals should not affect the choices that the general public has to make, we live in a world were those criminals hide behind their screens promoting this illicit behavior.
NBC News recently reported that the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received more than twice as many complaints regarding content that depicts child s**ual abuse this year as compared to the same time last year. This alarming statistic indicates the urgency of this ongoing crisis.
In a nutshell, artists by the likes of Kylin Kalani are making a name for themselves out of their personal interests and skills. While they cannot always be held accountable for the repercussions of their careers, parents and guardians must acknowledge the reality behind these celebrities and educate their children accordingly.
To report child abuse or if you are a child abuse victim, you can visit Childwelfare.gov.