because then editor, Mia Freedman, banned it from the magazine, stating,
“So why did I axe it? Because I thought the message it sent to girls –
that the most important thing about you is how you look – was an appalling one.
A negative one. A damaging one. Remember being 13? At the most mentally and
emotionally vulnerable time in a girl’s life, why on earth would you throw her
into a world that judges and rejects you exclusively on how you look? And what
winner of this year’s contest was the youngest finalist. Why? Because if you
want to be a model, 16 or 17 is too old. As Girlfriend’s editor said last year
about her magazine’s winner, her tender age would give her ‘a headstart’ in the
Girlfriend model contest winners – are sent overseas to meet with agents and go
on casting. As one model manager said about this practice: ”I know many people
think 13 is very young but it’s what the international brands are looking for
in Europe,” she said. ”Models are too old now at 16.”
during my mag career) claim their winners will be used in ‘age-appropriate’
ways in their magazines and I believe them. After all, they are magazines for
teenage girls whose average reader is probably 13. The models in their pages
SHOULD be 13.
there aren’t enough teenage mags or products to sustain the career of a 13 or
14 or even 15 year old model. So they are invariably used to model clothes and
products aimed at adults.
she’s a bit of a plain and boring ugly duckling. She’s no oil painting and
probably had bad teenage years with no hope of ever winning a teen magazine
pretty iconic. Miranda Kerr won it when she was 13 and you’ll hear this a lot
whenever the subject comes up, as a justification for why it’s OK and even a
good thing. ‘Miranda Kerr won it at 13 and look at her now!’ etc.
models who don’t go on to become Victoria’s Secret Angels and marry Hollywood
stars (side note: is becoming a Victoria’s Secret Angel something we want to
encourage girls to aspire to anyway? If that’s the pinnacle of your career,
what does that say about the values of the modelling industry?).”
I’ve seen the footage of when Miranda won years ago, and what they should have been worried about was how thin she was.
June Dally-Watkins, who was a model and now runs a school for personal and professional development even had a say this week, claiming something along the lines of, why shouldn’t a 13 year old have the chance to make a name for herself, who said she couldn’t have a career.
Just like we need baby models, and toddler models, and kid models, and late
teen models, and adult models, come on people, we need models of all ages and
considering this is ONLY Dolly magazine, although we do have Girlfriend
magazine as well, it’s the same thing, these magazines are geared toward teens
so who else are they going to have on the cover or winning the competition?
“As well as appearing on the cover of the August issue of DOLLY — which is
on sale next Monday — and in a fashion shoot in the same mag, Kirsty has won a
year-long ambassador role with DOLLY magazine plus a modelling contract with
Chadwick Models and a trip to New York to meet with their affiliated US agency.
all of them have incredibly bright futures ahead,” says DOLLY editor Tiff.
“But the end of the day we had to pick a winner and Kirsty really
impressed all of us with her great attitude, well-balanced lifestyle and range
of interests and achievements outside of the modelling world.
she’s a part of the Queensland Theatre Company, is an accomplished pianist, plays
a variety of different sports and heaps more. What also impressed us was her
great attitude on set and support of her fellow finalists. I can’t wait for
Kirsty to start her role with DOLLY — and for you to hear more from her
not represent average teen girls. But then I guess an average size plain girl
wouldn’t have been considered as cover girl material. They also think she’s a
great role model. As most people have pointed out, she hasn’t done anything to
be a role model, unless you want girls to be thin. So I guess it all depends on
how things go over the next year. Not every teen model ends up a drugged up
alcoholic ex model by the time they’re 18!