Dissertation: The exploitation of underage models

As well as doing a collection for my degree work, we also write a dissertation. My interest in exposing this sparsely known and never discussed issue began with seeing the documentary below. It’s definately worth a watch and is truly shocking. Particularly worth watching if you have children, I would imagine.



  1. michellejoycebond 1st October 2013 / 1:25 am

    I started watching this on Netflix and had to stop. All those girls…

    • designmischief 1st October 2013 / 1:26 am

      Yes it’s madness that more people aren’t aware of this!x

  2. kukolina 1st October 2013 / 7:25 am

    What is your dissertation about and how are you involved in the world of modeling? I watched the less than two minutes video you posted and this is not for me. Since I have a child I am so super sensitive to anything that shows how easily children can be taken an advantage of. I can easily picture that for girls coming from an extremely poor country and a background of poverty this is an opportunity to escape from it all… Sadly…

    xoxo, Eszter

    • designmischief 1st October 2013 / 9:06 pm

      Hi Esztar, Yes it’s not easy to watch. I’m a fashion student writing for my degree. I’m investigating why there are no laws protecting these young girls and who is responsible for this. I would be so grateful if you would guess the model’s age in my post above. It’s quite shocking but an area which needs greater attention and regulation. Thank you for your comment.x

      • kukolina 2nd October 2013 / 12:56 am

        My guess would be 13…

  3. A Spoonful of Style 1st October 2013 / 7:20 pm

    This is such an important issue to highlight. So many people only see the glamorous and glossy side of modelling and don’t realise what sometimes goes on behind the scenes. These girls are so young and vulnerable, yet they’re thrown into an adult world often far away from home where it’s all about appearances and the exterior. Heartbreaking. X

    • designmischief 1st October 2013 / 9:00 pm

      Yes, absolutely. It’s such a dark topic to chose but one I feel needs further investigation.x

  4. ohlidia 2nd October 2013 / 2:08 am

    I have 2 girls and I am appalled by this industry. I’ve got to see the movie. Would love to read your dissertation when it’s done…

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