Kylin Kalani is a rising young model, singer, and actor who has walked the runways for prestigious fashion companies such as Chick, Prom Girl XO, Boutine LA, and Joans Bridal.

The fourteen-year-old has been wearing explicit clothing for her social media profiles as part of her professional career, which has alarmed some parents.

Kalani Has Walked Down Well-Known Runways

Kalani is only fifteen years old, so don’t be fooled by her confident demeanor. With the help of her parents, especially her Korean mother, Jane, she has been the face of major modeling businesses since she was a child.

The stunning adolescent walked the runways of New York Fashion Week and Los Angeles Fashion Week. She is also the Rising Fashion Show’s STAR model. To cap it off, on April 29, 2021, she released her single “Malibu.” She wrote the song herself, and the production was funded by music producer Andrew Lane.

Concerns of Parents: How Young is Too Young to Wear a Bikini?

For the young model, success, reputation, and fame came quickly. However, she continues to face backlash for uploading photos of herself in racy or suggestive swimwear.

Parents, who believe that underage children should not wear provocative gowns, much less model them, are her harshest detractors. There are other parents who believe that their children under the age of 18 should be permitted to wear whatever they want. The latter group of parents believes that children should be permitted to wear whatever they want as long as it is comfortable for them. People, not clothes, they argue, are objectifying others.

Sofia Mechetner, an Israeli model, sparked controversy when she modeled for Christian Dior at the age of 14.

In 2015, Wendy Thomas Russell of PBS News Hour created a headline out of the situation. ‘How young is too young for a bikini?’ stated the headline of the claimed article. Her conclusion was that everyone has the right to wear whatever makes them feel happy and comfortable.

She did, however, emphasize unequivocally that children should be educated, to the point of agonizing detail if necessary. She stated that the more skin children expose in public, the more likely they are to be objectified.

 

Objectification while young might have a negative impact on her mental health

Very Well Mind addresses the mental and sociological issues that may be generated by the objectification of women at an early age in this article. According to the report, girls who are exposed to unrealistic depictions of women in mainstream media can suffer long-term mental health consequences.

Internal conflict, misunderstanding, and/or self-loathing can quickly arise when girls are exposed to numerous inaccurate media images of girls their age. Julia Geier, a veteran model, admitted in an interview with The New York Times that the images they present in front of the camera are the result of years spent perfecting various aspects of their bodies, as well as hours and hours of hard work put in by makeup artists, hairstylists, and wardrobe stylists.

She went on to say that the photos were taken by a professional photographer and then manipulated and modified. She went on to talk about how the mainstream media and companies are hell-bent on instilling false expectations in women.

Julia’s experience as a model demonstrates how the ideal picture of a woman is twisted from reality. This also hints at how young individuals’ perspectives might be influenced and how this can lead to mental health difficulties.

Parents should be concerned about dangerous people on the internet

Aside from the worrying psychological impacts, one must also be aware that predators pose just as many, if not more, threats.

Even if the models and celebrities are unaware, the young people who look up to them and emulate their lifestyle, in this case, by wearing exposing or racy attire, are vulnerable to predators.

Although, in a perfect world, criminals’ activities would have no bearing on the public’s decisions, we live in a world where criminals hide behind their computers, encouraging illegal behavior.

According to NBC News, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received more than twice as many complaints about content depicting child abuse in 2020 as it did last year at the same period. This shocking statistic demonstrated the gravity of the current crisis.

In a nutshell, artists like Kylin Kalani are establishing a reputation for themselves based on their unique interests and abilities.

While celebrities cannot always be held responsible for the consequences of their actions, parents and guardians must be aware of the realities of their children’s lives and educate them properly.

 


By Meera