Oceana Strachan was the subject of some cultural angst when she was signed to a modeling agency at fourteen and was bitching about how she already felt too old. The agencies were targeting middle schools to get their girls into the big money Euro circuit where they like their women like they like their coffee, flat and pre-menstrual. Strachan's agency insisted they carefully develop their youthful roster with a strong focus on health and education. Because that sounds better than we ice up seventh graders nipples and send them out in slip dresses so wealthy pedophiles can load up their tug vaults.
Strachan is now nineteen and has come a long way. She couldn't have done this kind of work when she started out. It would have been illegal. I know why men invented teen modeling. It's less clear why grown women never stepped in and said, no, you can't have that. Like when men want to mount TVs in the bathroom or ask your sister to join in a threesome. There has to be a gatekeeper or you have fifteen year old girls in unbuttoned tops smoking at Parisian loft parties at three am. Or Radio Disney.
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