Dutch girls are regulars on any fashion runway, but one in particular has folks buzzing. Roos Abels, the 14-year-old babydoll-faced beauty, has been turning heads, partially because, well, she’s gorgeous, but also because her young age isn’t stopping her from gracing the runway.
The Brave Models newcomer just walked in Prada’s Spring 2015 show as well as for Giambattista Valli‘s new line, Giamba, which has raised more than a few eyebrows. In the past few years, the fashion industry at large has been taking steps to reform the modeling business. Vogue launched its health initiative in 2012, a plan that included a commitment to avoid using girls under the age of 16. The magazine has since had a few hiccups on that front. Vogue China published an editorial with Ondria Hardin soon after the initiative was announced, though the mag said the shoot was produced before the agreement was reached. Vogue Mexico printed a spread with then 15-year-old Julie Borawska last year.
Last October, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation in New York giving under-aged models rights similar to those of child performers. This legislation doesn’t extend beyond the borders of New York, but it seems that members of the industry were hoping designers would at least try to adhere to the example set by Vogue and the state of New York.