'The most beautiful girl in the world' just turned 17

Elise Solé
French model Thylane Blondeau is celebrating her 17th birthday on April 5. (Photo: Getty Images)

French model Thylane Blondeau, dubbed “the most beautiful girl in the world,” is feeling sentimental ahead of her 17th birthday on April 5, and is sharing a precious childhood photo.

The L’Oréal brand ambassador is already a modeling pro, having walked the runway for Jean Paul Gaultier when she was only 4 years old and appearing on the cover of Vogue Enfants, a supplement in Vogue Paris, at age 6, a job that earned her the title, “the most beautiful girl in the world.”

However, 10-year-old Blondeau went mainstream in 2011 when a photo shoot in Vogue Paris ignited controversy for being risqué. According to the Daily Mail, British Labour Party politician Helen Goodman, among others, called the magazine “disgraceful and totally irresponsible,” adding, “They have descended into the gutter by doing this.” 

The drama didn’t faze Blondeau — in September, the teen, who is represented by IMG Models, sat front row during New York Fashion Week at Michael Kors alongside Gabriel-Kane Day-Lewis. 

Thylane Blondeau and Gabriel-Kane Day-Lewis. (Photo: Getty Images)

In October, she walked the runway at Le Defile L’Oréal Paris during Paris Fashion Week.

Thylane Blondeau during Paris Fashion Week. (Photo: Getty Images)

And recently, French brand Juicy Couture announced that Blondeau will be the face of its SS18 campaign. 

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