Not a model age for a child

The world’s most famous child model has signed two modeling contracts, begging the question: Is this really the “perfect” life for a 10-year-old?

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Kristina Pimenova, dubbed “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World,” is beautiful. No doubt about it. A scroll through the 10-year-old’s Instagram feed—managed by her mother, followed by 1.2 million people—reveals a girl whose good genes have given her face near perfect proportions, ice-blue eyes, a gorgeous smile, and that mysterious something that makes a camera love her.

It’s no wonder, then, that after a “career” that’s seen the Moscow-native modeling in Europe for the likes of Armani, Roberto Cavalli, and a recent spread in Italian Vogue that she would ink a deal in the U.S. with L.A. Models.

We’re certain Pimenova’s family is celebrating this news, this next step in their beautiful daughter’s beautiful career. Especially since Pimenova’s mother herself is a former model (her father, a retired professional soccer player). But we can’t help but wonder: can this all stay so beautiful for her?

It can’t, after all, be easy for a child to live under a label like she’s been given and marketed under. To be 10 and to be the “world’s most” or “world’s best” anything is a mantel no child should wear. Perhaps nevermore so than when it’s the mantel of World’s Most Beautiful being worn by a beautiful girl.

Kristina is now represented by @lamodels and @newyorkmodels ❤️

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Because while physical beauty is a gift and is something to be proud of and use in the best ways, we live in a world that celebrates it as the everything. Especially for women. More especially for girls. Girls, who still need to be told that beauty is wonderful, yes, but so is kindness, so is intellect, so is creativity, so is athleticism, so is play and getting dirty and letting loose and looking a mess. Without cameras.

So is growing up confident in knowing who you are and knowing that being not the best or the most, but simply being you, is the only real way—and the only good way—to be the world’s most beautiful you.

Caryn Rivadeneira
Caryn Rivadeneira

Caryn Rivadeneira is the author of five books and is a columnist for Her.meneutics and ThinkChristian. She lives outside Chicago with her husband, three kids, and one red-nose pit bull. Visit her at

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