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5-Year-Old ‘Fashion Icon’ Has 13,000 Facebook Fans (And A Lot Of Critics)

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Alonso Mateo has been labeled a fashion star and a style icon, but despite his incredible following on social media, the 5-year-old does have his fair share of critics.

Let’s start from the top: Mateo dresses in tailored clothing from all the big names and has a walk-in closet for his clothing collection. He has 14,000 followers on Instagram and almost 13,000 on his Facebook fan page.

Despite his age, he has already learned many tricks of the social media trade, including strategic selfies, filters, and a flirty, devil-may-care persona. Did we forget to mention that he’s only five?

Anyway, Mateo was branded a “style icon” in The Cut by stylist Ugo Mozie, and he did it all without having Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes for parents or being featured in a single fashion magazine photoshoot.

However, Mateo also has a fair share of critics. More specifically, his Laguna Beach, California parents do.

“He looks absurd,” one observer wrote. “It’s not cute, sweet or delightful. It’s dumb.”

Some seem to think that Mateo is being raised to be shallow and materialistic. “Poor child, the ego of Instagram, Twitter, etc. got to his head at that tender age,” another wrote.

Mateo’s mother, Luisa Fernanda Espinosa, told TODAY that his Instagram photos are just for fun.

“It was never to try to make money out of it or to make him a child celebrity, even less ‘exploiting’ him or endangering him in any kind of way. We are very dedicated parents and incredibly fortunate to have the means to enjoy many nice things, including clothes. We never intended to portray him or our family as shallow or materialistic, but we feel it has only spiraled down that way.”

She also says that there are many pictures of Mateo doing regular 5-year-old things, but those “are part of our own personal albums.”

You can check out a few photos of Alonso Mateo, the 5-year-old fashion star, below. Let us know what you think: Is this harmless fun, or do you agree with the critics? Sound off!

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[Images via: Facebook, Instagram]

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9 Responses to “5-Year-Old ‘Fashion Icon’ Has 13,000 Facebook Fans (And A Lot Of Critics)”

  1. Michelle Francis

    I think kids love to play dress up and pretend to be people they are not…so long as it doesn't become his only obsession I see it as harmless fun…however if this is his only focus then it may be important to teach this child other valuable morals so he doesn't grow up to be shallow and materialistic…perhaps occasionally cleaning out his closet and donating them to homeless shelters would be one way to do that!

  2. Chelle Story

    Is this all this kid does is dress up like a grown up.. obviously his mothers idea.. wanting her 15 min of fame. Just wait til hes older and wants to dress the way he wants to.. and if its like this.. I hope his mom makes enough expoloiting her kid for fame. I think its stupid.. doesn't seem like hes getting to be a kid much. If its what he likes good.. but its really hard to believe a child of this age had an idea he wanted to only wear taylored clothes. smh

  3. Deidre Spiegel

    I tthink it is adorable,,, look how f**ckin cute he is,,, it's just playing dressup as sum1 else said we did it all the time when I was a kid,,, i was the best dressed in grade school all the way thru 2 college,,, then I got into t-shirts and jeans or jean shorts as I live in Florida lol,, we were'nt rich but comfortable and my Father made sure we dressed well and my uncle dads brother owned a very exclusive woman's clothing shop in Conniticut so he sent us clothes all the time,,, so I give a thumbs up 2 this,,, hope 2 see more picture of this lil doll :-/

  4. Dale Alter

    I think he looks cool……….Leave the kid alone and for all you haters out there…………Yall are just jealous cause your kids don't dress that cool.

  5. Amanda Yarborough Bowhall

    He shows some attitude in these pics, I think it's ok as long as he doesn't show the same kind of attitude while off camera. You know the spoiled throwing a fit attitude.

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