Being heralded as the "most beautiful girl in the world" can only be a good thing, most would assume. But what if the most beautiful girl in the world is only nine years old?
Kristina Pimenova was dubbed the most beautiful girl in the world by Women Daily magazine, and there is little doubt that the title, even if somewhat grand, is well-earned. The little girl is nearly flawless in her photos. As Women Daily says, she has an "angel face." Furthermore, the make-up used for her photos is soft and natural -- a far cry from anything seen on Toddlers and Tiaras. In fact, the little girl rarely wears make-up at all, and wears only clothing designed for children, according to Glamour.
Kristina, from Russia, has been modeling since the age of 4, and has already had fashion collaborations with some of the greatest designer brands such as Roberto Cavalli and Benetton. And she's already graced the front cover of the prestigious Vogue Bambini.
But it isn't her career that has landed the most beautiful girl in the world in the middle of a controversy. Instead, it's some recent photos posted to the child's Instagram and Facebook account, both of which are maintained by Kristina's mother. The photos have some accusing Kristina's mother of turning her child into "a pedophile's dream."
The photos don't appear to be overly provocative -- one shows 9-year-old Kristina wearing shorts while playing badminton. Another photo shows her wearing pajamas that leave her legs bare.
"My child would never ever ever ever ever wear shorts this tight and small ever," one user posted.
Another wrote, "Parents like you are the reason why girls grow up to have many issues... also there are so many sick people out [there] that look at these in sexual ways."
Yet, even though the shot of the world's most beautiful girl are not intentionally provocative, a quick perusal of comments left on the girl's social media pages do indicate that there may be some reason for concern, with sexualized references to the length of the 9-year-old's legs, as well as referring to the child as "a babe."
Kristina's mother did point out a set of rules for her daughter's followers on the social media accounts.
"All the content shared on this page should be kid friendly," the set of rules on Facebook says. "Any video or pictures posted here that is not appropriate for Kristina's age will be deleted and whoever posted it will be blocked."
She also added that fans are not to use any of Kristina's photos for "role-playing" and that any negative comments, or comments not posted in either English or Russian, would be deleted.
What do you think? Should the mother of a girl who has been dubbed "the most beautiful girl in the world" before she is even a teenager be more protective of her child's image being made public? Or is the mother right not to let pedophiles limit the exposure that her child may need to succeed as the world's youngest super model?
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[Images via Elite Daily]