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Supermodel Kristina Pimenova, 9, 'most beautiful girl in world'

By JohnThomas Didymus     Nov 29, 2014 in Internet
Moscow - Meet Russian child star Kristina Pimenova, 9, "the most beautiful girl in the world." Kristina is the subject of a raging controversy over the age appropriateness of her status as a supermodel. Critics are alleging that her handlers are "sexualizing" her.
Even though she is only nine years old, Kristina has established a successful career as a model and has a large following on social media. A pretty child with "honey blonde" hair and blue eyes, Kristina has modeled children's clothing since she was three. She first appeared on the catwalk at the age of four, and on the cover of Vogue Bambini at the age of 7. Her clients in the fashion world include Roberto Cavalli, Dolce & Gabbana, Armani and Benetton.
Kristina has more than two million fans on Facebook and about 300,000 on Instagram. Her mother, Glikeriya Shirokova, also a former model, manages Kristina's modeling career. She also manages Kristina's social media accounts, updating her Facebook account regularly and posting photos of the child star to her Instagram page which has over 300,000 followers.
According to Glikeriya, Kristina is not allowed to update her social media accounts on her own. Glikeriya claims she monitors her daughter's social media accounts closely, deleting all inappropriate comments and blocking offending users. She also has a list of rules for fans who wish to post comments to the child's Facebook page to ensure a "child friendly" comments atmosphere.
According to Kristina’s Facebook bio, she "first got started in modeling when she was 3 years old, anywhere her mom would go, people would tell her how adorable Kristina was and tell her to try modeling. Her mom decided to try it out and Kristie soon realized how much fun it was, especially catwalk and fashion shows. She's been having a blast ever since and is still loving every minute of it."
However, some photos posted to her Instagram account, showing her wearing skirts or shorts that reveal her long legs, have prompted comments that critics say are sexually suggestive and thus inappropriate. For instance, a photo showing her at bedtime caused some fans to describe her as "hot" and a "babe," while others commented on her "sexy legs."
This has caused some people to criticize her mother, saying that she is "sexualizing" her daughter for profit. A critic comments about a photo in which Kristina appears in hot pants, writing, "Creepy pic for a child." Another critic comments: "Treating a child like an adult, taking adult style photos is so wrong."
The comment continues: "You are sexifying (sic) your daughter and parents like you are the reason why girls grow up to have many issues… also there are so many sick ppl out their (sic) that look at these in sexually ways."
Another critic writes: "She’s too young! It is gross how the sexually explicit her (sic) at such a young age!"
Yet another writes: "This is so wrong. Yes she’s a model but this dress is not for a girl her age."
However, some have countered critics, saying that Kristina's social media accounts are being properly managed and that any perception that the girl is being sexualized is largely the subjective interpretation of adults based on their own psychosexual awareness, tendencies and attitudes.
The argument implies, for instance, that while a pedophile would tend to view the photos in the light of his orientation as sexually suggestive, a non-pedophile individual could look at the same photos and see only a good looking child. That is, the question whether Kristina is being "sexualized" is "in the [sexual] eye of the beholder."
According to a model agent who spoke with the Daily Mail, "You can say her expression is sultry in her photos, or suggestive, or too mature. Or you can say she looks moody and sulky. Essentially, you're just looking at a girl who happens to be extraordinary beautiful. Perhaps if her face was that of an average-looking child, no-one would be having this conversation."
What, probably, should be of equal concern to critics is the question whether Kristina is engaging in her modeling career willingly or under pressure from her mother who stands to gain financially from promoting her daughter’s career.
Although Kristina's Facebook bio suggests that she chose to become a model because she thought it was "fun," a closer investigation could reveal otherwise. Many child stars, such as Michael Jackson, have later reported being abused as children by parents trying to push them into a career.
According to the Daily Mail, Kristina's father is Ruslan Pimenov, a former footballer who played in the FIFA World Cup in 2002. She has an older sister, Natalia Pimenova, 15, who is studying in the UK.
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