10.24.2012

Controversial 15-Year-Old Ondria Hardin to Front Chanel Campaign

15-year-old model Ondria Hardin hasn't been working as a model for long, but she's already stirred up a considerable amount of controversy surrounding her young age. 

When she was just 14, she walked at the Marc Jacobs show during New York Fashion Week, which violated the new '16 or over' CFDA Health Initiative. Several months later, she graced the cover of Vogue China during the launch of their Health Initiative which also follows the '16 or over' rule. 

After her age was discovered and made public, Vogue issued an apology for violating their own new rules. Now, Ondria has been enlisted at the age of 15 to star in Chanel's Spring/Summer 2013 campaign alongside veteran Stella Tennant. Karl Lagerfeld comments that Ondria looks older than her age: 
“She doesn’t look 15, she looks 18 or 19.” 

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