As we grow up, it’s not uncommon for family members to tell us we’re beautiful. And while this is a lovely sentiment, true beauty extends far beyond physical appearance. But imagine being dubbed ‘The Most Beautiful Girl In The World’ after a viral photo captures your stunning features.
This was the reality for Thylane Blondeau, who captured the world’s attention at just 7 years old with her striking blue eyes and flawless looks. Now, a decade later, she’s once again making waves with her ’10-Year Challenge’ photo.
Thylane was born in Aix-en Provence, France, on April 5, 2001. Her father is Patrick Blondeau, a former soccer star, and her mother is Véronika Loubry, a French actress and television personality.
Thylane started modeling at a young age and quickly found success, walking on the Jean Paul Gaultier runway at just 4 years old and landing campaigns with Ralph Lauren and Juicy Couture shortly after.
But it was the photo that graced the cover of Vogue Enfants that skyrocketed Thylane’s career and earned her the title of ‘The Most Beautiful Girl In The World.’
While some criticized the image for being too sexual, Thylane continued to thrive in the modeling industry, securing contracts with L’Oreal Paris, Juicy Couture, and Tommy Hilfiger, and earning a spot on the list of 100 Most Beautiful Faces.
Now 21 years old, Thylane has achieved incredible success, including founding her own clothing companies and signing with IMG Models.
But her journey hasn’t been without its challenges. In 2021, Thylane experienced stomach issues and underwent surgery to remove an ovarian cyst.
Despite the ups and downs, Thylane remains grounded and humble, insisting she’s just a normal girl living in southern France with her friends.
As she said in an interview with French magazine L’Officiel, “I do not consider myself the most beautiful girl in the world! When I was little, people always told me. But I did not even understand what they meant.”