10-Year-Old Fashion Designer Sells Out

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Yes, a 10-year-old who has her own fashion line.

I know I wanted to be an actress at age 10, but that meant a four-week day camp that resulted in a kid performance of You're a Good Man Charlie Brown. I didn't have my mom calling agents or a high-powered manager who also turned "Kardashian" into a household name.

Cecilia Cassini has at least one of these, and she had her first trunk show at Fred Segal this weekend in Los Angeles. It's not her first trunk show, and it's not her first foray into fashion. The fifth-grader from Encino was also invited to New York's Fashion Week (do you think she knew what Seth Aaron was thinking on Project Runway?) with a camera crew in tow.


The big splash on the fashion scene is mostly a result of the fifth-grader's talent with fabric and a machine, but certainly of note is Pilar DeMann, the manager behind the aforementioned Kardashians who also reps Cecilia.

Two things about this story really shocked me. One, when Cecilia was five, she took her older sister's Betsy Johnson dress and remade it in her own style. Five!!! So this kid's got talent. Wunderkind-type talent.

But the other thing that Kit Yarrow, the author of Generation BuY: How Tweens, Teens, and Twenty-Somethings Are Revolutionizing Retail, pointed out was that most parents are very willing to indulge their children. Our parents would laugh if we came to them and said we wanted to start our own business at age 10, while today's parents sit down and draw up a financial plan.

I talked before about Madonna's prodigy, Lourdes, at age 13, starting her own fashion line and acting career. But that's not much of a shocker from the Blonde Ambition mama. While I strongly believe that kids should be allowed to be kids before being thrust into the adult world of competition and criticism, I do have to wonder what I'd do if my own son or daughter came to me and said, "I have this amazing idea, and here's how I'm going to do it."

Would you let your child start a career at age 10?

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