At just 12-years-of-age Momoka Kurita made quite an impression when she posed as a “race queen” during a superbike racing event in Japan, last year. Adult men showered her with compliments for her stunning looks, without knowing she was still in elementary school.
Her appearance at the 2016 48th MFJ Grand Prix, in Suzuka, kickstarted Momoka’s modelling career, but it also sparked a heated online debated about age in the industry. While recognizing her stunning looks, many argued that dressing a 12-year-old child in a sexy attire and having her participate in an adult event was just wrong. Most of them blamed the parents, but the now 13-year-old girl claims that nobody forced her into it, and that her parents are just supportive of her dreams.
Following the success of her first important experience as a model, Momoka has already been contacted by a number of major brands, and is currently juggling her studies, modelling gigs, ballet lessons, while somehow finding time for piano, guitar and gymnastics. She’s got a lot on her plate, that’s for sure, which has prompted some internet commenters to say that Kurita is being robbed of her childhood.
Don’t you dare steal her childhood,” one person wrote on social media.
“She’s cute, but dressing up an elementary student as a race queen is just wrong,” another said.
“What’s so interesting about dressing up a child as an adult? Stop it already.”
SoraNews24 reports that Momoka is also auditioning for Tokyo Girls Audition (TGA), a big yearly event aimed at discovering young models and performers.
Momoka Kurita is not the first girl to spark a debate about age in the modelling industry. Three years ago, we wrote about then 9-year-old Kristina Pimenova, dubbed the “world’s most beautiful girl”, who already had an impressive portfolio of clients like Vogue, Armani and Dolce & Gabbana.