In 2010, Hailey Clauson was just 15-years-old when she walked the runway for major fashion brands such as Calvin Klein, Louis Vuitton and Versace.
You might remember her for the chaos that ensued after the teen walked in Diane von Furstenberg’s show back in September 2010. Diane, who is the president of the CFDA, specifically suggested to designers that they should not hire girls under the age of 16 to walk — yet Hailey made her way on the DVF runway.
Two years after she took the industry by storm, Hailey found herself losing all the attention when puberty set in and her body became curvier.
“I couldn’t do shows anymore, and no one really knew what to do with me,” Hailey said in a new interview.
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She returned to her hometown of Thousand Oaks, Calif., to take a break and find herself.
“I was like, ‘OK, this is how I look now — I can’t be 16-year-old Hailey anymore.’ It made me understand that I can own myself — if you believe in yourself, then other people around you will believe in you, too,” she explained.
And she’s more than confident in her own skin these days. “A lot of girls are curvier and going for that sexy, curvy thing. I got some meat on my bones and that’s OK.”
In 2012, she caused even more controversy when she and her family sued Urban Outfitters for putting a suggestive image of her on a t-shirt. The item featured a photo of 15-year-old Hailey sitting with her legs spread on a motorcycle. She sued the company for $28 million.
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“It was just funny, because I had so many controversies, but I was the most innocent and good 15- to 16-year-old in the world,” she said.
She has since returned to the runway world, most recently walking in the Jeremy Scott show this season — her first show in two years [see photo above].
“I wasn’t expecting to get cast, but I was so excited,” the 19-year-old told WWD. “It felt good to be back on the runway.”
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