Harper Seven Beckham, 9-Month-Old Supermodel?
David and Victoria Beckham’s nine-month-old daughter, Harper Seven, has been offered a modeling contract. Weird? Just a little.
And now for your somewhat questionable news of the day: David and Victoria Beckham’s daughter, Harper Seven, has apparently just landed a modeling contract.
Harper, you’ll remember, is all of nine months old.
Is this weird? I think it’s weird, but maybe that’s just me.
But yes, it’s true: Nine-month-old Harper reportedly caught the eye of online babywear store My1stYears.com, who subsequently offered the baby girl a contract to become the face of their brand. According to the site’s “About Us” description, My1stYears.com specializes in personalized baby gifts “for the fashion conscious consumer.” It also tends to be big with celebrities, so we can probably assume that it’s pretty high-end stuff.
Of course, given Harper’s stylish parents, it probably shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that she’d potentially head into the fashion industry; in fact, all of those children have ridiculously good genes, so any one of them could easily become models if they felt so inclined. Furthermore, I realize that babies become models all the time (how else would the baby industry shill their wares?), so the fact that Harper is less than a year old isn’t the weirdest part about this whole wacky thing. No, that dubious honor goes to the letter that the company addressed to Harper.
Yep: The site penned a letter directly to the baby discussing the arrangement. “Both your parents are fashion icons,” the letter reads, “and we can see no reason why you shouldn’t start your own career in the fashion industry even at your young age.” It goes on to say, “Due to child labor laws we cannot negotiate a contract or salary directly with you, that is why your Mummy and Daddy have been copied in on this letter. We are happy to speak with them about your fee; however, we are prepared to pay you a significant amount to be the face of our new range.”
Since Harper can’t read yet (BECAUSE SHE’S NINE MONTHS OLD), I imagine this letter is some sort of formality intended to cover My1stYears’ asses against any potential problems later on down the line (“of course we included Harper in the negotiations,” yadda yadda yadda), It’s also probably an attempt to do something cute. However, none of that stops it from sounding incredibly weird.
Perhaps happily, there’s no word yet on whether the Beckhams are seriously considering the offer. They seem to be good parents as well as good business people, so even if they do go through with it, odds are they’d kept a seriously close eye on it.
I still think it’s weird, though.
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.