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Marc Jacobs Ignores Age Limit, Uses 14-Year-Old Runway Models

Chris Moore/Catwalking/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- While his fall 2012 collection receives praise, Marc Jacobs has come under fire after opting to use two 14-year-old models in his show Monday.

Jacobs sent 14-year-old Ford models Thairine Garcia and Ondria Hardin down the runway, despite the 16-year-old age limit suggested by the Council of Fashion Designers for America (CFDA).

Jacobs, who sits on the board of the CFDA, told The New York Times: “I do the show the way I think it should be, and not the way somebody tells me it should be.”

After comparing them to child actors, he said: “If their parents are willing to let them do a show, I don’t see any reason that it should be me who tells them that they can’t.”

The girls have appeared in Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire and Elle magazines.

This comes a few days after Ford denied pledging to use models who were over 16 years old, despite a news release from the CFDA last month that claimed otherwise.

In a statement released Wednesday, Ford said, “While we agree with many of the guidelines the CFDA is working towards, we did not sign on with this particular initiative.”

The statement continued, “We are sorry for the confusion and apologize for not clearing it up right away when it was announced. We take the age and maturity of our models very seriously. We work on a case-by-case basis alongside a prospective model’s parents to make a determination as to whether they are ready to walk the runway. In most cases, the answer is no. But a select few demonstrate the know-how and maturity that are necessary to work earlier than they otherwise would.”

Some argue that the large, fluffy hats and over-sized clothes Jacobs sent down the runway didn’t warrant breaking CFDA guidelines, when the model’s faces were barely recognizable amid the fabric.

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Dakota Fanning's Perfume Print Ad Pulled for Being Too Suggestive

Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic(LONDON) -- Dakota Fanning's U.K. magazine ad for Marc Jacobs's Oh, Lola! perfume has been deemed too suggestive by the U.K.'s Ad Standards Authority, and it has ruled that the ads must be pulled, reports

The print ad features the 17-year-old actress in a thigh-length dress with an oversize rose-topped bottle of Oh, Lola! positioned between her legs.

The U.K.'s Ad Standards Authority found that "the length of her dress, her leg and position of the perfume bottle drew attention to her sexuality.  Because of that, along with her appearance, we considered the ad could be seen to sexualize a child.”  Furthermore, the ASA said the ad was irresponsible, and likely to cause “serious offense."

On Tuesday, Marc Jacobs released a statement saying, "It was our pleasure to work with Dakota Fanning for the Oh, Lola! campaign.  She is a smart, pretty, interesting, talented young woman and we would never have suggested an advertising concept that we thought was inappropriate."

Jacobs added, "I believe she is also very thoughtful about the projects she takes on and would not have done something that she felt was in questionable taste.  It's really unfortunate that people have taken anything negative from what we believe is a really good campaign and one that so perfectly embodies the fragrance."

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