The 6-year-old being hailed as the 'most beautiful girl in the world'

Marie Claire Dorking

While most 6-year-olds are playing with slime, racking up points on Candy Crush, or swapping Pokémon cards, Anastasia Knyazeva is busy building a high-profile modeling career that has seen her hailed as the “most beautiful girl in the world.”

Having starred in a number of ad campaigns in her native Russia, Anastasia, who is represented by President Kids Management, has also amassed over 529,000 followers on her Instagram account, which is run by her mother.

Anastasia’s mom regularly posts snaps of her daughter on shoots and fronting campaigns, as well as an occasional behind-the-scenes peek at their lives.

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Anastasia Knyazeva is being hailed as the most beautiful girl in the world. Photo: Instagram

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She is just six-years-old. Photo: Instagram

And each photo receives hundreds of comments about the youngster’s doll-like features and striking blue eyes.

Anastasia, known as Anna, is following in the footsteps of French model Thylane Blondeau, now 16 years old, who was famously named the world’s most beautiful girl at age 6 — and went on to become the youngest model to be featured in French Vogue.

Another young Russian model, Kristina Pimenova, was also described as the most beautiful girl in world at just 8 years old.

The mother of the young model, who is now 11, was forced to hit back after she was accused of sharing provocative pictures of her daughter on social media.

Despite the enormous support on Anastasia’s Instagram page, some followers have criticized the child’s mother for allowing her daughter to have a social media account at such a young age.

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She has also amassed over 529,000 followers on her Instagram account, which is run by her mother. Photo: Instagram

So how young is too young for children to be exposed to social media?

While Instagram accounts for babies and young children are undeniably cute, some experts believe introducing little ones to a world of “likes” could be opening them up to a digital world they didn’t sign up for.

“The problem with baby branding is that firstly you are sharing information about them without their permission, and secondly you are creating a voice which isn’t actually theirs, and this means that people are getting to know you and not your child,” explains psychologist Emma Kenny.

The most obvious danger is that of security. Kenny says, “Sharing pictures, media, and social content online isn’t very safe statistically, and with recent figures suggesting that grooming online is at pandemic levels, protecting your child needs to be a parent’s priority.”

The issue of consent also needs consideration.

Six-year-old Anastasia Knyazeva

Anastasia’s mom regularly posts snaps of her daughter on shoots and fronting campaigns, as well as an occasional behind-the-scenes peek at their lives. Photo: Instagram

Though it’s tempting to share every single moment of your child’s life, it is worth thinking ahead to when they become a teenager and might not be so fond of that shot in the bath.

The fact is that young children can’t give their consent to having every detail of their life posted to social media, so it’s impossible to know what they will think about it when they get older.

“As your child grows up, they may enjoy reading all the sweet comments from nice followers, but equally they will be open to online abuse and analysis, and for a developing child this can be disastrous for self-esteem,” explains Kenny.

And there are some guidelines that experts believe need to be adhered to if parents are thinking of setting up social media profiles for their little ones.

“As Parent Zone’s research with Nominet showed, we love sharing images of our kids on social media, with moms and dads posting on average 11 to 20 images a month,” a spokesperson for Parent Zone explains.

Russian Anastasia Knyazeva

Each photo receives hundreds of comments about the youngster’s doll-like features and striking blue eyes. Photo: Instagram

Thylane Blondeau

Anastasia is being compared to Thylane Blondeau who was previoulsy called the most beautiful girl in the world. Photo: Instagram

“It’s natural for parents to want to show off their children.”

But you do have to be careful, particularly once your child gets older.

“Our research showed that over a quarter of parents (28 percent) admitted they had never thought to check if their child minded them uploading images of them online. That may not be bad parenting and it’s unlikely to harm their child, but it’s certainly bad manners,” Parent Zone’s spokesperson continues.

A teenager in Austria is suing her parents for sharing images on social media, and French lawyers have warned parents they could be violating that country’s privacy laws by doing the same.

“At the very least, be aware that as your child grows up, they may not want their formative years exposed in such a public way,” adds the Parent Zone’s spokesperson.

“Taking down a social media account they never asked for is a small price to pay for maintaining a good relationship with them.”

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