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Behati Prinsloo: Models aren't looked after

Behati Prinsloo says there is "no one" who looks after young models.

The fashion star was discovered when she was 15 and has gone on to become one of the faces of Victoria's Secret brand PINK.

She worries about young girls starting out in the industry nowadays as she doesn't feel there is enough support available.

"There's no one that looks after models," she told Fashionista.com. "There's nothing that looks after us. There's no one that helps models figure out what they should do, or help them with their money, and it's especially hard for underage models. You have to figure it out on your own."

The 22-year-old explained the first few jobs can be tough for young models. They are often treated as grown-ups even though they have no experience of being away from home or caring for themselves.

"You're 16 and thrown into this world of adults, and you have to be an adult," she explained. "You have to deal with everything, you have to deal with your money and with rejection. You grow up really quick. It's very stressful, it's a lot of travelling, a lot of time away from family, a lot of dealing with stuff you shouldn't be dealing with at that age."

Behati thinks it would be beneficial for young girls who are talent scouted to be encouraged to finish school before starting their careers.

It's an idea which is backed by model Coco Rocha and by the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) whose guidelines suggested designers should only use girls over the age of 16.

"Maybe start off that everyone has to finish school and that you don't move away from home right away and there are more restrictions on hours," Behati mused.

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