But does pre-teen modeling lead to stardom — or exploitation? When I saw some of these Web sites I wondered about whether some of them could be considered illegal under child pornography laws. Now I realize that models have been around since there were clothes to strut down the runway. Child modeling, on the other hand, is a more recent phenomenon developed rapidly through internet Web sites that display portfolios of child models. Parents who support pre-teen modeling say that this exposure helps develop these children into better adult models, and earns money for their college education.