Scott Wilson

Parents pay for their kids to be models on the fringe of the children's fashion business

Parents pay for their kids to be models on the fringe of the children's fashion business

Amelia Su-Lin Crawford stood near the corner of the expansive ballroom and handed out coupons to children’s clothing store Little T’s Boutique.

It was the day before the Oscars, and the then-8-year-old child model was working for one of several companies gathered at an Academy Awards gifting suite, where reality-TV personalities and other performers collected swag from businesses while posing for photographers.

In order to attend the event in Hollywood, Amelia’s mother, Amanda Crawford, said she paid $1,000 to fashion designer Tiffany Cooper, the owner of Little T’s.

Crawford, a resident of Corona, brought her daughter to the February event to meet VIPs who might advance...

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