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Danielle Cohn’s True Age Debate Raises Safety Concerns Over Teen Influencers

The debate over the real age of US social media star Danielle Cohn has raised concerns, not just over the appropriateness of the pictures she shares, but over the ethics of the brands collaborating with her and the laws protecting teenage influencers on the internet.

Danielle has 3.8 million Instagram followers and over 1.4 million subscribers on YouTube. She rose to fame in 2015 on social media app TikTok, where her fans currently count 13.1 million.

Since then Danielle has grown a large portfolio of sponsorship deals and often posts sponsored images of herself posing provocatively in bikinis, crop tops, and lingerie-style bodysuits.

Danielle, describing herself as a “15-year-old American actress, model, social media sensation,” attracted national notoriety earlier this year after faking a Las Vegas wedding and pregnancy announcement with her 17-year-old ex-boyfriend Mikey Tua, who is also a social media influencer. In July, a few months after the scandalous series of videos, Mikey’s parents took control of his Instagram account and posted that they were alarmed about Danielle’s true age.

“After some sensitive information was brought to my attention about Danielle, we no longer support Mikey and Danielle’s relationship,” Mikey’s mother Katie wrote via Mikey’s Instagram stories. Mikey’s father also posted a statement saying his son wanted to become emancipated from his parents. “I understand that, but his emancipation can give him prison time. Dani is not 15,” he wrote.

This statement has recently been confirmed by Danielle’s own father. Dustin Cohn, who is separated from Danielle’s mother and manager Jennifer, took to his Facebook page last week and revealed that his daughter is actually 13 years old.

“Danielle is 13. I have never liked Danielle being on social media especially when she started at such an early age,” he wrote in a lengthy post, noting that he had never given his approval for the teenager to do any ads, promotions or shows.

Dustin, who had previously released a document which he claimed was her birth certificate from 2006, went on to attack the social media platforms and brands his daughter works with: “Instagram, YouTube, Fashion Nova, Buzzfeed, Universal, Target, Bang Energy Drinks, and the State of California are ok with child exploitation, obviously.”

Dustin added he had approached the social media platforms directly to ask to remove particularly revealing photos but they “ignored” him while “making money off exploiting” his daughter. He had also contacted the police and child services in California to express his concerns, but the system had “failed” him.

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