Anyone arguing that Kaia Gerber isn’t her model mom Cindy Crawford ’s “mini-me,” should see their high school photos.
The 51-year-old beauty posted an Instagram shot of her and 16-year-old Kaia’s respective class photos (Kaia is on the left; Crawford on the right) and their resemblance is flat-out undeniable. “School pics, now and then,” Crawford write on the Tuesday post with more than 200,000 likes.
Although Kaia’s modeling career was clearly inevitable, Crawford had reservations, telling The Associated Press in October, “In some ways. I wish I could have pushed it off a year or two. But she’s 16. That’s how old I was when I started, which is young, but in fashion that’s kind of the normal age when people start.”
In September, Kaia burst onto the modeling scene by walking in the Calvin Klein, Fendi, Alexander Wang, and Chanel shows during New York Fashion Week .
“Even if there never had been a Cindy, there could still be a Kaia,” designer Jeremy Scott told the Los Angeles Times in October. “Obviously the power of the Kaia is much more because of the Cindy. But she’s a classic American beauty that could have and would have succeeded on her own today. As humans, we’re nostalgic, and that’s just part of our humanity. That’s why it hasn’t waned, that love for [the Supers], that nostalgia; she touches upon that nostalgia in that way. They’re powerful emotions, and I think it’s something that obviously works in fashion but in pop culture in general.”
The mother-daughter models even shared the runway during this year’s Milan Fashion Week , to Crawford’s surprise. “I didn’t know my daughter was doing that show,” she told The Associated Press . “The models themselves don’t really get booked until the day before or two days before. And finally Kaia got booked for it, and I said, ‘You know I’m doing that show, right?’”
“She’s like, ‘Wait, do we have to walk down together?’ I said, ‘No. I don’t even want to walk down with you. I’m going to walk down with the ladies that are my age. You can go with the girls that are your age.’”
The mother-daughter team are clearly close — in September, Kaia paid a subtle tribute to her mom’s iconic 1992 Pepsi ad by wearing a bomber jacket with the company logo. And they often sync up their style whether they’re hitting the town or hosting brunch.
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