By Paul Chi. Photos: Getty Images.
Like her mother Cindy Crawford, Kaia Gerber, 15, already has the makings of a supermodel. She’s the new face of Marc Jacobs Beauty and has appeared in fashion ads for Miu Miu and Alexander Wang. Crawford’s son, Presley Gerber, 17, has already landed a Calvin Klein campaign and graced the runway for Dolce & Gabbana and Jeremy Scott. For Crawford, watching her children follow her path has been cool and exciting.
“You know what, it’s been really fun for me to see my kids get their feet wet in the fabulous world of fashion,” Crawford told Vanity Fair while attending The Daily Front Row’s Fashion Los Angeles Awards on Sunday to support Presley, who had been named the emerging model of the year. “Now we talk shop. They’re like, ‘Mom, wow, this is hard. I have a 5 A.M. call,’ and I’m like yeah, it sucks. All of sudden they have a whole new appreciation for what I spent the last 30 years of my life doing.”
Crawford’s advice for her teens as they enter the fashion industry tends to be more that of a mother than a supermodel.
“I don’t give them any specific advice about modeling per se, because I feel like the relationship a model has with the camera is different for each person,” she said. “The tricks that helped me may not necessarily work for them or for other people. The advice I give them is more about reminders—like be on time, be prepared, be professional, don’t be on your phone, talk to people, and have fun. . . . They both have good heads on their shoulders, and I’m not worried.”
As Kaia and Presley continue to build their profiles in the fashion world, many fans are quick to point out the uncanny resemblance between the mother-daughter duo. Crawford admits her look-alike daughter at one point didn’t understand the comparisons.
“At first she was like, ‘We look nothing alike!’ And I was like, O.K. Then finally she figured out that’s not such a terrible thing,” Crawford said with a laugh. “The funny thing is, she can imitate me. She’s like, ‘I know exactly how you do your mouth.’ So there will be a time where someone has her re-create all my old pictures. She’s still a little young, but that will be a fun moment for her to mimic me. Hopefully, she will do it with kindness!”
This story originally appeared on Vanity Fair.
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