With an IMG modeling contract and multiple editorials already under her belt, Kaia Gerber is following in the fashionable footsteps of her mother, Cindy Crawford. But Crawford has her concerns as the 13-year-old enters the industry.
“Today models are expected to be so tiny, and I worry about that for her, because that was never my natural body type and I don’t think it’ll be hers either,” she tells The Edit. “Still, I’ll say to her, ‘Enjoy carbs while you can!’ Kaia’s blossoming into such a beautiful young woman and I really want to let her shine.”
However, there’s no expectation to live up to Crawford’s name: “I don’t want her to feel in competition with me, although I’ll tease her and say, ‘You have my old hair–give it back!’ Or, ‘Give me back my legs!’ But she’ll be fine! She’s much more together and worldly than I was at her age.”
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Models today have to be more well-rounded generally, Crawford details: “They had better learn to sing and act, too, because it’s not really enough to just be a model anymore…now they want stars like Kendall Jenner and Taylor Swift. They want people with a following, and social media has helped because models like Cara [Delevingne], Coco [Rocha], and Gigi [Hadid] can have their own voices and talk to fans directly. There are more pathways available to them than we had.” Luckily, Kaia’s off to a pretty solid start.
Read Crawford’s full interview on The Edit.