Kaia Gerber’s arrival on the fashion scene was fated to be legendary. Blame it on her power brows or the covetable mane, courtesy of her mother, Cindy Crawford.
Modeling: Kaia Gerber | Photography: Yelena Yemchukwww.teenvogue.com
Kaia, for her part, has enjoyed quite a meteoric rise at the mere age of 14. After we first photographed her for Teen Vogue, and then again last December, she's become quite the fashion darling. Most models only dream of boasting names like Alexander Wang, Bruce Weber, or Moschino on their résumés, but Kaia is keeping it cool. One glance at her social media shows that (despite being supernaturally pretty), she remains calm and collected through all the industry courtship. Perhaps that's because she has her mom to thank! Here, the model mom–daughter duo talk owning it—on and off camera.
Molly Goddard top and skirt. Ariel Gordon necklace, $385. Scosha cat-eye necklace, $400. On left middle finger: Ginette NY ring.
Cindy Crawford: You’re so much more confident than I was! I didn’t start modeling until I was nearly 17. You have a sense of what feels right for you. I don’t worry about you staying true to yourself.
Kaia Gerber: It has given me the chance to meet such incredible people. Living in Malibu is like being in a bubble, so discovering others that are so different from me has been incredibly gratifying.
KG: I’ve watched you be nothing but kind to everyone on set, from the photographer to the caterer.
CC: I’m excited you understand what I’ve done most of my life. I look back and appreciate it all—traveling, connecting with people through photography. You’re having fun but also learning that it’s hard work!
KG: When I look at my mom, aside from physical features (of course), we share many of the same mannerisms. I notice it when looking back on past videos of her. I don't know if it's genetic, or something I've just caught onto, but our actions mimic one another.
CC: Even though her dad and I have always taken pictures of Kaia, her first real modeling job was for Versace when she was 10 years old. We allowed her to do it because it was with a great team. She loved shooting for Donatella Versace with Mert and Markus. I chaperoned her and I knew besides getting great pictures, she would have fun. Because she didn’t do another modeling job right away, the media falsely said I was pulling her back from it. The truth is, there aren’t that many incredible opportunities for young girls and I only wanted her to have great experiences.
Stella McCartney dress. Lola Hats hat, $155. Christine Lipscomb flower pin, $30. Maryam Nassir Zadeh boots.