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and the eight films the orig­i­nal story has spawned across 40 years, who would have thought the nar­ra­tive could pos­si­bly have an­other twist to pro­pel it into the next gen­er­a­tion? Fast­for­ward to 2017and Hol­ly­wood heavy­weight Sylvester Stal­lone may need to exit stage right to make way for his brood of beau­ti­ful daugh­ters, who have en­tered the arena with all the brute force one would ex­pect from a fam­ily with a sur­name like Stal­lone.

Meet Sophia, 20, Sis­tine, 18, and 14-year-old Scar­let, born into a Hol­ly­wood house­hold that reads straight from a script (mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar Bev­erly Hills com­pound — tick; movie-star dad — tick; model mother — tick). How­ever, this trio are any­thing but floun­der­ing princesses. Ge­net­i­cally blessed but also keenly smart and deftly com­pe­tent, they’ve def­i­nitely in­her­ited Dad’s work ethic.

“It was al­ways hard­core in the morn­ing,” says a laugh­ing Sis­tine, who walked her very first run­way show, for Chanel, last De­cem­ber and is cur­rently un­der­tak­ing a com­mu­ni­ca­tions de­gree at the Univer­sity of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia (USC).“FROM [when we were] the age of four, Dad trained us to the point where we could out­run, out­throw and out­box any boy in mid­dle school. I mean, we were strong. Ev­ery morn­ing we would do 20 push-ups, 20 sit-ups, we’d throw shot put. He likes that we are not boys but that we are tough enough to beat the boys. I love that I could out­run any guy. It felt so cool.”

The re­sult is a uniquely de­light­ful and con­tra­dic­tory mix of goofy tomboy­ish­ness, smarts and grace, with­out a sker­rick of self-ab­sorp­tion. As I watch them pile play­fully into a fluffy king-sized bed for our shoot — each wear­ing Chanel head-to-toe — they are singing en­thu­si­as­ti­cally to R&B singertrey Songz with a row­di­ness that is at the same time po­lite.dur­ing a pause in the shoot while the pho­tog­ra­pher ad­justs the light, the girls look as if they are hang­ing out at home, en­tirely com­fort­able in one an­other’s com­pany.as the cam­era be­gins to click again, they in­stantly know what to do — con­fi­dently tweak­ing an­gles while work­ing seam­lessly to­gether. If not ap­par­ent be­fore now, the Hol­ly­wood gene is gleam­ingly ev­i­dent in this mo­ment.

“We are ex­tremely close,” says Sophia, the el­dest and most se­ri­ous of the three.“they’re not only my lit­tle sis­ters, but also my best friends. It’s in­cred­i­ble to see them grow up into beau­ti­ful in­di­vid­u­als and I couldn’t be a prouder big sis­ter. Our par­ents were in­volved in ev­ery as­pect of our lives and made sure we had our time to grow up and be out of the spot­light.”

Un­til Jan­uary 2016. Stal­lone and his wife of 20 years, model/busi­ness­woman Jen­nifer Flavin Stal­lone, who co-founded the cos­met­ics em­pire

Se­ri­ous Skin­care, had done a great job of keep­ing their three girls un­der the radar. But upon their ar­rival at the Golden Globes — arm-in-arm with their father, who had been nom­i­nated for Best Sup­port­ing Ac­tor for Creed — the pa­parazzi went into over­drive, with Us Weekly dub­bing them Sly’s “Ul­ti­mate Glam Squad”.this set off a very Hol­ly­wood chain of events, which ul­ti­mately saw the pres­i­dent of the Hol­ly­wood For­eign Press As­so­ci­a­tion per­son­ally call Sylvester and ask if his daugh­ters would be the 2017 Miss Golden Globes — an hon­our be­stowed upon the chil­dren of Hol­ly­wood’s elite.as the first time that not one per­son but three sib­lings were anointed with the ti­tle, the evening pre­dictably gar­nered much at­ten­tion and opened many doors for the girls. Most re­cently, the sis­ters fronted a new cam­paign for Sydney-based ac­ces­sories la­bel The Daily Edited — their first in­ter­na­tional cam­paign to­gether.“it’s re­ally cool that peo­ple are now see­ing us for who we are as in­di­vid­u­als and not just as Stal­lone’s kids,” says Scar­let, the fam­ily prankster, who is about to start high school and is nick­named Baby Gi­raffe be­cause of her clumsy streak.as the youngest sib­ling, she is re­mark­ably at ease with the new-found at­ten­tion (“I was born and raised in the pub­lic eye,” she says), and, most en­dear­ingly, she’s as earnest as a young teenager should be.“i’m such a tomboy — I like video games. I want to be a kid as long as I can be,” she in­sists. “Even though I am at th­ese amaz­ing shoots, I don’t know if it’s my thing.”

She seems happy with the sta­tus quo: do­ing pho­to­shoots be­tween track meets and study­ing hard.“my mum and dad want me to have the best ed­u­ca­tion pos­si­ble and to grad­u­ate from college first. Af­ter that I am think­ing about act­ing, maybe. I love be­ing on­stage and talk­ing in front of peo­ple. I’ve grown up be­ing on set with my dad, but I re­ally want to start my own busi­ness, too.”

Sophia, a con­fessed “book­worm” whose favourite au­thor is Os­car Wilde, also plans to start her own busi­ness af­ter get­ting a de­gree. “For me, be­ing a ca­reer wo­man is im­por­tant. I love to work hard, and watch­ing my mum grow her com­pany in­spires me.” In­cred­i­bly, Sophia has sur­vived two open-heart surg­eries. One just af­ter her birth, when a ge­netic heart de­fect was dis­cov­ered, and the se­cond in 2012, just af­ter she at­tended the fa­mous Bal des débu­tantes in Paris, where young women, usu­ally from em­i­nent fam­i­lies, don haute cou­ture gowns for their so­ci­ety de­but. “That was an un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ence, be­ing able to dance with my dad,” she re­calls of the open­ing waltz that night. “When we stepped out of the crowd to dance, it felt like no one else was there. My dad re­ally em­pha­sises the im­por­tance of soak­ing in ev­ery mo­ment.”

Sis­tine signed with IMG Mod­els two years ago and is steadily build­ing her port­fo­lio with blue-chip fash­ion clients in­clud­ing Chanel, Dolce & Gab­bana and Top­shop. “I’m not even ly­ing — I cried be­fore, dur­ing and af­ter [the show],” she re­calls of her re­cent Chanel run­way gig. “I’ve wanted to do that since I was 15 and lit­er­ally prac­tised walk­ing up and down the hall­way ev­ery day for months.” She says meet­ing Karl Lager­feld was more ex­cit­ing than be­ing in­tro­duced to any other celebrity, and that she’s de­ter­mined to be the best.“dad taught me to ar­rive early, stay late and work as hard as you can in be­tween. It is so sim­ple but it’s so mean­ing­ful, and if you just do those things you can be un­stop­pable.” It seems the next in­car­na­tion of the Stal­lone fran­chise may be the strong­est yet.

SIS­TINE wears Al­tuzarra dress, $17,344; Miu Miu shoes, $1570. SCAR­LET wears Er­dem dress, $7877; Char­lotte Olympia shoes, $825. SOPHIA wears Gucci dress, $6025; Miu Miu shoes, $1380.

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