When it comes to ROCKY ,
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.