Kaia’s a su­per­model at 16. Too much, too young?

Kaia Ger­ber opened the Chanel Show in Paris last week, but re­cent pic­tures of su­per­model Cindy Craw­ford’s 16-year-old daugh­ter look­ing thin and ex­hausted have sparked con­cern

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Look­ing ev­ery inch the su­per­model be­yond her years, there is no doubt that Kaia Ger­ber owned the run­ways last week, show­cas­ing the spring/sum­mer col­lec­tions for 2018. She stole the show at Yves Saint Lau­rent, and was the talk of Paris and Mi­lan, with de­sign­ers fight­ing to sign her up for cam­paigns.

In short, she’s the big­gest thing since Gigi Ha­did and Ken­dall Jen­ner. The fash­ion world is hun­gry for a new star, and Kaia is per­fect for the role.

Vogue magazine tweeted, ‘@ka­iager­ber is start­ing to carve out her own sig­na­ture in the style de­part­ment.’ High praise in­deed from the fash­ion bible.

She’s grown up in a fam­ily where mod­el­ling is a rite of pas­sage. Kaia, whose dad is busi­ness­man and ex-model Rande Ger­ber, is fol­low­ing in 51-year-old mum Cindy Craw­ford’s foot­steps – and, thanks to her great genes, has al­ready ap­peared in

Vogue and mod­elled for Ver­sace, where she shared the run­way with her mother.

Kaia’s su­per­model mum rose to fame in the 80s, while older brother Pres­ley, 18, has walked in shows for Balmain, Dolce & Gab­bana and Moschino.

This sea­son it was Kaia’s turn for the lime­light – she walked for all the big names, in­clud­ing Burberry, Coach, Fendi, Fenty x Puma, and Alexan­der Wang, as well as Chanel, YSL and Ver­sace.


Kaia tweeted, ‘Open­ing @CHANEL never in my life could I have dreamt this. @Kar­lLager­feld there are no words to de­scribe how spe­cial this was to me.’

How­ever, on and off the run­way, in front of the world’s press, she looked frail and tired.

Re­turn­ing to Los An­ge­les, af­ter what must have been an ex­haust­ing whirl­wind of shows, par­ties and pa­parazzi, Kaia’s tiny frame cut a frag­ile fig­ure in the ar­rivals lounge.

It’s well doc­u­mented how tough fash­ion week can be. Kaia told Teen Vogue in a re­cent in­ter­view, ‘It can be dif­fi­cult to jug­gle school, mod­el­ling work and a so­cial life.’

Suf­fer­ing stress is not un­usual in the world of high fash­ion, Cara Delev­ingne suf­fered out­breaks of pso­ri­a­sis, brought on by stress, dur­ing busy show times, and once said, ‘Fash­ion Week is hor­ri­ble.

I mean it isn’t hor­ri­ble, it’s amaz­ing. But hav­ing to work that much ev­ery day is. What I find hard is hav­ing to deal with all the peo­ple and all the c**p. It’s when the press and fans are fol­low­ing me most, and it’s when I work the hard­est, so it’s kind of like, f***.’

Un­der the watch­ful eye of mum Cindy, who’s been through it all, Kaia may man­age to re­main un­scathed by the in­dus­try, but it’s a tough world for a teenager – even one with a su­per­model par­ent.


Kaia al­ways wanted to fol­low in her mum’s foot­steps, and Cindy has en­cour­aged her, although she her­self fought parental dis­ap­proval to fol­low the ca­reer of her dreams.

While the sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween Kaia and her mum are re­ally ev­i­dent, re­cent pic­tures of the teen – who’s still in high school – look­ing gaunt and drawn, are a sharp con­trast to the first shots of Cindy in a bikini at the same age. Cindy looked care­free, happy and healthy, and was slightly older, at 17, when she won Elite’s Look Of The Year com­pe­ti­tion in Chicago. That ex­tra year can make all the dif­fer­ence to lev­els of ma­tu­rity.

Be­fore mod­el­ling full-time, Cindy was study­ing chem­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing at uni­ver­sity, but dropped out to pur­sue her glam­orous ca­reer. Brains and beauty ob­vi­ously run in the fam­ily, as de­spite her new­found fame, Kaia told

Teen Vogue, ‘I go to school ev­ery day, and that does come first.’

But Twit­ter fans voiced their con­cerns, with many sug­gest­ing that she was too young for the cat­walk. One said, ‘Kaia Ger­ber is what I call A MODEL. She is un­be­liev­able even though she is re­ally young!!!”


‘My mum al­ways just told me to stay true to my­self and be my­self, and I think peo­ple don’t re­mind girls that enough,’ Kaia told E! News. ‘I think peo­ple might try to change them­selves a lot in this in­dus­try.’

Cindy ac­com­pa­nied her daugh­ter on shoots, and was in the front row to watch her in the Chanel Show, and like any mum would, she’s al­ways check­ing to see if her daugh­ter has had enough sleep. Kaia says, ‘She’s call­ing me through­out, when­ever I am work­ing, and ask­ing me, “How’s it go­ing? Did you eat? Did you get enough sleep last night?’’’


Un­der her mum’s guid­ance, Kaia was signed at 15 for Marc Ja­cobs Beauty, so she is no stranger to the world of big money ad­ver­tis­ing. Fol­low­ing her re­cent run­way tri­umphs, she’s now been signed by Ja­cobs again, and by Alexan­der Wang, too.

There isn’t a 16-year-old girl in the land who wouldn’t swap places with Kaia – but is the price of fame too high?

Aged 14, with her dad, mum and brother, Pres­ley The young su­per­model hits the cat­walk at the Chanel Show

Kaia looked ex­hausted walk­ing through Los An­ge­les air­port last Kaia’s mum Cindy be­fore she be­came a su­per­model


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