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
FASHION’S NEW STAR
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.
FAME COMES WITH A PRICE
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.
FANS THINK SHE’S TOO YOUNG
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!!!”
CINDY’S ADVICE TO HER DAUGHTER
‘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?’’’
DESIGNERS FIGHT TO SIGN HER FOR CAMPAIGNS
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
TWO OF A KIND