When beautiful model Cindy Crawford gave birth to her daughter Kaia in 2001, everyone probably wondered if the girl would follow in her mother's footsteps one day. Now, 18 years later, the answer to this question is no longer a big mystery. Kaia has become an indispensable part of the world fashion weeks, and her face has already adorned the covers of the most prestigious magazines.
All that bass vs. slender curves
While Cindy still belonged to the era of models with some meat on their bones, boasting seductive feminine curves and a muscular build, Kaia is part of a generation where extra pounds are completely undesirable! Luxuriant cleavages were replaced by flat chests and wider hips by a rather a boyish figure with a wasp-waist. Yes, one could argue that plus size models such as Tess Holliday or Ashley Graham celebrate success in the world, but how many of them regularly appear at World Fashion Weeks? You'd be able to count them on the fingers of one hand - alright, maybe two hands.
However, if we don't consider this aspect, Cindy and Kaia look like two peas in a pod in every other respect - as does their modeling journey.
Cindy Crawford and her lucky coincidence
Cindy was 16 years old when she began to think seriously about starting a modeling career. It was then that her photo happened to appear in the school magazine DeKalb NITE Weekly and stirred much interest. Shortly afterwards, Cindy began working for photographer Victor Skrebneski in Chicago, but the big turning point came in 1986, when she moved to New York and signed a contract with the New York modeling agency Elite.
The first nude top model for Playboy
A few months later, she started walking for the most prestigious fashion brands such as Versace, Chanel, Christian Dior or Dolce and Gabbana and appeared on the covers of almost every fashion magazine. In 1988, she was the first top model to pose naked for Playboy.
From a model to an actress and a businesswoman
Cindy always had high ambitions and strolling down the catwalk wasn't enough for her. The beautiful brunette has made several exercise video tapes, released a series of swimsuit calendars, invested in the Planet Hollywood restaurant chain, and starred in several movies, the most famous one being Fair Game.
Kaia Gerber: Started at the age of ten
If it seems to you that Cindy started with modeling quite early under the then circumstances, then you should make sure you're sitting down while reading the following lines. Kaia Gerber posed for her first photo shoot for Versace at the age of ten! And at fifteen, she starred in the film drama Sister Cities.
Karl x Kaia
Since then, Kaia has come a long way. In 2018, she became the star of a Chanel campaign and, in cooperation with the late legendary designer Karel Lagerfeld, she created a unique Karl x Kaia collection. How many other models can say something like that?
Chanel, Prada… What's next?
Like Cindy, Kaia has become an integral part of world fashion weeks. Prestigious shows for Versace, Prada, Chanel, Fendi, Marc Jacobs, Burberry or Saint Laurent? Kaia has walked them all!
Although today's models (Kaia included) earn fabulous amounts of money, they can but dream of the boom and fame of the models from the 1990s. Names like Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford or Claudia Schiffer will probably be spoken for many years to come. Will Kaia Gerber join them one day?