It's all in the genes
Cindy Crawford’s lookalike daughter Kaia Gerber has just landed her first solo cover for Pop magazine.
Shot by Charlotte Wales, the cover bears the tag line, 'The most beautiful girl in the world?' and with genes like hers, we're inclined to agree.
In the three images released to the magazine's Instagram account, Kaia wears an embellished white t-shirt (Chanel, naturally) and layered gold jewellery. Beauty-wise, the teen has kept things simple, letting the trademark brows she's inherited from her mother do the talking.
Kaia's first major cover comes at the age of 14 - two years before Cindy made her debut.
The rising star appeared alongside her supermodel mum on the cover of Vogue Paris earlier this year, shot by legendary photographer Mario Testino.
At the time, Kaia celebrated like any self-respecting teen would do - by posting the cover to Instagram with the caption 'what is life?!' Her mum followed suit, telling her followers: 'Such a special moment sharing a cover with my daughter!' Oh, you guys.
Kaia's first major cover follows the news of her campaign for Alexander Wang, joining the designer's #WangSquad of it-girls, and her shoot for American accessories brand, Chrome Hearts, earlier this year. She was also photographed for Love magazine by none other than Kendall Jenner.
With a mum like Cindy, it’s surely only a matter of time before Kaia’s modelling career goes stratospheric, so here’s everything you need to know about the all-American girl of the moment.
How old is Kaia Gerber?
Kaia Jordan Gerber was born on September 3rd 2001, making her 14 years old. She’s named after ‘Kaya,’ a reggae track by Bob Marley.
Who are her parents?
She’s the second child of legendary supermodel Cindy Crawford and male model turned entrepreneur Rande Gerber (a close pal of George Clooney, with whom he co-founded tequila brand Casamigos). Her elder brother Presley has also dabbled in modeling, and the siblings have starred in a shoot for Carine Roitfeld’s CR Fashion Book together. With genes as good as these, it would be rude not to...
Kaia joins Alexander Wang's Squad
Alexander Wang has a habit of picking out the coolest girls in the industry to star in his campaigns, so the news that Kaia has joined the line-up confirms her position as a model to watch. Revealed in an Instagram post on Wang's new dedicated account @wangsquad, Kaia joins the likes of Anna Ewers (2015's Model of the Year), Binx Walton and Hanne Gaby Odiele. The full campaign will be revealed later this season.
Her modelling career so far
Kaia made her debut in the fashion world when she starred in the first ever Young Versace ad for the couture house’s kidswear line, aged just 10 years old. Creative director Donatella Versace was gushing in her praise, saying ‘Like her mother, Kaia has a very special gift. The camera really, really loves her […] Having Cindy on-set for the shoot took me back to all the amazing Avedon shoots we worked on together. It was such a special treat watching Kaia walk in her mother’s footsteps!’ Praise indeed from a fashion legend.
Last year, Kaia signed with IMG Models, the agency behind the likes of Miranda Kerr, Rosie Huntington Whiteley and Gigi and Bella Hadid. She’s since starred in a spread for Vogue Italia (working with industry legends like photographer Steven Klein, make-up artist Pat McGrath and hairstylist Guido Paulo) and two shoots for Teen Vogue. Not bad for someone who’s barely started high school…
Naturally, Cindy’s given her daughter some posing hints – Kaia told Teen Vogue that ‘my mum told me to always have a thought behind my expressions.’ Blue steel, this ain’t.
You need to follow her on Instagram, now
Never thought that a 14 year old could inspire a serious case of life envy? Follow Kaia on social media and you’ll soon re-consider. Not only is the budding model the proud owner of the best hair on Instagram (can we share conditioner recommendations, please?), she also has an amazing wardrobe and is never far from the beach.
As well as her adorable gang of teen pals, you’ll also spot guest appearances from an impressive cast of celebs. We’re talking Ed Sheeran, Snoop Dogg, Taylor Swift and Harry Styles (although not in the same picture, obviously).
Kaia’s also the queen of the throwback post. Just take a look at these lovely snaps with her mum and dad. If only our family albums were this photogenic...
She’s super close with her mum, Cindy
We’ve had relationship goals and squad goals, so can parent goals be a thing? If so, Kaia and her mum Cindy are the very definition of #MumDaughterGoals. (Yeah, we get it, it’s not catchy at ALL).
The supermodel and her mini-me are constantly posting cute selfies together, doing everything from hiking to drinking ginormous mugs of hot chocolate to casually hanging out with some Victoria’s Secret Angels, looking absolutely flawless in every instance.
They regularly attend red carpet and industry events together, and even pioneered mother-daughter twinning at the Balmain x H&M launch party last winter.
Kaia Gerber and Cindy Crawford [Getty Images]
As the original pioneer of the power brow (sorry, Cara), it makes sense that Cindy’s also in charge of tending to her daughter’s equally impressive eyebrows. In an interview with Teen Vogue, Kaia revealed ‘My mum does [my eyebrows] because I know I would go tweezer crazy and wind up with no eyebrows at all.’ (We’ve all been there…) ‘I love the look of full brows that aren’t perfectly done – eyebrows on fleek, that’s the goal. My eyebrows are like Miley – they can’t be tamed,’ she added. Kaia, you’ve just made us feel as old as time itself.