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Kaia Gerber on Her Famous Mum, "YOLO Diet," and Supermodel Future

by Amanda Montell

I know what you’re thinking: How much wisdom can a 15-year-old model possibly have to share about beauty, career, and confidence? In the case of Kaia Gerber, that would be an impressive amount. You’ve probably seen images of the up-and-coming cover girl swirling around the internet, likely in the context of her uncanny resemblance to her famous mother, Cindy Crawford. A lot of celebrity daughters are launching modelling careers right now: Hailey Baldwin has been everywhere this year, and Jude Law’s 16-year-old daughter recently starred in a Burberry lipstick campaign. But as the product of one of America’s most iconic supermodels, Gerber’s knack for beauty and fashion is built into her DNA.

This becomes clear the moment I shake hands with Gerber at the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles. I don’t know if I was expecting someone more awkward and self-conscious like I was at 15, but instead, I’m met with the poise of a true professional (and the soft waves, clear skin, and 100-mile-long legs of someone with Cindy Crawford’s genes). The day I interview Gerber, she’s been up since 8 a.m. conducting interviews on behalf of Marc Jacobs Daisy ($90)—Gerber is the new face of the perfume, a feminine, floral scent which I distinctly remember every cool girl in my high school wearing.

“It’s amazing that I get to do this campaign,” Gerber tells me with a smile. “I mean, I was five years old when Daisy came out, but I have been wearing it for years.” I accidentally gasp, and Gerber laughs. “Not since I was five, of course,” she clarifies. "But definitely ever since I knew what it was.”

As shockingly young as Gerber is, she has the sort of relaxed confidence and ability to self-reflect that you’d expect of someone closer to 30. It’s obvious to me that, unlike some kids in entertainment, the career decisions Gerber makes are her own—and she doesn’t mind hanging out with grown-ups all day. “I’ve literally always been a 40-year-old woman in a child’s body,” she laughs. “From when I was five, I would always hang out with my parents and their friends, so I get along with 50-year-olds perfectly. All of my friends have always been older than me.”

Her unique wisdom is what makes our conversation so fascinating. Keep scrolling to hear Kaia Gerber speak, in her own words, about the beauty secrets she’s learned from her mum, growing up in Hollywood, and the next generation of supermodels.

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