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Heidi Klum Says Her 16-Year-Old Lookalike Daughter Wants to Model

Heidi Klum says her teenage daughter, Leni, is expressing interest in a modeling career.

Heidi Klum has revealed that her oldest daughter, 16-year-old Leni Klum, wants to become the world's next top model. In a new interview with People, the 47-year-old supermodel revealed that her daughter has catwalk aspirations. "She kind of comes [on set] and looks and learns not just what I do but also what all the different people are doing on a TV set. I think it's very interesting to her," Klum said about her daughter, formally known as Helene Boshoven Samuel. "When you're that age, you're still trying to figure out who you are, what you want to be, and kind of see for the first time what are all these different jobs to make a TV show happen. She does want to do what I do." Read on for more on what Heidi Klum thinks about her daughter entering the modeling world, and for another star taking after their mom, check out Kate Moss' 18-Year-Old Daughter Just Made Her Runway Debut.

While she has kept her daughter out of the limelight, Klum believes she is now ready to shine. "She's old enough now. I always thought she was too young. We always also decided to keep the children out of the public eye. But she's driving a car now, she's 16, so I figured if you can do that, you can also model now if this is what you wish to do," she continued.

"Who knows, maybe in five years when I'm not hosting the show anymore maybe it's going to be like Germany's Next Top Model by Leni Klum instead of Heidi Klum. Who knows," she explained. "She's kind of playing with this idea."


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While Klum will support whatever career Leni chooses to pursue, she says she won't apply any pressure on her. "Obviously, as a mother, [I want my] child to do what she wants to do. The industry is great and I love it and I've been in it for over 20 years but it's also, it's a lot of traveling, it's different," she said. "You have to be a strong person, especially as a woman, you have to be very strong."

Leni isn't the only child of a famous supermodel who is inspired by their parent's career choice. Here are other celebrity kids who have followed in their moms' modeling footsteps. And for more offspring who bear a striking resemblance to their famous parents, here are 25 Celebrity Kids Who Look Just Like Their Parents.

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Kaia and Presley Gerber

Kaia and Presley Gerber

Cindy Crawford is one of the most famous supermodels of all time, dominating the catwalk in the 1990s when she was in her 20s. Now, her two children with husband Rande Gerber, Kaia Gerber and Presley Gerber, are also getting paid to strike a pose. While 19-year-old Kaia has quickly become a supermodel in her own right, her older brother, who's 21, has also been featured in major campaigns and walked the runway for a slew of top designers. And for more famous kids way back when, check out 19 Celebrity Kids on Their First Red Carpet.

Gigi, Anwar, and Bella Hadid

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Yolanda Hadid's three children, Gigi, Anwar, and Bella Hadid—who are 25, 21, and 24 years old respectively—have all established themselves in the modeling industry. The sibling trio are all Fashion Week regulars and are continuously featured in international ad campaigns. And for more on what their mom is up to these days, check out The Most Famous Real Housewives, Then and Now.

Damian Hurley

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Damian Hurley, Elizabeth Hurley's son with the late Steven Bing, got his career started acting on the E! series The Royals in 2016. At 17, he signed a one-year exclusive modeling contract with photographer Steven Meisel and was featured in Pat McGrath's inclusive cosmetics line Skin Fetish Sublime Perfection, per Women's Wear Daily. In 2020, he signed with IMG. And for more regular celebrity news delivered right to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.

Lila Grace Moss Hack 

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Kate Moss was the most sought after model in the early 1990s, epitomizing the grunge era. Now, her 18-year-old daughter, Lila Grace Moss Hack, with ex Jefferson Hack, is perfecting her own pose. While she started modeling in print campaigns when she was just 14, the made her runway debut this fall, opening and closing the show for Miu Miu. And for more stars whose kids are modeling successes, check out Pierce Brosnan's Model Sons Will Totally Remind You of Their Dad.

Lily-Rose Depp

Lily-Rose Depp
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Vanessa Paradis was one of the world's top models in the 1990s, hooking up with Johnny Depp after his split from the aforementioned Ms. Moss. It didn't take long for Paradis' and Depp's daughter, Lily-Rose Depp, to find her own way in the high fashion world. At just 15, she was chosen by Karl Lagerfeld to be the face of the Chanel fragrance, Chanel No. 5 L'Eau. However, now 21, the young star is focusing on her acting career. And for more on the era her parents reigned supreme in, check out The Biggest '90s TV Teen Idols, Then and Now.

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