Cindy Crawford’s daughter Kaia Gerber shared her thoughts on the “nepo baby” debate raging in Hollywood as she appeared on the cover of the February issue of Elle magazine.
The 21-year-old model and actress, who the 56-year-old supermodel shares with husband Rande Gerber, 60, opened up about the label “nepo baby,” a recently coined term for “nepotism baby,” during the cover interview accompanying the snap. .
“I will not deny the privilege that I have,” Gerber told the outlet.
“Even if it’s just having a great source of information and someone to give me great advice, I feel very lucky for that alone.
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“My mother always joked, ‘If I could call and book a Chanel campaign, it would be for me and not you,'” joked Gerber.
“But I’ve also met great people through my mom who I can now work with.”
Gerber began modeling at age 10 when she landed a campaign for Versace’s children’s and teens’ line, Young Versace. When Gerber was 16, she made her New York Fashion Week debut, walking the Calvin Klein Spring 2018 collection in September 2017.
She walked for major fashion houses, including Chanel, Marc Jacobs and Prada during Spring 2018 Fashion Weeks in New York, London, Paris and Milan.
Crawford and Gerber walked together during the Versace Spring 2018 show in Milan. In recent years, Gerber has campaigned for top designer labels and appeared on numerous magazine covers, including Vogue’s coveted “Big Four,” an accomplishment she completed at the age of 18.
Gerber made her acting debut in the 2016 TV movie ‘Sister Cities’ and starred in FX’s ‘American Horror Stories’ and ‘American Horror Story: Double Feature’. The California native told Elle that acting is now her “main focus.” She explained that she also sees a difference in the impact of nepotism between the acting and modeling industries.
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“With acting, it’s so different,” she said. “No artist is going to sacrifice their vision for someone’s child. That’s not how art is made, and what interests me is art.
“Also, nobody wants to work with someone who is annoying, not easy to work with, and not nice. Yes, nepotism is prevalent, but I think if it was really what people imagine, we’d see even more of it.”
The 2018 Fashion Awards ‘Model of the Year’ winner also shared some career advice her famous mom gave her.
“Be punctual,” Gerber said. “Take the time to learn people’s names and be nice to everyone. If you’re not grateful and happy to be there, there’s someone who would be.
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“Even when I was really tired or wanted to go home or felt lonely, I reminded myself how lucky I was. Another thing he said to me is, ‘I wish I’d written more,’ because you think you will remember forever these incredible moments and one day it’s hard to even know what the shoot was and where and when.
During her interview with Elle, Gerber also reflected on growing up with a supermodel mother and the collective “aftershock” when Crawford walked into a room.
“Yes, the sea parts,” he said. “Especially when I started modeling, everyone was like, ‘Oh my God, your mom is so iconic,’ and I’d be like, ‘She’s my mom.’ “