Cindy Crawford Interviews Her Model Daughter Kaia Gerber: "You're so Much More Confident Than I Was"

The iconic fashion figure and her teenager sit down to chat about their careers and how they mimic each other

By Samantha Schnurr Aug 10, 2016 2:15 PMTags
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While Kaia Gerber follows in model mom Cindy Crawford's footsteps, it's Cindy's turn to catch up with the teenage beauty. 

In a new series for Teen Vogue, the catwalk mother-daughter duo sat down for an interview, except Cindy was the one asking the questions of the fashionable 14-year-old. 

"You're so much more confident than I was! I didn't start modeling until I was nearly 17," the iconic supermodel told her only daughter. "You have a sense of what feels right for you. I don't worry about you staying true to yourself."

However, the teenager has had quite the role model to look up to. "I've watched you be nothing but kind to everyone on set, from the photographer to the caterer," Kaia told Cindy. "I'm excited you understand what I've done most of my life. I look back and appreciate it all—traveling, connecting with people through photography. You're having fun but also learning that it's hard work!" the 50-year-old stunner replied. 

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Aside from their remarkably similar physical features, Kaia feels like her mom right down to her movements. 

"When I look at my mom, aside from physical features (of course), we share many of the same mannerisms," Kaia said. "I notice it when looking back on past videos of her. I don't know if it's genetic, or something I've just caught onto, but our actions mimic one another." Talk about couture #twinning. 

Another celebrity interview duo featured in the project was Hunger Games star Amandla Stenberg, who got the opportunity to interview one of her idols, famed feminist activist Gloria Steinem

"Growing up, I've always heard Gloria's name just because she's really important to feminists, but I think I really started focusing on her when I read her work for the first time and was really mindblown," the actress said of the icon. "I'm just really grateful for the opportunity to speak with her."


The teenager launched into a series of questions about feminism, particularly about the unequal representation and attention black women have faced in the longtime movement. "I wonder why then women of color's contributions to feminism have been swept over and in the media it's all white women who are given the credit," she asked. 

"It's just wrong. Once you get it in your head that it's that way, it's divisive. If you and I were at a press conference, they would ask me about feminism, not you. And they wouldn't ask me a thing about racism,"  Steinem explained. "It becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy, but you have to break through that and explain that you can't uproot one without the other. It just doesn't work."

"There's no such thing as white feminism. If it's white feminism, it's not feminism," Steinem continued. "I hope you don't look at the feminism movement and think of it as separate from you—it is you."

The sit-down concluded with one general bit of life advice from the 82-year-old figure. "You're your true self when you're 9 or 10, rebellious and climbing trees. Then that self gets suppressed, but it comes back. After 60, there's this terrific freedom," she advised. 

"I can't wait until I'm 60," Amandla replied, until Gloria noted the error in her statement. "OK, I'm not going to wait. I'm going to live that life now."

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