What do you think about celebrity kids entering the world of moedeling — either on their own or with their famous parents? Is this exploitation at its best? Or harmless fun?
From the Beckhams to the Gerbers, there’s no denying good genes!
So it’s no surprise that Cindy Crawford‘s daughter Kaia took up modeling at the age of 10. And we were not shocked to see the 10-year-old son of David and Victoria Beckham posing for Burberry.
Take a look at 12 celebrity kids who have made their modeling debut.
Actress Kate Hudson got glam with her sons Ryder, 10, and Bing, 2.
The Wish I Were Here actress, 34, is keeping her kids in the family business by incorporating them into her new ad campaign for Ann Taylor’s Spring 2014 collection.
With art imitating life, the photos feature Kate and her sons on a Hollywood movie set.
In one image, Kate’s blonde locks blow in the wind as she totes her tot — her son with fiancé, Muse frontman Matt Bellamy.
Another photo shows her relaxing in a director’s chair. Ryder, her son from her first marriage to Chris Robinson, is sitting nearby, smiling and holding a film clapperboard.
At the age of 10, Kaia Gerber, the stunning daughter of supermodel Cindy Crawford and husband Rande Gerber, made her modeling debut for Young Versace. But according to her model mom, the now-12-year-old won’t be making a career of it any time soon.
“At this point, she’s too young to pursue a career,” Cindy said. “There aren’t even a handful of jobs for a 10-year-old girl. But if she’s 17 and wants to try it…of course, what can I say? She’s really into singing and acting. She kind of jokingly said—I’m not even sure if it was jokingly—‘I might model first because you don’t have to know how to do anything, but then I want to be a baby nurse.’”
At the tender age of 2, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony‘s twins (now 5) made their modeling debut as the faces of Gucci’s children’s line in October 2010.
Alongside their famous mama, the twins looked too cute for words in their designer duds. “It’s the first time I have worked with my kids in that way,” J.Lo said, adding that the twins “had fun” posing.
In honor of the collection, Gucci donated $1 million to UNICEF’s Schools for Africa initiative and $50,000 to Jennifer’s charity, the Maribel Initiative.
“It’s exactly why I’m excited to be a part of this,” said the mom-of-two. “Now there are two Gucci spokesbabies for a beautiful cause!”
Bon Jovi rocker Richie Sambora and actress Heather Locklear are proud parents to 16-year-old daughter Ava. In March 2010, when Ava was just 12, she made her modeling debut at LA Fashion Week.
The blonde beauty premiered her famous father’s women’s fashion line White Trash Beautiful. Looking beyond her years, Ava was cheered on by her beaming parents as she strutted her way down the catwalk.
“My daughter’s beautiful, she’s gregarious, she’s funny, she’s smart,” Richie gushed. “I’m beyond proud. The only modeling she has really done has been at my shows. That is where we are right now – her priorities are schoolwork and also I believe in maintaining the innocence of children. Before that when she is 18 or 19 she is going to do what she wants to do and I’m going to support her and help her through it.”
At just 6-years-old, Dannielynn Birkhead made her modeling debut for GUESS kids. The shots are seen on billboards as part of the company’s spring campaign.
Posing on the beach in a denim mini-skirt and fedora, the now-7-year-old girl seems to have inherited her mom Anna Nicole Smith‘s love of the camera. The gorgeous girl’s father, Larry Birkhead, said the shoot was a tribute to her late mother.
And who could forget Anna Nicole, who burst onto the modeling scene herself in sexy Guess ads in the early ’90s.
“Dannielynn has always looked up to her mom’s image and . . . I think that this is kind of Dannielynn’s way of paying tribute to her mom in her own special way,” Larry, 39, said.
Larry has raised Dannielynn since the Playboy model’s drug overdose death in 2007; their daughter was just 5-months-old at the time.
“To see her mom’s picture next to hers as a Guess girl and say, ‘Hey, I was a Guess Kids girl, my mommy was a Guess girl,’ that might be her only connection with her mom,” he shared. Still, the single dad said it’s all in good fun.
“My goal for her is for her to be a child and just do what all kids do,” he added.
At the tender age of 10, David and Victoria Beckham‘s son Romeo landed his first modeling gig with Burberry. Following in his stylish mom and dad’s footsteps, the beautiful boy was featured in the Spring/Summer 2013 campaign.
Looking dapper in a Burberry trench coat, the now-11-year-old was all smiles playfully toting an umbrella in the photo shoot.
In a 2010 interview, Victoria talked about Romeo’s flair for fashion.
“I mean, you’ve got Brooklyn, who is a real boy. He’s turning into a teenager. It takes him quite some time to do his hair in the morning before he goes to school,” she said. “Then we got Romeo, who loves fashion. He likes to go out in a suit with a bowler hat . . . and he’s a real fashion lover. And then Cruz just wants to break dance every opportunity he gets.”
At 4-years-old, Anja Mazur made her modeling debut alongside her gorgeous mother, Victoria’s Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio, in a campaign for London Fog.
Alessandra said that Anja had a blast making the campaign: “Having my daughter steal the spotlight is pretty funny and I just love it! I’m so proud of her. She had a great time on set and is going to be wearing all of the London Fog kids jackets.”
The model mom, who is also mom to 1-year-old Noah with fiancé Jamie Mazur, added that her now-5-year-old daughter is already a “fashionista.”
“In the morning she likes to pick out her own clothes,” Alessandra shared. “She’ll definitely be a little fashionista. She has a very strong personality already.”
Proud papa P. Diddy posed with his daughters Jessie and D’Lila, 6, and Chance, 7, whom made their modeling debut at Kids Fashion Week in New York City in October 2013.
“Words can’t explain how proud I am of my young ladies ! There’s no greater feeling #fact,” Diddy captioned a shot via Instagram.
Puffy’s gorgeous girls made their runway debuts on the Swarovski and Ooh! La, La! catwalks. The trio proved they’re naturals in trendy sneaker wedges, high-low hems and a healthy dose of model attitude while their R&B superstar papa watched from the front row.
What do you think about celebrity kids modeling, either on their own or with their famous parents?
If I was a celebrity, I would not want my kids in the biz. Don’t get me wrong, if they begged me, I would let them pursue the path, but not until their 18th birthday.
I feel quite strongly about keeping children away from showbiz and modeling — it just seems like too many child stars have gone off the rails, thanks to the glaring spotlight. Fame and fortune is hard for most adults to maneuver — it’s no wonder many kids have a hard time dealing with the harsh realities of Hollywood.
Or maybe I’m just overreacting?
Is it harmless fun to have celebrity kids enter the modeling world? Or is this exploitation at its best?