When Cindy Crawford’s 10-year-old daughter Kaia appeared in a photo for the Young Versace Spring/Summer 2012 campaign – people wondered if she would follow in her mother’s footsteps and become a supermodel.
In an interview with Front Row Daily – Cindy talks about Kaia’s possible modeling career and how she doesn’t want to be a stage mom.
She said, “At this point, she’s too young to pursue a career. 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.’”
So how did her daughter get the gig in the first place?
Cindy – who also has 12-year-old Presley with husband Rande Gerber – explained, “Donatella Versace had her PR person call me! Kaia isn’t modeling, per se—she doesn’t have a portfolio or an agent. I think Donatella thought it would be fun because I had worked with Versace so much in the eighties and nineties. She shot with Mert and Marcus, and I thought if she’s ever going to do anything, that’s about as good as it gets. So she did one picture and it ended up going everywhere! I didn’t quite understand how much media play it would get. They were very smart to choose her.”
She added that during the shoot she didn’t want to get in the way stating, “Once she actually stepped on set, I definitely tried to stay back. I could hear and see everything, but I wanted it to be about her—not me.
Donatella kept saying, ‘Come! Stand here by me and we’ll watch on the monitor!’ But I didn’t want to be a stage mom and make her nervous. She knew I was there looking out for her. She’s done little modeling things with me, but it was always with me, and this was just her. And I really wanted her to have that experience.”