Heidi Klum’s daughter Leni Klum talks about model mom for magazine cover – SheKnows
Leni Klum has always known modeling is in her blood, but for anyone who assumes mom Heidi Klum pushed her into the industry, think again. It was Heidi who retained her daughter until she was 16 because she wanted her to have a normal childhood.
Leni shared with Rollacoaster Magazine’s Octavia Akulitchev that her desire to model came when she was 12 when asked to photograph for brand Brandy Melville – but mom had other ideas about that request. “I was panicking because I loved the brand,” she explained. “And I was shopping with my mom that day so I was like ‘Mom, please, I’m begging you! I’ve wanted to do this for so long. You can do it, why not me? She said no and that I was too young, and since then I beg and beg.
Heidi finally gave her permission when she was 16 and Leni says it’s a dream come true for her – and she’s lucky to have a supermodel mom give her great advice during road. “She always tells me, ‘Just be true to yourself and don’t let what other people say affect you or change what you do. And it’s always good to say no. ‘ “
Now 17, Leni is thriving in the modeling industry, having recently launched her own fashion line during Berlin Fashion Week earlier this month. Heidi is so proud of what her daughter has accomplished in such a short time, writing in her post-show photo: “It makes me so happy to see you so happy.” And we all know this is just the start of Leni’s career, we can’t wait to see where the industry takes her next as she follows in mom’s supermodel footsteps.
Before you go, click here to see the kids following in the footsteps of their supermodel moms.