As young women in pursuit of stardom and born into fame and fortune, who better to teach them how to navigate the intimidating world of celebrity than their own mothers? Especially if mom has been there, done that, already.
In the case of these famous mothers and their talented offspring, motherhood is more than just booking playdates and helping with university applications – instead, it can mean talent management, teaching them their best angles, and steering them away from potential career pitfalls. In celebration of Mother’s Day in the UAE, we’re taking a closer look at the special bond between ten supermodels and their super famous mothers.
Dylan Penn and Robin Wright
If you’re a House of Cards enthusiast, you’ll easily recognize award-winning actress Robin Wright for her portrayal of Claire Underwood in the series or from one of her many roles in major films like The Princess Bride and Forrest Gump. However, what you may not know is that she has a 25-year-old model daughter named Dylan Penn (whose father is acclaimed actor Sean Penn), who has starred in campaigns for Gap and Stuart Weitzman, as well as appeared in the pages of leading magazines around the world.
Zoë Kravitz and Lisa Bonet
Zoë Kravitz is the genetically blessed offspring of Lisa Bonet and Lenny Kravitz, and she carries their artistic sensibilities in her veins. Zoë herself is a singer in the band Lolawolf and has toured with Miley Cyrus and Lily Allen. She is also a model who is making a splash in the industry by starring in campaigns for Alexander Wang and Vera Wang, and extending her career to include acting with roles in Mad Max: Fury Road, Dope, and the new HBO series Big Little Lies.
Kaia Jordan Gerber and Cindy Crawford
Kaia Jordan Gerber has her mom Cindy Crawford, one of the world’s most recognizable models, to thank for her killer looks. While Crawford is entertaining the idea of retiring from the modeling industry, Gerber is taking up the modeling banner by starring in campaigns for Chrome Hearts and featuring in Alexander Wang’s new Instagram posse, the “Wang Squad”.
Ella Rose Richards and Lucie de la Falaise
A fashion thread is woven deep into the fabric of the de la Falaise family, starting with Lucie de la Falaise’s aunt Lulu de la Falaise, who was Yves Saint Laurent’s muse for most of her life. Lucie followed in her aunt’s footsteps to become a muse to Raf Simons while he was at Dior. Now, her daughter (and coincidentally, Keith Richard’s granddaughter) Ella Rose Richards joins the fashion world as a model who made her catwalk debut in 2014, when she walked in the Richard Chai show at London Fashion Week. She was also tapped to be the new face of Burberry for Fall/Winter 2015.
Amber Le Bon and Yasmin Le Bon
Yasmin Le Bon was one of the highest-paid models in the 1980s, and has been a fixture of the fashion industry ever since. In the past few years, her daughter Amber Le Bon has joined the modeling industry, walking the runway and starring in campaigns for Redken and Forever 21. The younger Le Bon also moonlights as a DJ – you can catch her spinning at invite-only fashion parties for brands like Gucci.
Lily-Rose Depp and Vanessa Paradis
Vanessa Paradis – successful model, actress, and musician – is also the mother to Chanel brand ambassador and “It” girl Lily-Rose Depp. The 17-year-old is following in her mother’s footsteps, modeling and recently acting in the film Yoga Hosers. Who knows? Maybe singing is the talent that she will develop next. With mom’s guidance, Depp is poised for success, not matter what she does.
Gigi Hadid, Bella Hadid, and Yolanda Foster
When your mother is Yolanda Foster – a beautiful former TV presenter, model from the Netherlands, and star of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills – it seems like a modeling career is practically written in the stars for you. At least that seems to be the case for Hadid’s genetically blessed offspring Gigi and Bella Hadid, who have both risen to the very top of the global modeling industry during the past few years.
Georgia May Jagger and Jerry Hall
With a famous rocker father (Mick Jagger) and a mother who was the 80s’ biggest supermodel (Jerry Hall), Georgia May Jagger had little choice but to be raised in the public eye. As an adult, Georgia May has chosen to distance herself from her famous last name by striking out on a career of her own in the modeling industry – but good genetics have certainly helped. In 2008, she signed to Independent Models (now TESS Management) and has appeared in campaigns for Chanel, Miu Miu, Versace, Rimmel, Hudson Jeans, and more.
Kendall Jenner and Kris Jenner
Kris Jenner is the ultimate mom and “momager” to daughter Kendall Jenner, whose thriving modeling career comes as the result of her mother’s business acumen. Because of her familial support and famous associations, Kendall has become one of the world’s most recognized models, boasting a social-media following of nearly 77 million on Instagram. She has also appeared on the runway for brands like Chanel and Elie Saab, starred in campaigns for Estée Lauder, Calvin Klein, Balmain, and Mango, and launched her own clothing line with her sister called Kendall x Kylie.