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Cindy Crawford and Kaia Gerber: same difference

12.07.2018

Nope. It isn’t’ like that at all. Cindy Crawford is like a living Wikipedia of whatever happened in fashion in last 3 decades: as one of the first ever supermodels, she’s been signed by all major fashion labels and brands you can name. Kaia Gerber, at only 17 years of age, has nothing to worry about popularity and modelling career of course, but what is it that makes such close-knit mother and daughter duo so similar and so different at the same time?

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If you happen to browse around and look for Cindy and Kaia in the same headline, you’ll find a bunch of ‘Kaia copies Cindy’s or ‘Cindy and Kaia look identical’ or ‘Every time Kaia looked like Cindy’: the list goes on and on, point is, yes they do have a certain physiognomic resemblance, undeniably, but is that all there’s to say about a fashion icon and a fashion icon in the making?

Resemblance is one good point to get through with: did you know that Cindy at the beginning of her career was also called ‘’Baby Gia’? Gia as in Gia Carangi, one of the first supermodels whose career rapidly declined due to drug abuse, then Aids, that sadly took her away.

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So, nope, there must be more to it when it comes to Cindy and Kaia. Born from Cindy’s second marriage with former model and now businessman Rande Gerber, Kaia is the second sibling: her elder brother Presley Walker Gerber is also a model, yet because Kaia is a girl and can obviously ‘recreate’ her mother’s traits better, she’s got more headlines, all of which about this very piece of information.

Cindy Crawford back in her golden age of supermodels was probably one of the first one involved in a ‘case’ of body positivity: what is Cindy Crawford trademark? Her mole, also known as her Beauty mark. Before  she convinced many women to love it and even draw it in the same place as she’s got it, above her upper lip, she used to hate it dead serious, so much so she even wanted to remove it.

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That wasn’t the only thing she did in pioneering what would later be idolised as ‘self-acceptance’: back then beauty meant healthy, or at least that’s the kind of standard you were up against if one of your colleagues’ nickname is ‘The Body’- aka Elle MacPherson. Hers and Naomi Campbell’s portrayed the image of a body that trains, works out, eats, does things: they were and are strong women made human by beautiful strong bodies.

Married to actor Richard Gere from 1991 to 1995, Cindy Crawford spoke about what it means for her being
a supermodel mother of two centennials supermodels:

I’m really lucky, because I don’t have a #MeToo story. As far as being a mother of two young
people going into fashion, of course I worry. But let’s be honest. My kids are blessed in that business because they aren’t coming in as unknowns. People know that I will come after them if they mess with my kids.

She added,

Look, I’ve done nude photos, lots. The only ones I regretted were the ones that I kind of got talked into. I don’t want my children to ever look back and think, ‘Gosh, I wish I hadn’t done that.’ I want to empower them to just say, ‘I’m outta here

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On the other hand, if getting picked over hundreds models because your mum is Cindy Crawford can work to your advantage, there always questions on how being brought up professionally as well as on a parenting point view by her mum must have been like. Kaia said it in these words in an interview with Vogue:

You know everyone would always ask me, “What’s it like having Cindy Crawford as your Mum?”, and I’d say, “Cindy Crawford isn’t my mum.” She just did a really good job of separating her work life and home life and I admire that most about her. I just admire how down to earth Mum is.

Do you see the difference now?