Kaia Gerber spent the first month after she turned 16 traveling around the world, walking countless runways, and generally taking the fashion world by storm, but Cindy Crawford was less concerned with her daughter's professional debut than with the other big achievement that came with Gerber's 16th birthday.
While attending a charity event near Detroit over the weekend, Crawford spoke to the Associated Press about Gerber's new status as a licensed driver. "My daughter just got her driver's license. I'm a lot more concerned about her driving by herself than her entering the world of modeling," said the supermodel and mother of two (Gerber's older brother Presley, 18, is also a model). "The great thing for my kids is that I know a lot about that world. I feel like, who better to help guide them than me?"
Crawford said her lookalike daughter's following in her footsteps was inevitable. "In some ways, I wish I could have pushed it off a year or two. But she's 16. That's how old I was when I started, which is young, but in fashion that's kind of the normal age when people start," she said.
The 51-year-old also talked about the Versace show at Milan Fashion Week, which featured a special moment where she and fellow supers Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, and Helena Christensen walked the runway before the new generation of models did to pay tribute to Gianni Versace 20 years after his murder in Miami. "I didn't know my daughter was doing that show. The models themselves don't really get booked until the day before or two days before," Crawford said. "And finally Kaia got booked for it, and I said, 'You know I'm doing that show, right?' She’s like, 'Wait, do we have to walk down together?' I said, 'No. I don't even want to walk down with you. I'm going to walk down with the ladies that are my age. You can go with the girls that are your age.'"
Gerber officially made her fashion week debut at Calvin Klein's NYFW show on September 7, four days after her 16th birthday and just two days after passing her driving test. "It was amazing, so exciting," she told W after the Calvin Klein show. "I couldn't have asked for a better show. I was trying not be nervous, and I kind of blacked out once I got out there." Crawford also praised her daughter's big moment. "It was so good. She looked so comfortable. I was so excited for her and she was super excited," she said. "She told me on Saturday, and I told her, 'You know what, sometimes stuff happens—your shoe breaks or you trip. Don't pretend that it didn't happen—you'll feel it. But I knew she was going to be fine."
Getting ready for Tom Ford's New York Show with Cindy Crawford: