On Monday, Coco Rocha posted an Instagram of herself looking Paris Fashion Week-ready with a caption reading, “No one is as excited about red eye flights to Paris as @ioniconran,” tagging her two-year-old daughter, Ioni James Conran, who was also pictured, matching her supermodel mom in black and sitting atop her suitcase.
Now, we know why Rocha, 29, and her two year-old were on the voyage: They were both set to appear on the catwalk in Paris, as became clear when they stepped out in matching dresses on Wednesday on the runway to close Jean Paul Gaultier.
Ioni is hardly the only model scion to take after her mom in taking on the runways as of late: Kaia Gerber, Cindy Crawford’s 16-year-old daughter, has dominated the industry over the last few months, walking a seemingly endless number of shows and getting so close to Karl Lagerfeld they’re now designing a collection together. The difference between Ioni and Gerber—not to mention other celeb spawn like the children of Kim Gordon, Lionel Richie, and Magic Johnson who’ve recently taken a stab at modeling—though, is of course that they’re wildly apart in age, with Ioni beating them all out by well over a decade.
Rocha is currently pregnant with her third child with her husband, the muralist James Conran—something that Ioni actually announced, when she said “surprise, there’s a baby in mommy’s tummy!” in a video that Rocha posted in December. And while she’s only about 13 weeks away from giving birth, Rocha’s bump definitely wasn’t visible in the voluminous, pale blue gown she wore at Gaultier, matching her daughter in elbow-high gloves and a hairstyle extending up into a gravity-defying curlicue, like a chic version of the The Grinch‘s Whos.
Of course, other children have taken turns on the runways as of late, too: Dolce & Gabbana’s family affair of fall 2017 show began with two models holding toddlers in their arms, and quite a few other children after that, too. Ioni is, however, perhaps the youngest to walk who’s already a star in her own right. She starred in a GAP campaign last May, and already has an Instagram account—monitored by “Mom & Dad,” as her bio notes—with 62,000 followers, a number that’ll no doubt climb now that she’s made her runway debut. (Especially if she continues to be this cute.)
See Cindy Crawford, Yolanda Hadid, Kris Jenner, and More Being Proud Moms of Model Children at Fashion Week
Yolanda Hadid got to root on not just one but both of her supermodel daughters at the Prabal Gurung show, where both Bella and Gigi Hadid walked.
But she supported even more of her children for Tommy Hilfiger’s spring 2018 presentation in London, as Gigi opened the show, trailed by her sister Bella and brother Anwar Hadid.
As one of the faces of Fendi, Kendall Jenner has become a fixture on the Italian luxury house’s runway, and her mom Kris Jenner didn’t miss the opportunity to support her during Milan Fashion Week—even as rumors swirled about her other daughter Kylie’s pregnancy.
She also looked like the vision of a proud mom at Versace—fittingly, a show that celebrated supermodels-turned-moms like Cindy Crawford and Helena Christensen, and even had a metaphoric baton pass between the generations as Crawford’s daughter Kaia Gerber also walked in it.
The Dennis Basso show was also a family affair as Lisa Rinna showed up to watch her daughter Amelia Gray model in it with her husband Harry Hamlin and their daughter Delilah Belle Hamlin.
Helena Christensen had more than one family member to support at the Calvin Klein show. She watched front row as both her son Mingus Reed and her nephew Oliver Sonne walked in the show.
19-year-old Sofia Richie has spoken out about how tight-knit her family is before, telling Complex, “As a family we all just got through everything together. We’re all really supportive of each other.” Lionel Richie confirmed that when he showed up at Jeremy Scott’s spring 2018 presentation to watch his model daughter.
Camille Grammer didn’t miss her daughter’s runway debut for New York designer Malan Breton and, this year, she also bonded with her model daughter Mason while making the rounds together at Fashion Week parties.
Cindy Crawford didn’t watch her daughter Kaia Gerber make her Versace debut from the front row. Instead the supermodel watched from backstage, right before she closed out the show with her supermodel ’90s peers like Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer, Carla Bruni, and Helena Christensen.
Crawford has on proud mom duty throughout Fashion Month, traveling with her daughter Kaia from New York to Milan and, most recently, Paris. “You know what, it’s been really fun for me to see my kids get their feet wet in the fabulous world of fashion,” Crawford recently told Vanity Fair.
No doubt this past Fashion Month has been a major bonding experience for Cindy Crawford and her daughter Kaia Gerber. “Now we talk shop,” Crawford told Vanity Fair of her evolving relationship with her kids. “They’re like, ‘Mom, wow, this is hard. I have a 5 A.M. call,’ and I’m like yeah, it sucks. All of sudden they have a whole new appreciation for what I spent the last 30 years of my life doing.”
Cindy Crawford and her daughter Kaia Gerber completed the grand finale of their bonding experience that was Fashion Month when Crawford not only watched Gerber open Chanel, but reunited with Karl Lagerfeld 20 years after she was one of the house’s catwalk regulars, all while posting Boomerang after Boomerang.