Cindy Crawford‘s daughter Kaia Gerber, 21, who has followed her mother’s footsteps into modeling, has responded to the ‘nepo baby’ furor.

The showbiz legacy showcased her sensationally svelte bikini body in Celine and Wolford for the February issue of Elle, which she has covered.

‘I won’t deny the privilege that I have,’ she told the magazine. ‘Even if it’s just the fact that I have a really great source of information and someone to give me great advice, that alone I feel very fortunate for.’

Looking fab: Kaia Gerber showcased her sensationally svelte bikini body in Celine and Wolford for the February issue of Elle, which she has covered

Kaia, whose mother achieved international superstardom as one of the iconic Supermodels of the 1990s, said: ‘My mom always joked: “If I could call and book a Chanel campaign, it would be for me and not you.” But I also have met amazing people through my mom whom I now get to work with.’

However she insisted that a whole separate ethos is in effect when it comes to her burgeoning acting career, which includes the upcoming Apple TV+ series Mrs. American Pie featuring Carol Burnett and the percolating movie Bottoms.

‘With acting, it’s so different. No artist is going to sacrifice their vision for someone’s kid. That just isn’t how art is made, and what I’m interested in is art,’ Kaia insisted.

‘Also, no one wants to work with someone who’s annoying, and not easy to work with, and not kind. Yes, nepotism is prevalent, but I think if it actually was what people make it out to be, we’d see even more of it,’ said she.

Family business: The daughter of Cindy Crawford, who has followed her mother's footsteps into modeling, has responded to the 'nepo baby' furor

Family business: The daughter of Cindy Crawford, who has followed her mother’s footsteps into modeling, has responded to the ‘nepo baby’ furor

Candor: 'I won’t deny the privilege that I have,' she told the magazine when the subject of family connections was raised

Candor: ‘I won’t deny the privilege that I have,’ she told the magazine when the subject of family connections was raised

Legs for days: The fashion plate's latest cover shoot was awash with designs by Hedi Slimane for Seline, including a smock dripping with gold sequins

Legs for days: The fashion plate’s latest cover shoot was awash with designs by Hedi Slimane for Seline, including a smock dripping with gold sequins

Bottoms, which has been promoted as being about a ‘lesbian fight club,’ reunites Shiva Baby director Emma Seligman with her leading lady Rachel Sennott.

‘I was a fan of Emma because I saw Shiva Baby, and I was like: “No one has ever done anything like this. It’s so funny, and sad, and real, and touching,”‘ said Kaia.

The film she was referring to was a dark comedy starring Rachel as a college student who shockingly runs into her sugar daddy at a shiva, a Jewish funerary tradition where the bereaved family mourns for a week.

Kaia gushed that Emma ‘has such a strong point of view, and I just, immediately, was like: “What else is she going to do?” Same with Rachel. I just thought she was so good in that, and funny, and real. I’ve always loved her stand-up. Same with Ayo. I was a fan of her stand-up. I’m such a comedy nerd.’

Use it or lose it: Kaia made sure to showcase her vertiginous legs to full advantage, including while going trouser-less in a Celine vest-shirt combo with black go-go boots

Use it or lose it: Kaia made sure to showcase her vertiginous legs to full advantage, including while going trouser-less in a Celine vest-shirt combo with black go-go boots

Oh, say, can you see: The runway staple, who is currently involved with Elvis star Austin Butler, 31, also swathed herself in a flesh-flashing Stars and Stripes frock by Vaquera

Oh, say, can you see: The runway staple, who is currently involved with Elvis star Austin Butler, 31, also swathed herself in a flesh-flashing Stars and Stripes frock by Vaquera

Her professed love of comedy spilled into a major admiration for Carol Burnett, whom she was able to work with on her forthcoming Apple TV+ series.

‘I have no idea what I’m doing there,’ Kaia confessed. ‘It’s ridiculous. Carol Burnett made me understand comedy in such a different way. I never would’ve dreamed that I’d get to work with her. I still can’t believe it happened.’

The fashion plate’s latest cover shoot was awash with designs by Hedi Slimane for Seline, including a smock dripping with gold sequins.

While flouncing around on the beach for the cameras, she also bared her taut midriff in a knit Victoria’s Secret set accessorized with shades and boots by Celine.

Swanking about: Kaia made sure to showcase her vertiginous legs to full advantage, including while going trouser-less in a Celine vest-shirt combo with black go-go boots

Swanking about: Kaia made sure to showcase her vertiginous legs to full advantage, including while going trouser-less in a Celine vest-shirt combo with black go-go boots

Kaia made sure to showcase her vertiginous legs to full advantage, including while going trouser-less in a Celine vest-shirt combo with black go-go boots.

The runway staple, who is currently involved with Elvis star Austin Butler, 31, also swathed herself in a flesh-flashing Stars and Stripes frock by Vaquera. 

While chatting with the magazine, she disclosed some of the tips her Supermodel mother was able to pass down to her for her own foray into the fashion business.

Some of the wisdom Cindy imparted to Kaia included: ‘Be on time. Take the time to learn people’s names, and be nice to everyone. If you’re not grateful and happy to be there, there’s someone who would be.’

Kaia recalled: ”Even when I was really tired, or wanted to go home, or felt lonely, I would remind myself how lucky I was.’

The rising fashionista recalled: ‘Another thing she told me is: “I wish I had written more down”  because you think you’re going to remember these amazing moments forever, and one day, it’s hard to even know what shoot that was, where it happened, and when. And so I wrote it down; I journaled.’

Her latest gig comes on the heels of a social media furor over ‘nepo babies’ in who are said to have gotten showbiz careers because of family connections. 

Maya is one of a massive glut of rising starlets with famous parents, from Johnny Depp’s daughter Lily-Rose Depp to Andie MacDowell’s daughter Margaret Qualley.

Maude Apatow, whose father is Judd Apatow, and Maya Hawke, whose parents are Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman, have shot to fame in recent years as well. 

Madonna’s daughter Lourdes Leon, Heidi Klum’s daughter Leni Klum and Elvis Presley’s granddaughter Riley Keough are also coming up, among others.

The online chatter around ‘nepo babies’ reached a fever pitch in December after New York magazine ran a viral cover story about the phenomenon. 

Dakota Johnson, whose parents are Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith and whose grandmother is Hitchcock blonde Tippi Hedren, was one of the faces on the cover.

Jamie Lee Curtis, the daughter of Psycho actress Janet Leigh and Some Like It Hot dreamboat Tony Curtis, then waded into the debate.

Calling herself the ‘OG Nepo Baby,’ she complained: ‘The current conversation about nepo babies is just designed to try to diminish and denigrate and hurt.’



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