Kaia Gerber doesn’t like being labelled as a model.
The 18-year-old began her career at the tender age of 10 and has since walked the runway for the likes of Versace, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs, and Chanel.
But when asked for her career advice to budding young models wanting to get their big break in the industry, Kaia was quick to insist that she was more than just a pretty face.
“Well, I always like to say, I model – but I am not a model,” she told Teen Vogue. “Because once you put ‘a’ or ‘an’ ahead of a title, it staples that to you. So, my advice to others who want to navigate new territories would be to not hesitate and just do what would make you proud. Never box yourself in.”
The daughter of supermodel icon Cindy Crawford also discussed her new capsule collection with Jimmy Choo and revealed she didn’t want to include skyscraper heels in her debut footwear line simply because she doesn’t like wearing them.
“I’m not typically the type to dress on-trend. I’m an ‘if I like it, I like it’ type girl,” she explained. “It was sort of a selfish decision because I’m not big on high-heels.”
The limited-edition line features four styles – lace-up combat boots, western boots, slingback heels, and a pair of slides – and Kaia kept her family in mind when she designed the collection with creative director Sandra Choi.
“I really wanted to make a shoe that my mom, my friends, or even my grandmother could wear,” she shared.
Fifteen per cent of all sales from the Jimmy Choo x KAIA collaboration, which is available now, will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
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