Kaia Gerber is the Living Image of Mother Cindy Crawford

Kaia Gerber

Model and actress Kaia Gerber appeared at Hollywood’s 2nd Annual Academy Museum Gala in Los Angeles during the weekend. 

She wore a classic Alaia black mesh turtleneck top with a deep purple draped skirt. The outfit drew the attention of the netizens. Twitter users note that the mix of Gerber’s silky, bouncy tuck-in and soft, neutral-toned style made her a living image of her mother, Cindy Crawford. 

Crawford was one of “The Big Six.” The group consisted of the 1990s supermodels Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Kate Moss, Linda Evangelista, and Claudia Schiffer. 

The model’s career as one of the most coveted and esteemed American models lasted for 14 years prior to her retirement. She officially left the glam light in 2000. Her daughter with American entrepreneur Rande Gerber, currently 21 Kaia Gerber, was born in September 2001 – two years following her brother Presley. 

Meanwhile, it didn’t take much time for Gerber to follow in her mother’s path. She shot her first campaign for Versace at the age of 10 and appeared in Italian Vogue at 14. (Notably, Presley Gerber also entered the industry briefly in his teens.) 

Afterward, Gerber gained much recognition from the industry. Her career has mirrored that of her well-known mother in different ways. The two have sashayed for Versace, Chanel, Michael Kors, and Valentino. And both have also appeared in several Vogue covers. 

Additionally, they starred on several covers together. 

“Never in my life did I think I would have our professional lives collide like that,” Crawford said in an interview with Vogue in 2019. This is following them walking the Versace Spring-Summer 2018 runway together. 

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Comparisons Between Gerber and Crawford

However, parring between Gerber and Crawford has been there since the start. The people can’t help it. 

On Gerber’s Instagram, all photos starring her mother are usually swamped with comments referring to the younger model as Crawford’s “clone” or “twin.” 

Several media articles noted the times the two looked identical.  However, these moments are most impelling when Gerber wears something of her mom’s style. 

In May, Gerber donned a minimalist Celine halter neck in firetruck red at the Cannes Film Festival. The straps and hue were like a Fall-Winter 1993 Giorgio Sant’Angelo outfit Crawford sported in 1992. 

On Sunday night, the model’s look was full of meaning. It spanned from the quintessential 1990s sheer fabric to her side part and lustrous tresses (known to Gen Z as “Cindy Crawford hair”). Many celebs loved it, including Gwen Stefani, Jennifer Lopez, and Drew Barrymore. 

In addition, her mother praised the label choice. Gerber’s dress was from Alaia’s Spring Summer 2023 collection. The label’s deceased founder Azzedine Alaia constantly tapped Crawford for runway shows from the ’80s up into the ’90s. 

“Alaia was my uniform for many years,” Crawford said in an interview with Net-A-Porter in 2018. “I would always throw in a black Alaia dress when packing for trips because you would never know when you might need that dress.” 

The ’90s style is abruptly coming back, and there might be no stopping soon. The fashion world has brought back iconic trends from that decade.

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Photo: Teen Vogue

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