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Heidi Klum says her mini-me daughter Leni, 16, is interested in modeling – Daily Mail

Heidi Klum revealed her eldest child has been interested in following her footsteps for quite some time, after being kept of of the ‘public eye’ during her childhood. 

Despite turning down plenty of modeling opportunities over the years to protect her 16-year-old daughter’s privacy, the mother-of-four believes Leni is ‘old enough now.’ 

‘I always thought she was too young. We always also decided to keep the children out of the public eye,’ the former Victoria’s Secret Angel, 47, told People

Mother daughter duo: Heidi Klum revealed her eldest child has been interested in following her footsteps for quite some time, after spending years out of the 'public eye' (pictured in October)

Mother daughter duo: Heidi Klum revealed her eldest child has been interested in following her footsteps for quite some time, after spending years out of the 'public eye' (pictured in October)

Mother daughter duo: Heidi Klum revealed her eldest child has been interested in following her footsteps for quite some time, after spending years out of the ‘public eye’ (pictured in October)

Model footsteps: Despite turning down plenty of modeling opportunities over the years to protect her 16-year-old daughter privacy, the mother-of-four believes Leni is 'old enough now'

Model footsteps: Despite turning down plenty of modeling opportunities over the years to protect her 16-year-old daughter privacy, the mother-of-four believes Leni is 'old enough now'

 Model footsteps: Despite turning down plenty of modeling opportunities over the years to protect her 16-year-old daughter privacy, the mother-of-four believes Leni is ‘old enough now’

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Leni’s birth father is Flavio Briatore but she was adopted by Heidi’s ex-husband Seal. Her full name is Helene Boshoven Samuel.

Heidi continued: ‘But she’s driving a car now, she’s 16, so I figured if you can do that, you can also model now if this is what you wish to do.’

The wife of Tom Kaulitz also revealed she often brings her teenager on different TV sets to look and learn. 

‘I think it’s very interesting to her,’ the American’s Got Talent judge noted. ‘When you’re that age you’re still trying to figure out who you are, what you want to be and kind of see for the first time what are all these different jobs to make a TV show happen.’ 

Growing up: Leni's birth father is Flavio Briatore but she was adopted by Heidi's ex-husband Seal. Her full name is Helene Boshoven Samuel; pictured in June 2019

Growing up: Leni's birth father is Flavio Briatore but she was adopted by Heidi's ex-husband Seal. Her full name is Helene Boshoven Samuel; pictured in June 2019

Growing up: Leni’s birth father is Flavio Briatore but she was adopted by Heidi’s ex-husband Seal. Her full name is Helene Boshoven Samuel; pictured in June 2019

After revealing her lookalike ‘does want to do what’ Klum does, she reflected on the possibilities, including passing down her hosting duties on Germany’s Next Top Model. 

‘Who knows, maybe in five years when I’m not hosting the show anymore maybe it’s going to be like Germany’s Next Top Model by Leni Klum instead of Heidi Klum,’ she remarked, after 14 years on the America’s Next Top Model spin-off. 

As for Leni, Klum revealed ‘she’s kind of playing with this idea.’

Inseparable: While Klum is very supportive, after starting her own modeling career at 18, she has never sugarcoated the harsh realities of the industry; pictured in April

Inseparable: While Klum is very supportive, after starting her own modeling career at 18, she has never sugarcoated the harsh realities of the industry; pictured in April

Inseparable: While Klum is very supportive, after starting her own modeling career at 18, she has never sugarcoated the harsh realities of the industry; pictured in April

'Who knows, maybe in five years when I'm not hosting the show anymore maybe it's going to be like Germany's Next Top Model by Leni Klum instead of Heidi Klum,' the mother-of-four gushed

'Who knows, maybe in five years when I'm not hosting the show anymore maybe it's going to be like Germany's Next Top Model by Leni Klum instead of Heidi Klum,' the mother-of-four gushed

‘Who knows, maybe in five years when I’m not hosting the show anymore maybe it’s going to be like Germany’s Next Top Model by Leni Klum instead of Heidi Klum,’ the mother-of-four gushed

While Klum is very supportive, after starting her own modeling career at 18, she has never sugarcoated the harsh realities of the industry.

‘You have to be a strong person, especially as a woman you have to be very strong,’ she stressed, after pointing out the travel demands. 

And, at times, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover girl admitted she struggles to balance her online presence and pleasing her family. 

'You have to be a strong person, especially as a woman you have to be very strong,' Klum stressed, after pointing out the travel demands (Leni pictured)

'You have to be a strong person, especially as a woman you have to be very strong,' Klum stressed, after pointing out the travel demands (Leni pictured)

‘You have to be a strong person, especially as a woman you have to be very strong,’ Klum stressed, after pointing out the travel demands (Leni pictured)

Just like mom: The close-knit duo both practiced their breathing, as they did headstands

Just like mom: The close-knit duo both practiced their breathing, as they did headstands

Just like mom: The close-knit duo both practiced their breathing, as they did headstands

Klum, who is also a mother to Henry, 15, Johan, 14, and 11-year-old Lou, said her little ones aren’t always pleased with some of her more risqué posts. 

‘I’m definitely more open with my body and I’m an outgoing person. I am from Germany and I am, you know, I don’t always tend to wear the most clothes,’ she mused.

Despite getting a ‘nudge’ from her kids to be more modest, she joked that she doesn’t listen their advice on how to entertain her more than 7.7 million followers.

Stepping out: Over the past year, Klum appears to have gotten more comfortable sharing snaps of her Leni, including a photo of her driving and a recent yoga session

Stepping out: Over the past year, Klum appears to have gotten more comfortable sharing snaps of her Leni, including a photo of her driving and a recent yoga session

Stepping out: Over the past year, Klum appears to have gotten more comfortable sharing snaps of her Leni, including a photo of her driving and a recent yoga session

She's got the moves: As evidenced by her moves on TikTok, Klum's eldest is an incredible dancer, after years of taking classes three times a week

She's got the moves: As evidenced by her moves on TikTok, Klum's eldest is an incredible dancer, after years of taking classes three times a week

She’s got the moves: As evidenced by her moves on TikTok, Klum’s eldest is an incredible dancer, after years of taking classes three times a week

Over the past year, Klum appears to have gotten more comfortable sharing snaps of her Leni, including a photo of her driving and a recent yoga session. 

In photos next to her mother, Leni is nearly as tall as Klum, who is 5-foot-9.  

As evidenced by her moves on TikTok, Klum’s eldest is an incredible dancer. 

Active: In 2018, the supermodel revealed to HELLO! that Leni 'dances three times a week, 15 hours a week'

Active: In 2018, the supermodel revealed to HELLO! that Leni 'dances three times a week, 15 hours a week'

Active: In 2018, the supermodel revealed to HELLO! that Leni ‘dances three times a week, 15 hours a week’

Dad: Her biological father is 70-year-old Flavio Briatore; seen here at the opening race of season six of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in November 2019

Dad: Her biological father is 70-year-old Flavio Briatore; seen here at the opening race of season six of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in November 2019

Dad: Her biological father is 70-year-old Flavio Briatore; seen here at the opening race of season six of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in November 2019

In 2018, the supermodel revealed to HELLO! that Leni ‘dances three times a week, 15 hours a week.’ 

Klum’s announcement of her daughter’s career aspirations come after she said, in the same interview, she would look into a modeling agency if any of her kids asked. 

However, none at the time were asking, she clarified. 

Close family: Leni is seen here with her mother's husband Tom Kaulitz

Close family: Leni is seen here with her mother's husband Tom Kaulitz

Close family: Leni is seen here with her mother’s husband Tom Kaulitz

Among Leni’s seven posts on Instagram, she included a sweet snap of herself with her step-father, Tom Kaulitz, who can be seen wrapping his arm around her. 

The pair appeared to be close, as she captioned the post, ‘Tom and I.’ 

Additionally, she shared more pictures of herself modeling for Derek Kettela and enjoying nature for her 202,000 followers.  

Comfortable behind the camera: Additionally, she shared more pictures of herself modeling for Derek Kettela and enjoying nature for her 202,000 followers

Comfortable behind the camera: Additionally, she shared more pictures of herself modeling for Derek Kettela and enjoying nature for her 202,000 followers

Comfortable behind the camera: Additionally, she shared more pictures of herself modeling for Derek Kettela and enjoying nature for her 202,000 followers

While she just joined social media in February, Klum has previously spoken about trying to give her little ones a normal childhood, including sending them to sleepaway camp in New Hampshire. 

Klum also likes to give her kids freedom to express themselves, including choosing their own clothes and letting her girls wear high heels, even when they were much younger.  

Two years ago, Leni met her biological father in Italy, after he previously had no involvement in her upbringing.  

Ambitious: Two years ago, Leni met her biological father in Italy, after he previously had no involvement in her upbringing

Ambitious: Two years ago, Leni met her biological father in Italy, after he previously had no involvement in her upbringing

Ambitious: Two years ago, Leni met her biological father in Italy, after he previously had no involvement in her upbringing

Model legacy: These models are following their mother’s footsteps 

Cindy Crawford and Kaia Gerber

Like mother, like daughter, Kaia Gerber has successfully followed in her mother’s modeling footsteps since making her highly-anticipated runway debut at Calvin Klein’s Spring 2018 during New York Fashion Week. 

Beyond simply inheriting the supermodel gene, Gerber has worked hard to make a name for herself, which has landed an impressive runway résumé. 

At just 19, she has already walked for Chanel, Saint Laurent, and Prada, in addition to posing solo on the covers of Vogue Paris, Italian Vogue, British Vogue and more.  

Stunners: Beyond simply inheriting the supermodel gene, Gerber has worked hard to make a name for herself, which has landed an impressive runway résumé; seen in 2018

Stunners: Beyond simply inheriting the supermodel gene, Gerber has worked hard to make a name for herself, which has landed an impressive runway résumé; seen in 2018

Stunners: Beyond simply inheriting the supermodel gene, Gerber has worked hard to make a name for herself, which has landed an impressive runway résumé; seen in 2018

Kate Moss and Lila Grace Moss Hack  

The British supermodel’s only child made her catwalk debut in October for Miu Miu on the closing day of Paris Fashion Week. 

Lila, who entered the modeling industry at the same age as her mother, has also worked on beauty campaigns for Miu Miu and Marc Jacobs. 

Lila is represented by the Kate Moss Agency, according to Page Six, which noted is the ‘modeling firm her mother founded in 2016.’ 

Budding supermodel: Lila, who entered the modeling industry at the same age as her mother, has also worked on beauty campaigns for Miu Miu and Marc Jacobs

Budding supermodel: Lila, who entered the modeling industry at the same age as her mother, has also worked on beauty campaigns for Miu Miu and Marc Jacobs

Budding supermodel: Lila, who entered the modeling industry at the same age as her mother, has also worked on beauty campaigns for Miu Miu and Marc Jacobs

Helena Christensen and Mingus Lucien Reedus 

Mingus, who is with the Unsigned Group modelling agency, made his runway debut back in 2017 for Calvin Klein at New York Fashion Week. 

 He has walked the runway for Calvin Klein at New York Fashion Week and appeared in ODDA magazine. 

In February, he stormed the catwalk in Tommy Hilfiger’s London Fashion Week show.  

Family business: Mingus, who is with the Unsigned Group modelling agency, made his runway debut back in 2017 for Calvin Klein at New York Fashion Week

Family business: Mingus, who is with the Unsigned Group modelling agency, made his runway debut back in 2017 for Calvin Klein at New York Fashion Week

Family business: Mingus, who is with the Unsigned Group modelling agency, made his runway debut back in 2017 for Calvin Klein at New York Fashion Week

Vanessa Paradis and Lily-Rose Depp  

The 21-year-old Paris-born star, who is the daughter of Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis, has already walked for Chanel and was the face of face of Chanel fragrance No.5 L’Eau.

She has also followed her father’s footsteps, by taking a small role in the films,  The Dancer (2016) and A Faithful Man (2018).   

Doing well: The 21-year-old Paris-born star, who is the daughter of Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis, has already walked for Chanel and was the face of face of Chanel fragrance No.5 L'Eau; seen in 2020

Doing well: The 21-year-old Paris-born star, who is the daughter of Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis, has already walked for Chanel and was the face of face of Chanel fragrance No.5 L'Eau; seen in 2020

Doing well: The 21-year-old Paris-born star, who is the daughter of Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis, has already walked for Chanel and was the face of face of Chanel fragrance No.5 L’Eau; seen in 2020

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