We've written time and time again about the ever-increasing role that nepotism plays in the modeling industry, but no lineage exemplifies the power of genetics quite like Cindy Crawford and her 14-year-old daughter, Kaia Gerber. With an IMG Models contract in hand and an Alexander Wang campaign under her belt, Gerber — who touts more than 402,000 devoted followers on Instagram — is well on her way to following in her mother's supermodel footsteps. It certainly doesn't hurt, either, that the pair looks identical in a way that's almost eerie.
Now, the powerhouse mother-daughter duo is taking their command of the fashion business one step further. On Monday, Vogue Paris debuted its April 2016 issue, and we'll give you one guess as to whom's on the cover: none other than Crawford and Gerber, in a smiley portrait by Mario Testino.
While the mother-daughter pair have posed together previously, this Vogue Paris spread (styled by the book's Editor-in-Chief Emmanuelle Alt) is their biggest joint gig thus far. Gerber appeared alongside Crawford — as well as Crawford's 16-year-old son, Presley, who's also signed with IMG — in a Sept. 2015 Vogue editorial; that same month, the two starred in a spread for The Wall Group's editorial site The Thick. And nearly four years ago, Gerber, Crawford and Crawford's mom starred in a very special Mother's Day campaign for JC Penney. Aw!
It goes without saying, folks, that this is a really big deal, so much so that we imagine it will serve as a major milestone for Gerber's career. Think of it this way: Gigi Hadid, the current darling of the modeling world (and subject of industry nepotism in her own right), first signed with IMG in 2011, but didn't appear on a Vogue Paris cover until its March 2016 issue. But much like Hadid, Gerber was embraced early on by Carine Roitfeld, who featured her in a CR Fashion Book editorial in 2015. (Hadid was the cover star of the magazine's debut issue back in 2014.)
While we suspect Kaia will continue to pick up solo editorials and campaigns with growing frequency, she has two full years before she's even legally permitted to appear on the runway. All this is to say, the era of Miss Kaia Gerber is really only just beginning.