So many of today’s top models are nepo babies and we can hardly deny our everlasting love-hate obsession with them. Having the support of a famous family helps them achieve their goals and we can’t really blame them for that.
While the world of modeling is full of nepotism, some of our favourite nepo babies are actually shaping the industry as we know it today. From Cindy Crawford’s daughter Kaia Gerber to Kendall Jenner and Lily-Rose Depp, famous parents are an easy value add.
She walks literally every show, has multiple major campaigns each season, and over a 100 magazine covers, yet she’s only 26. Yes, we’re talking about supermodel Bella Hadid. Born Isabella Khairiah Hadid in Washington, D.C., she started her career when she was only 16 with a commercial project for Flynn Skye. Her father, Mohamed Hadid, is a real estate developer, while her mother, Yolanda Hadid is a former model, while older sister, Gigi, and a younger brother, Anwar, are also models. Bella broke Doutzen Kroes’s record for the most Vogue September covers (5) in one year – China, Spain, Brazil, Australia and Arabia.
Bella’s one year older sister Gigi Hadid started her modeling career when she was only two years old modeling for Baby Guess, after being discovered by the brand’s co-founder, Paul Marciano. She returned to modeling in 2011 and signed with IMG models in 2013. Her big breakthrough was in 2015 when she appeared in the Pirelli Calendar, walked for Marc Jacobs, Chanel, Michael Kors, Jean Paul Gaultier and Max Mara, appeared in Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” music video, made her first appearance at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show and had numerous magazine covers and fashion campaigns.
In 2022, the model donated her earnings from the Fall 2022 shows to help Ukrainian victims of the Russian invasion.
American model and actress, Kaia Gerber is the daughter of supermodel Cindy Crawford and businessman Rande Gerber. Born September 3, 2001, she debuted at Fashion Week in 2017 walking for Raf Simons’s Calvin Klein Collection, and won Model of the Year at the British Fashion Awards the same year. She is the first model born in the 2000s to achieve The Big Four of Vogue covers.
American model, media personality, and socialite, Kendall Jenner is a daughter of Kris Jenner and Caitlyn Jenner. Born in 1995, she rose to fame in the reality television show Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Jenner began her modelling career at the age of 14 with campaign for Forever 21. In 2015 she was listed at Forbes magazine’s top-earning models list, with an estimated annual income of US$4 million, while In 2017 she was named the world’s highest-paid model.
English model and actress Cara Delevingne left school in 2009 to pursue a modeling career, and only three years later she won Model of the Year at the British Fashion Awards. Her grandfather ran both The Evening Standard and the Daily Express, while her godfather was Condé Nast’s chairman for thirty years before stepping down in 2017. Her first modeling job was Vogue Italia editorial by Bruce Weber, when she was only 10. Her long-lasting professional relationship with Chanel’s head designer and creative director, Karl Lagerfeld started in 2012 with the Chanel Haute-Couture spring show. The late designer described her as “different and full of life. I like girls to be wild but at the same time beautifully brought up and very funny.” Besides modeling Delevingne has a successful acting career.
French-American actress and model Lily-Rose Depp is the daughter of the actor Johnny Depp and the French singer, actress, and model Vanessa Paradis. The model appeared on the various magazine covers, and has been the Chanel brand ambassador since 2015, chosen by the late designer Karl Lagerfeld when she was 15 years old. In 2016, she became the face of Chanel’s iconic fragrance, Chanel No. 5 L’Eau.
American model, media personality, and socialite Hailey Bieber was born November 22, 1996 to actor Stephen Baldwin and graphic designer Kennya Deodato Baldwin. She started her modeling career with a campaign for fashion brand French Connection in the winter of 2014, and has been featured in major ads for Guess, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and many more since then.
In July 2018 she got engaged with Justin Bieber, and in November 2018 the couuple confirmed that they were married. Last year, Bieber launched a skincare brand, called Rhode.
Born in Los Angeles in 2001 to famous parents Harry Hamlin and Lisa Rinna, Amelia Gray Hamlin made appearance on Bravo’ The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills alongside her mother. Since the age of 5 she wanted to be a model, and today she appeared in campaigns for Michael Kors, Versace, Alexander Wang and walked in runway shows for LaQuan Smith, Jacquemus and more. The model gained a huge attention by bleaching her eyebrows that helped her stand out among other models.
Lila Grace Moss
The 19-year-old daughter of Kate Moss and Dazed Media founder Jefferson Hack, Lila Grace Moss has already had campaigns for major brands like Miu Miu, Fendi, and Marc Jacobs. The model has type 1 diabetes and proudly displays her insulin pump and continuous glucose monitor (CGM) on the runway. In 2022, she appeared on the Met Gala’s red carpet alongside her supermodel mother.
A fashion model and the daughter of the pop icon Madonna, Lourdes Leon made her runway debut walking for Gypsy Sport in 2018 at New York Fashion Week. In 2021, she starred in campaigns for Swarovski and Marc Jacobs, walked the runway for Versace and appeared on the cover of Vogue. Leon has also collaborated with her mother in 2010 on the Material Girl clothing line, inspired by Madonna’s punk-girl style from the 1980s.
Georgia May Jagger
Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall’s daughter, Georgia May Jagger was born in 1992 in London and is currently represented by TESS Model Management. She made a runway debut at Chanel’s Resort 2011 presentation, wearing the last look of the show. In 2009, Jagger was named Model of the Year at the Fashion Awards by the British Fashion Council. She has also walked for Balmain, Vivienne Westwood, Alexander Wang, Miu Miu, Sonia Rykiel, Thierry Mugler, Versace, Fendi, Tom Ford, Isabel Marant, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, and Just Cavalli among others.
English model and actress Lily McMenamy is the daughter of ’90s top model Kristen McMenamy and Hubert Boukobza. She made fashion debut with a photo spread in the French edition of Glamour, where she appeared as a baby alongside her mother. She was also carried in her mother’s arms at Chanel fashion show. At the age of 18, she was signed with Next Management and very soon after she did a runway for Yves Saint Laurent’s SS13 fashion show, as well as a Chanel runway a day after. Mcmenamy has worked with some of the biggest photographers in the fashion industry including Juergen Teller, Peter Lindbergh, Jean-Baptiste Mondino, Ellen von Unwerth, and Terry Richardson.
English fashion model and actress, Iris Law is the daughter of actors Jude Law and Sadie Frost, while her godmother is British supermodel Kate Moss. She started her career in 2015 with a photoshoot for Illustrated People, and soon after she was chosen by Christopher Bailey to be the face of Burberry’s beauty campaign. She has appeared in campaigns for Marc Jacobs, La Perla, Stella McCartney, Lacoste, Calvin Klein, Versace, Dior Beauty and more.
The youngest daughter of Steve Jobs, Eve Jobs signed with DNA Model Management in 2022 and is already working for major brands. She made her runway debut with the French fashion label Coperni, and graced the October 2022 cover of Vogue Japan. She is the star of Louis Vuitton Fall Winter 2022 campaign.
The daughter of the legendary pop star Michael Jackson, Paris Jackson, besides being a model, is an ambassador for the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation and Heal Los Angeles Foundation to help people in need. She began modeling to grow her platform and draw more attention to activism.