In a surprising turn of events, Leni Klum, the 19-year-old daughter of supermodel Heidi Klum, has been making waves in the modeling industry. Despite her mother's initial reservations, Leni's career has taken off, placing her at the forefront of the next generation of supermodels, alongside other famous offspring like Kaia Gerber, daughter of Cindy Crawford.
Leni's journey into the world of modeling began even before she was born. In a throwback video shared by Heidi Klum on Instagram in 2021, the former Victoria's Secret Angel revealed that she was four months pregnant with Leni when she walked the runway at the 2003 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. Klum expressed her love for her unborn daughter, stating, "I loved you before you were born, and I will love you long after I close my eyes forever."
Leni's parentage has had its share of complexities. She was born in 2004 to Klum and her ex-boyfriend, Italian businessman Flavio Briatore. However, Klum's relationship with Briatore ended while she was still pregnant, and she soon began dating singer Seal. The couple eventually got married and Seal legally adopted Leni when she was five years old. Klum referred to Seal as Leni's father, solidifying their bond.
Despite having been exposed to the world of modeling at such a young age, Klum made a conscious decision to keep her children out of the public eye. It wasn't until Leni turned 16 that Klum allowed her to pursue modeling professionally, emphasizing the need for strength in the industry. Leni herself recalled a moment when she was 12 and had the opportunity to model for Brandy Melville. Although initially disappointed by her mother's refusal, Leni now realizes that it was the right decision, and it only fueled her desire to pursue modeling further.
Leni's modeling journey officially took off when she made her cover model debut alongside her mother for Vogue Germany's January/February 2021 issue. Since then, she has gone on to work with prestigious publications such as Harper's Bazaar Germany and Glamour Germany. She has also graced the runways of Berlin Fashion Week and has accompanied her mother to various red carpet events, including the annual Halloween costume party.
While carving her own path in the modeling industry, Leni is also attending college in New York, studying interior design. However, her modeling career hasn't been without controversy. Earlier this year, Leni and Klum faced criticism for posing together in an ad campaign for the lingerie brand Intimissimi. Some deemed it inappropriate for a mother and daughter to pose in underwear together. Leni, however, brushed off the backlash, stating that she was happy with the campaign and had an amazing day with her mom.
Leni has also addressed comments suggesting that her success is solely due to her famous mother's genes and connections. While acknowledging the initial help she received, Leni emphasized that she is putting in the work and time to make her own mark in the industry. She expressed gratitude for the opportunities she has been given and emphasized the shared love she and her mom have for the world of modeling.
Currently, Leni is enjoying a summer vacation in the South of France on her father Flavio Briatore's yacht. The young model was seen wearing a blue bikini with orange detailing, jumping into the Atlantic Ocean with friends and lounging around the luxurious vessel. Leni's modeling career continues to flourish, and she remains focused on pursuing her passion while also exploring her academic interests.
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