Kaia Gerber doesn’t want to be labelled as a model.
The 18-year-old star – the daughter of iconic supermodel Cindy Crawford and businessman and former model Rande Gerber – launched her fashion career in 2017 with fashion house Calvin Klein and has since worked with Versace and Chanel, but despite her burgeoning runway success she doesn’t want to limited in her career.
‘Well, I always like to say, I model – but I am not a model,’ the star told Teen Vogue.
No thanks: Kaia Gerber, 18, told Teen Vogue she does not want a label stamped on her: ‘I model – but I am not a model’; seen on Thursday in the Max Mara show in Milan, Italy
‘Because once you put “a” or “an” ahead of a title, it staples that to you …
‘So, my advice to others who want to navigate new territories would be to not hesitate and just do what would make you proud. Never box yourself in.’
Kaia also talked about her new capsule collection with Jimmy Choo, her second collaboration with the footwear company.
The range features a variety of styles such as boots, mules and the ever-so-popular kitten heel.
Another show: Also on Thursday, the Malibu native was seen with Rianne van Rompaey and Gigi Hadid backstage at the Prada fashion show in Milan
And her modelling experience helped Kaia to create the perfect collection to suits everyone’s tastes.
She explained: ‘As a model, feeling like something is so genuinely you while simultaneously helping others create their vision such a fun experience.
‘When designing this collection, I really wanted to make a shoe that my mom, my friends, or even my grandmother could wear. So, not so much, a certain type of girl – because I needed this to be for everyone.
‘My mood changes every day and my shoes have to fit each mood so I wanted to be sure that I had a shoe to fit each mood.’
At work: The teen talked to Teen Vogue about her collaboration with Jimmy Choo
What’s more, the brunette beauty is hoping she can use her platform to create more collaborations that benefit charities as 15 per cent of all sales from the Jimmy Choo x KAIA collaboration will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
She said: ‘I suppose we will see how this goes. But to be honest, anytime I can get a charity involved, I’d do it 1000 times over. It’s really so fulfilling. If I’m gifted this incredible platform, why not?’
This comes after she took Milan Fashion Week by storm.
She now boasts a collection of ten tattoos.
And Kaia Gerber showed off half her collection on Tuesday, when the 18-year-old runway model shared a topless mirror selfie to Instagram.
Among the five visible tattoos was an inking of two interlocking arms in the shape of a heart on her shoulder which Kaia had done during a sibling tat session with brother Presley back in January.
Ink-redible! Days ago she showed off her growing tattoo collection
Also visible was the image of an angel on Gerber’s ribcage, and the number 23 over her elbow in honor of her Haute Couture debut on January 23 of last year.
On her shoulder was the word ‘prez’ in honor of her big brother and fellow model Presley.
And on her left wrist was a flower design, done during the same Evan Kim tattoo session with her bro in January.
Among her other, unseen tattoos were her middle name Jordan in cursive on the inside on her arm (her first tattoo, which she got at 17 and inked by artist Rafael Valdez), a red anatomical heart by Rafael as well, the word Dad or Dab on her thigh, and a lady with a bird on her elbow by tattoo artist Jon Boy.
She also has a text tattoo on her wrist that reads ‘I know’ with a red line over it.
Kaia has lately been seen various events during London’s fashion week, where she walked for label JW Anderson.
Bonding: Among the five visible tattoos was an inking of two interlocking arms in the shape of a heart on her shoulder which Kaia had done during a sibling tat session with brother Presley [center] back in January
Jetsetter: Kaia has lately been seen various events during London’s fashion week, where she walked for label JW Anderson. Pictured here on Monday
On her left wrist was a flower design, done during the same Evan Kim tattoo session with her bro in January [seen here with the tattooist in her Instagram stories]
Kaia’s showcasing of her various inkings comes just weeks after her older brother raised eyebrows by getting a face tattoo.
Earlier this month, Presley, 20, took to Instagram to share a snap of his face, showing the word ‘MISUNDERSTOOD’ tattooed under his right eye.
During a subsequent Instagram Live video, he explained to his fans what the tattoo means as he said: ‘I don’t feel very understood, I guess.’
He also defended himself against those who believe he has ruined the model looks he got from his parents.
Presley said: ‘If I thought this was going to ruin my face or I didn’t want this, I wouldn’t have done it. I think that’s a pretty obvious thing.’
The inking was done by NYC based artist JonBoy, who has also tattooed Kendall Jenner, Justin and Hailey Bieber and Zayn Malik among other high profile clients.
A minor scandal: Earlier this month, Presley, 20, took to Instagram to share a snap of his face, showing the word ‘MISUNDERSTOOD’ tattooed under his right eye