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(From left to right) Models Yasmin Wijnaldum, Kaia Gerber, Vittoria Ceretti, and Mica Arganaraz in the Vogue and Warhol collections by Gianni Versace, recreated for Versace Spring 2018 tribute show at Milan Fashion Week. Indigital

Cindy Crawford has defended her decision to let her daughter, Kaia Gerber, make her runway debut just days after turning 16, the legal age required of models.

“In some ways, I wish I could have pushed it off a year or two,” the runway veteran told The Associated Press. “But she’s 16. That’s how old I was when I started, which is young, but in fashion that’s kind of the normal age when people start.”

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Kaia Gerber backstage at Alexander Wang Spring 2018. Indigital

Gerber might have been the breakout star of the season, making her debut for Calvin Klein and opening for Chanel, but she’s still a child in Casa Crawford. “My daughter just got her driver’s license,” her mother revealed. “I’m a lot more concerned about her driving by herself than her entering the world of modeling.”

Of allowing both Kaia and her brother, Presley, to follow in their mother’s footsteps, Crawford said: “The great thing for my kids is that I know a lot about that world. I feel like: Who better to help guide them than me?”

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Carla Bruni, Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, and Helena Christensen in metal mesh Fall 1994-inspired Versace dresses. Versace Spring 2018. Indigital

Did it feel odd modeling alongside her daughter in the Versace Spring 2018 spectacular (which saw the original supers join forces to celebrate the life and work of Gianni Versace)?

“I didn’t know my daughter was doing that show,” Crawford said. “The models themselves do not really get booked until the day before or two days before. And finally Kaia got booked for it, and I said, ‘You know I am doing that show, right?’”

“She’s like, ‘Wait, do we have to walk down together?’ I said, ‘No. I don’t even want to walk down with you. I’m going to walk down with the ladies that are my age. You can go with the girls that are your age.’”

See Kaia Gerber’s burgeoning runway CV below.

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