Cindy Crawford says she did not open modelling doors for daughter Kaia Gerber

Supermodel Cindy Crawford has denied helping her daughter Kaia Gerber get on magazine covers or into modelling shows.
Supermodel Cindy Crawford has denied helping her daughter Kaia Gerber get on magazine covers or into modelling shows.PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK - Did Kaia Gerber achieve a smooth touchdown on the fashion runway because industry folk could not say "no" to her mum, supermodel Cindy Crawford?

"Kaia had some advantages," Crawford, 53, did concede that point in an interview with Net-A-Porter's weekly digital magazine PorterEdit.

"She is my daughter and people know that. But when people say that I bought her a cover of a magazine, I think, if I was going to buy a cover for someone, it would be me.

"If I could get someone into a fashion show, I would be getting it for myself."

Kaia has modelled for brands such as Versace, Prada and Marc Jacobs, and graced the covers of magazines such as Vogue Paris and Vogue Italia.

But Crawford has intervened to make sure that Kaia will not "crash and burn" on the fashion runway.

"It was a good thing that she couldn't work on the runway until she was 16. There are laws about that. After that, I couldn't really hold her back," she said.

"You hope that all the advice and guidance and role modelling that you did, sticks. That's the stage of parenting when you think: 'OK, hope you can fly.'"

Crawford knows that social media, absent during her peak years, can make, and break, models.

"It's like a hungry little beast, an animal that wants more and more. It's never like, 'Okay, you're good'."

"And all that Instagram posting also opens models and social media stars up to a new arena of criticism. I can't believe how hateful people can be."