Fashion's new It kids have famous parents and grandparents from Cindy Crawford to Bob Dylan

Sofia Richie, daughter of Lionel Richie and Diana Alexander Richie, has 1.7 million followers on her Instagram account.
Sofia Richie, daughter of Lionel Richie and Diana Alexander Richie, has 1.7 million followers on her Instagram account. PHOTO: SOFIARICHIE/INSTAGRAM

NEW YORK (NYTimes) - It may seem as if Gigi and Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Hailey Baldwin, Lily-Rose Depp, Brooklyn Beckham and Georgia May Jagger only recently swept onto the fashion scene, but a new group of celebrities' children are already rising through the ranks.

They're as young as 14 and no older than 23, have thousands and sometimes millions of Instagram followers (because having Instagram is a given) and have appeared in campaigns and shows for the likes of Chanel, Miu Miu, Alexander Wang, Calvin Klein and Stella McCartney.

They've been interviewed by Vogue, W magazine, Nylon and more, and had their photos taken in the front rows of major shows. They have access to photographers and stylists of the highest calibre, and have travelled around the world.

There are now enough of them to qualify as a phenomenon unto itself. Call them Generation Celebrity Spawn. They were famous initially because of their parentage - household names in music, film and modelling such as Jude Law, Cindy Crawford, Lauryn Hill, Lionel Richie, Pamela Anderson and Daniel Day-Lewis, to name a few - and the luck of their genes. But they are smart enough to realise that with a bit of social media effort, they could parlay that start into a career where they are paid to mostly just be themselves. They are ascending quickly and are unlikely to go anywhere soon.

So, for the rest of us, here is a field guide to Generation C.S., ordered by the size of their Instagram followings as of Oct 18.

SOFIA RICHIE, 18

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PROGENY OF

Lionel Richie and Diana Alexander Richie

INSTAGRAM

@sofiarichie, 1.7 million followers

FASHION CREDITS

BTS with vogue Ukraine

BTS with vogue Ukraine

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Richie, who landed a modelling contract in 2014, has appeared in editorials for Elle, Vogue China, Nylon and Vanity Fair China, and was the face of Madonna's and Lourdes Leon's Material Girl fall 2015 collection. "I'm obsessed with Madonna, so it was insane and overwhelming for me," Richie told the London Evening Standard.

NOT SO MUCH OF A DADDY'S GIRL

Though she wanted to build a music career like her father's when she was in her early teens, Richie eventually realised that her real dream is to design a fashion line. "I was begging my dad to get me signed with somebody," she told Entertainment Tonight. "I'm glad he held me off, because I really found myself and found what I truly wanted to do."

CALLING THE SHOTS

"My mom dressed me up until I was eight, and she dressed me really cute, and then when I was 10, I would only shop in the guys' section at the Gap," Richie told Popular magazine.

KAIA GERBER, 15

trip to the desert

trip to the desert

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PROGENY OF

Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber

INSTAGRAM

@kaiagerber, 910,000 followers

FASHION CREDITS

Perhaps unsurprisingly - considering who her mother is - Gerber made her modelling debut for a major brand: Young Versace. Since then, she has appeared in campaigns for Alexander Wang and Miu Miu, and covered Vogue Paris with Crawford. Earlier this month, Marc Jacobs announced that Gerber would be the new face of the company's Beauty line.

GOOD TIME TO BRUSH UP ON MAKEUP SKILLS

Gerber admitted to Teen Vogue that she still can't do a cat-eye: "I haven't really mastered it, no matter how many YouTube tutorials I watch."

WHERE TO FIND HER

Like her mom, Gerber is dabbling in the film industry. She has a role in a recently released Lifetime movie called Sister Cities, alongside Michelle Trachtenberg and Amy Smart.

PLAN B

Despite her already flourishing career in modelling, Gerber has said she would like to study criminal psychology. It's the same degree Gigi Hadid pursued at the New School before taking a leave of absence.

MING LEE SIMMONS, 16, AND AOKI LEE SIMMONS, 14

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La vie en rose 🌹

La vie en rose 🌹

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PROGENY OF

Kimora Lee Simmons and Russell Simmons

INSTAGRAM @mingleesimmons, 330,000 followers; @aokileesimmons, 83,300 followers

FASHION CREDITS

The sisters' big modelling gig was being featured together in the resort 2017 look book for their mom's label, Kimora Lee Simmons. Both girls have been familiar with the sewing machine for years, according to an interview they gave to OK! Magazine. "We know how to drape and design our own clothes," Ming said. "We make our own stuff." Bookworm Aoki owns 3,000 books and often posts to Instagram about what she's reading.

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITY

Aoki and Ming use their Instagram accounts to express their views on serious topics. When Alton Sterling was shot in Louisiana this summer, Ming posted, "The violence is not new, it's the cameras that are new." And Aoki, who is an avid coder, recently posted a quote by Gloria Steinem that reads, "Some of us are becoming the men we wanted to marry."

PRESLEY GERBER, 17

PROGENY OF

Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber

INSTAGRAM

@presleygerber, 164,000 followers

On the bike @calvinklein

On the bike @calvinklein

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FASHION CREDITS

Gerber appeared in the seventh issue of Carine Roitfeld's CR Fashion Book alongside his sister. This summer, he walked in the Dolce & Gabbana men's show and in the Moschino resort show, and was one of the famous faces chosen for Calvin Klein's fall 2016 campaign (previously starring Justin Bieber and Kendall Jenner, among others, and now featuring Bella Hadid, Frank Ocean, Young Thug and more).

With my mama for @vogueparis by @mariotestino

With my mama for @vogueparis by @mariotestino

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HIS SISTER IS HIS MUSE

Presely and his sister share an Instagram account, which is exclusively photos of Kaia shot by Presley.

SPECIAL SCHOOLING

The siblings attend high school in Southern California, but Kaia said they are only required to spend two hours there each day. The rest they do online.

DYLAN JAGGER LEE, 18

PROGENY OF

Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee

INSTAGRAM

@dylanjaggerlee, 74,200 followers

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FASHION CREDITS

In February, Lee appeared in a video for Saint Laurent ahead of the brand's show in Los Angeles. A few months later, Lee, who is represented by Next Model Management, earned a feature in Nylon magazine. Still, he said: "I'm building a brand for myself. I never really wanted to pursue modeling. I just naturally fell into it."

SO WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH HIS MUSIC?

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Lee is working on an EP, a work he said will have nothing in common with his dad's sound. Instead, Lee named Diplo, the Chainsmokers and Flume as some of his influences. Like them, he wants to eventually travel the world as a DJ.

NOT IMPRESSED WITH HIS MOM'S STYLE

Lee, who calls himself a "ripped-up jeans, vintage T-shirt kind of guy", told Elle magazine this month that he doesn't think his mom has much style, which is why he has no intention of sharing clothes with her.

SELAH MARLEY, 17

PROGENY OF

Lauryn Hill and Rohan Marley (son of Bob Marley)

INSTAGRAM

@selahmarley, 49,800 followers

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FASHION CREDITS

Marley, who started at New York University this fall, walked in Kanye West's Yeezy Season 4 show, appeared in a feature in Vogue called 100 Way To Wear Gucci and stars in Calvin Klein's fall campaign. She was also in Proenza Schouler's pre-fall campaign film and in a spread in CR Fashion Book 9. Like many of her celebrity-kid peers, she has been interviewed by Teen Vogue.

WHAT RUNS IN THE FAMILY

Marley released a single on her SoundCloud about two months ago. She told Teen Vogue: "People tell me I have to follow in the footsteps of my mom and grandfather, but it's a lot of pressure - I can't really slip up and mess up the name." Marley, who cites Drake, Bryson Tiller and Erykah Badu as influences, also keeps an online journal.

INSPIRATION

"I'm very inspired by outer space," Marley told W magazine. "I love looking at pictures of nebulas and reading articles about black holes and dark matter - I always tie it into spirituality."

SAILOR BRINKLEY COOK, 18

PROGENY OF

Christie Brinkley and Peter Cook

INSTAGRAM

@sailorbrinkleycook, 47,500 followers

Puffy cheeks and 3 cups of coffee g'morning

Puffy cheeks and 3 cups of coffee g'morning

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FASHION CREDITS

Brinkley Cook, who has had a contract with IMG models for several years, recently appeared in L'Officiel de Couture et la Mode de Paris' 95th anniversary issue. She's also been featured in Seventeen magazine and in Teen Vogue.

BEHIND THE LENS

Photography is Brinkley Cook's passion; she is majoring in it at Parsons School of Design. Her dream collaborator is Cass Bird, who shoots for Vogue, GQ, Nylon and more.

NOT AFRAID OF TROLLS

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A couple of months ago, Brinkley Cook posted a long Instagram rebuke to people who criticise her looks, compare her unfavourably to her mother and write off Parsons as a school that is easy to get into for wealthy students. "First of all - everyone needs to stop putting me and my siblings and me and my mother in competition," Brinkley Cook wrote. "I believe comparison will kill you. Comparison to others is toxic and unhealthy." She continued: "Stop. Comparing. Me. To. My. Mother. Believe it or not I am my own person with my own beliefs and own thoughts and my own face!"

STYLE CRUSH

Rihanna. "She's so effortlessly cool. Sickest street style ever," Brinkley Cook wrote in an email. While she loves brands like Givenchy, Alexander Wang and Rag & Bone, Brinkley Cook sticks mostly to shopping at Zara, Topshop and Urban Outfitters.

GABRIEL-KANE DAY-LEWIS, 21

PROGENY OF

Daniel Day-Lewis and Isabelle Adjani

INSTAGRAM

@gabrielkane, 40,700 followers

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FASHION CREDITS

Day-Lewis modeled in Chanel's fall 2015 couture show and has appeared in the front row at Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana and Vetements shows. He has been on the covers of several European magazines.

ACT TWO

After a not-so-illustrious start in the music scene (Day-Lewis released a widely mocked rap video while a student at Sarah Lawrence College), he is making a second attempt. This year, he released two singles from his "acoustic soul" EP, Every Scar Is A Healing Place.

MODELLING START

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When Day-Lewis spotted Karl Lagerfeld leaving his studio in Paris, he quickly approached him. "I'd met him when I was younger, and I didn't think he'd recognise me because it was like 10 years later and I was blonde," Day-Lewis told W magazine. "So I went up to him - and at first I'm sure he thought I was some crazy fanatic - but then when I told him I was Isabelle's son he was like, 'Oh wow, you've really grown up. You look good. Would you be interested in being in the Chanel show?' Like, on the spot."

KENYA KINSKI-JONES, 23

PROGENY OF

Quincy Jones and Nastassja Kinski

INSTAGRAM

@kenyakinskij, 35,100 followers

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FASHION CREDITS

A few months after Kinski-Jones signed with Ford Models at age 18 (at the urging of her mother), she appeared in an editorial for Spanish Vogue. Last year, she was the face of Calvin Klein Jeans, and starred in the campaign with her boyfriend, actor Will Peltz. And this summer, she joined singer Grimes, Lourdes Leon (Madonna's daughter) and actress Amandla Stenberg in a video campaign for Stella McCartney's Pop perfume.

FIGHTING FOR ANIMALS

Like many models who came before her (see: models reacting to the killing of Cecil the Lion; Doutzen Kroes fundraising for elephants), Kinski-Jones has participated in work on behalf of animal rights. She recently teamed up with Last Chance for Animals on behalf of endangered gorillas in Virunga National Park in Africa, and considers Jane Goodall one of her heroes.

IRIS LAW, 15

PROGENY OF

Jude Law and Sadie Frost

INSTAGRAM

@lirisaw, 34,200 followers

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FASHION CREDITS

Her modelling debut came when she was a little under two years old - in Vogue. Now a little more grown up, Law has a spread in Teen Vogue under her belt, as well as an appearance in Miu Miu's resort 2017 campaign.

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STYLE MISTAKE

Back in 2012, Law arrived at a Vivienne Westwood show with her mum wearing a dress covered in drawings of candy hearts (the kind that appear out of the blue every year on Valentine's Day). The messages written on them weren't so sweet, however: "Get Lost" and "Drop Dead" were among the more innocent variations.

RAFFERTY LAW, 20

PROGENY OF

Jude Law and Sadie Frost

INSTAGRAM

@raff-law, 18,000 followers

FASHION CREDITS

Law appeared in a fashion spread in British Vogue in 2012, alongside singer Pixie Geldof. The next year, he starred in a fashion film for Tiger of Sweden. He made his runway modelling debut in 2014 at a DKNY show in London and walked in the Dolce & Gabbana men's show this summer.

STYLE ACHIEVEMENT

Law, who appears to be a fan of tracksuits (at least according to his Instagram snapshots), made it onto GQ's Best Dressed List in 2015.

NO DRAMA

Law has no interest in acting. "I did feel a bit of pressure when I joined my first boarding school," Law told the London Evening Standard. "In my drama lesson, I think everyone thought: 'Oh God, he's going to be so brilliant.' Then they realised that I wasn't that good, so they just let me get on with it." Instead, he's gone down the musical path, performing with one band called the Dirty Harrys, which appears to be defunct, and another called the Steeles.

HOW HE GOT HIS START

Damon Albarn, the singer and guitarist of the band Blur, is a friend of Law's father. Rafferty used the connection as an opportunity to work for the band while they were rehearsing for a tour. "I tuned their guitars and stuff," he told Mirror.

LEVI DYLAN, 22

PROGENY OF

Jakob Dylan and Paige Dylan; grandson of Bob Dylan

INSTAGRAM

@levidylan6, 2,700 followers

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FASHION CREDITS

Dylan, who told The Cut that he has given up on music, has appeared in Teen Vogue, L'Uomo Vogue and Wonderland. He walked in a show for Billy Reid but insisted to The Daily Front Row that he won't walk in one again.

HE'S FRUGAL

Dylan told The Daily Front Row that he often leaves New York for Los Angeles when he runs out of money. He also shops at vintage stores because "everything else is too expensive".

SO THRILLED TO BE TRILL

SO THRILLED TO BE TRILL

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MUSIC WASN'T HIS THING

But movies are. "I'm going on auditions mainly for short films," Dylan told The Daily Front Row. "I like taking baby steps. I don't want to step into anything I can't handle right now."