Emily DiDonato Reveals Why She Won’t Let Her Daughter Pursue a Career in Modeling

The model and mom of two shared her thoughts on the matter on TikTok.
Emily DiDonato

Emily DiDonato. 

Though Emily DiDonato has made a fruitful career out of modeling, the 32-year-old mother of two revealed on TikTok earlier this week that she’ll never let her daughter embark upon the same path.

DiDonato, a six-time SI Swimsuit star, pointed out how the modeling industry is “youth obsessed,” and how one’s value and earning potential decreases with age.

“I think that getting old as a woman is already hard enough, but I think that getting older and your looks and your earning potential and your value all being interlinked is a total mind eff and something that I’m still figuring out how I feel about it,” she stated. “Like, I don’t want my daughter to be in my shoes one day and go, ‘Well now that I’m getting older, I’m no longer valuable and I can no longer make money and work,’ because that’s like entirely not true, but if I’m being honest, that’s kinda how I feel.”

DiDonato, who has been modeling since she was a teenager, also noted that getting into the industry at such a young age causes people to forgo going to college and embarking upon a more “traditional” career path. She added that if her daughter, who is currently just 2-years-old, expressed an interest in modeling in the future, she’d make sure she was getting an education at the same time.

“I’ve loved being a model, there’s been so many wonderful experiences that I’ve gotten from it, people I’ve met, travel I’ve had, but it’s like, there’s a few things that I’d rather my daughter like not do or experience,” DiDonato concluded.

Cara O’Bleness


Cara is a trending news writer/editor for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit. A passionate writer and editor with more than 10 years of experience in print and online media, she loves storytelling and believes that words have the power to change the world. Prior to joining the team, Cara worked as a writer and editor across a number of content verticals, including food, lifestyle, health and wellness, and small business and entrepreneurship. In her free time, Cara loves reading, spending time with her family and making her way through Michigan’s many microbreweries. She is a graduate of Michigan State University's School of Journalism.