Heidi Klum Reveals the Top Modeling Advice She Gave Her Daughter, Leni

The icon’s tips are applicable for most any industry.
Leni Klum and Heidi Klum

Leni Klum and Heidi Klum.

When supermodel Heidi Klum dishes out career advice, we tend to tune in. The legendary SI Swimsuit star recently spoke with Fox News on the America’s Got Talent red carpet, and the 50-year-old shared the top modeling advice she has passed down to her 19-year-old daughter, Leni.

“I think the best advice I’ve given my daughter for being a model is to always be happy with yourself when you look in the mirror, I think that’s most important,” Klum stated. “Don’t try to ever please anyone. Also, I think it is important to say ‘no,’ because I feel like we people just in general, we want to please, and you know, say ‘yes’ more than ‘no,’ but I wanted her to know that if there’s something you don’t want to do, you just have to say no.”

Leni has followed in her mother’s famous footsteps, and the mom-daughter duo starred on the cover of Vogue Germany together for the January/February 2021 issue. After her cover debut, Klum’s mini-me now works as an ambassador for popular brands like Dior Beauty, GHD and Intimissimi. The two have also starred in campaigns together for the Italian lingerie brand.

Last October, Leni spoke with People and addressed the fact that she’s aware and appreciative of the role her famous mom played in getting her start in the industry.

“I did get help starting off, and I know that people would dream to start off with what I had,” she admitted. “I’m so grateful that I’ve been able to take what was gifted to me by my mom. But I am doing the work and putting in the time. Now I’m working on my own, traveling alone, going to school. My mom and I just have the same love for the same thing.”

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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.