Leni Klum, daughter of model Heidi Klum, made a rare appearance with her father, Seal, at the Netflix premiere of The Harder They Fall. Father and daughter wore matching black outfits, with Seal rocking a black suit and skull printed tie.
His daughter was beautiful in a Dolce and Gabbana lace dress with a plunging neckline and Swarovski crystals on the hem. Leni and Seal also wore matching purple nail polish.
The 17-year-old has lived a pretty private life, on her Instagram she rarely shows her full face in pictures, but that might change soon. According to her supermodel mother, Leni has started to model and follow in her mother’s footsteps.
“I had grown up going to work with my mom,” Leni explained of her natural interest in modeling. “Ever since 11 or 12 years old I’ve been begging her and then finally I turned 16 and she said that I could finally start modeling.”
According to Heidi, she wanted to protect her daughter from a lot of the industry and allow her to grow up with a somewhat normal life. She said that modeling takes a certain type of strong woman and she believes her daughter has that.
“Obviously, as a mother, [I want my] child to do what she wants to do. The industry is great and I love it and I’ve been in it for over 20 years but it’s also, it’s a lot of traveling, it’s different,” she explained, adding, “You have to be a strong person, especially as a woman you have to be very strong.”
Leni has had a lot of modeling firsts this year, and Heidi was there to support her daughter in many of them. She was there in the front row beaming at Leni when she walked in a Dolce and Gabbana show last month. She posted a video on her Instagram and captioned it, “Proud Mom.”
The young model also posed for Vogue Germany alongside Heidi and then took a step for herself and posed solo on the cover of Glamour Germany.
Most recently, Leni posed for Rollacoaster Magazine. The 17-year-old was stunning in a pink fluffy dress and later a simple black blazer. Many of the photos were taken on the beach and the natural sunlight was perfect for her sun-kissed complexion.
Heidi, with her years of modeling experience, has been very open with advice for the gorgeous model. She told her daughter, “I said to her, at the end of the day you have to be happy with yourself,” said the Emmy winner. “And don’t do anything you don’t want to do. It’s okay to say no. You don’t always have to please people. But I’m always with Leni. And she has a very good head on her shoulders.”
Seal is also very supportive of his daughter and recently spoke to Entertainment Weekly about the special bond that they share. Seal met Heidi when she was pregnant with Leni and adopted the young girl in 2005 after Heidi and Seal married.
The singer said, “It’s everything and it has always been like that, from the day I met her mother,” Seal said of his bond with the teen model. “She was two weeks pregnant with this beautiful lady. We have always had that bond.”