Kaia Gerber, 16, walked the runway for Chanel at Paris Fashion Week

Kaia Gerber leads the catwalk for Chanel!

Looking through the photos from the Chanel show in Paris this week, I surprised myself by NOT hating every look. The latest collection features a lot of pastel tweed suits and dresses, which… I mean, I’m sure those looks will be extremely popular with the ladies-who-lunch, which is core of Chanel’s market share. But Karl Lagerfeld likes to bring in younger and younger models for the Chanel runway shows, and he’s not above stunt-casting nepotism models either. Kendall Jenner and Cara Delevingne have famously walked Chanel runways, and for this week’s show, the stunt-casted model was 16-year-old Kaia Gerber, daughter of Cindy Crawford.

I’m sure Lagerfeld told Kaia that this Chanel dress was the most special, but let me tell you… this is possibly the most absurd dress in this collection. That’s not Kaia’s fault – she’s just the clothes hanger. But it just reminds me of something that… I don’t like to say, because it feels mean. But Kaia really isn’t much of a model, right? There’s a learning curve, for sure, and she’s still so young so there’s definitely time to learn her angles and how to do all of this. But it just feels like the hype around her doesn’t match the reality. And just remember: Kaia will be “designing” a capsule collection with Karl Lagerfeld this year too. Eyeroll.

I’m also including a photo of Kaia out and about in Paris before the show. Those glasses annoy me! God, this child makes me so grumpy.

Kaia Gerber shows off her style arriving back at the George V hotel

Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2018 - Chanel - Catwalk

Photos courtesy of WENN, Backgrid.

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  1. KP says:

    She’s already opened a Chanel show before.

  2. tw says:

    Her fake lips really annoy me. She’s 16!

  3. sparrow2 says:

    ummm…she looks extremely awkward. If she wasn’t Cindy’s daughter, I doubt she’d be up there. I literally cringed when I saw her in that pink outfit.

  4. KatieBo says:

    “God, this child makes me so grumpy” haha- that’s how I feel about Millie Bobby Brown, so I feel you.

    • themummy says:

      I guess I can see that, but the difference is that Bobbie Millie Brown is mega-talented. As Seven she is just so, so good. Kaia is just a spoiled, untalented daughter of nepotism.

    • G says:

      +1 I feel that way about them both. Although I still haven’t watched Stranger Things, so I’m basing my opinion of Brown on her red carpet appearances…

      The Crawford/Gerber family is basically the new iteration of Kardashian/Jenner, much as they seem to think that they’re above that.

  5. Caroline says:

    Nepotism at work.

  6. Ck says:

    Where’s my fellow 30 Rock fans? She literally looks like she’s wearing the outfit Jenna wears on TGS as “the overly confident morbidly obese woman” hahaha

  7. trollontheloose says:

    Yesteryear, most of movies will be Cinema, real cinema, but nowadays it’s plain movies. Same goes for Dior and Chanel who were presenting very femme clothing. A lavish of esthetic that any woman would want to have a piece of. Gone these days because children now are being just for that indeed : a hanger as opposed to a model/mannequin that will be make any ‘couture” a feast for the eye. No more Dior j’adore. Instead it is “Dior, c’est kind of ok”

  8. Lala says:

    That outfit in the first pic is wearing her…not the other way around, which is…A HUGE PROBLEM…it’s like she’s playing dress up in her Mama’s clothes…

  9. Hh says:

    Every time I see a photo of her I just don’t get the appeal (outside of her name).

    • Carey says:

      Kaia is better in motion. She has a better runway walk than her mother did. You can see examples on YouTube.

  10. CityGirl says:

    I don’t think anyone could have saved that dress…
    That being said, she looks like a child playing dress up in a fashion show – oh wait a minute -_-

  11. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    It’s a Fraggle!

  12. Candybambi says:

    Nepotism at its best… All these kids getvthings handed to them….
    I dont understand how designers have teen models and expect “adults” to buy their clothes..

  13. spidee!! says:

    Can just see Meghan wearing that in May! :)

  14. Jordan says:

    Looks more like a model than the Jenner girls.

  15. Kitten says:

    I feel badly speaking critically of a teenager but she sort of looks like Rachel Bilson….a bit like a Jenner and maybe a tiny bit like Selena Gomez?
    Nothing distinctive……just very forgettable-looking.
    Maybe she should try college because modeling doesn’t seem like the best fit for her.

    • BengalCat2000 says:

      I read an interview with Cindy a few years ago where she said her daughter was really good at math and chemistry. It’s too bad she’s being pushed into that shitty industry and not pursuing an education.

      • paddingtonjr says:

        Well, she’d just be following in her mother’s footsteps; Cindy had a scholarship to Northwestern and studied chemical engineering for a semester before becoming a model. Education does not seem to be prized in that family. The irony is that, while Cindy may have had to choose between an education and her “shot” at modeling, her daughter could take as long she wanted with her education, do a shoot/show here and there while in school and then come back full-time at a high level.

        Kaia is moderately attractive but doesn’t have the spark or distinguishing qualities Cindy did (ex. the mole); she is interchangeable with many others.

    • Fleur says:

      I think her brother is striking and looks much, much more like Cindy than Kaia does. But no one in the fashion industry seems to care about male models, so…

  16. WInterberry says:

    Women need to take a stand with the fashion industry. It’s so absurd to see a 16-year-old in high fashion. Why don’t designers realize this? You can put clothing on older models without compromising beauty or glamour.

  17. adastraperaspera says:

    She just doesn’t have it. I guess if the big-big fashion models now are just going to be the kids of former fashion models, well… Good for the kids, not so great for fashion?

  18. bucketbot says:

    In that 2nd pic all I can see is Kanye’s idea to bring back small frame eyewear come to fruition. /sarcasm/

  19. Maum says:

    She’s lost a shocking amount of weight hasn’t she?

    Her family should be concerned. She’s still a kid.

  20. Penelope says:

    She’s not that pretty, period.

  21. mela says:

    I think she looks so malnourished, she doesn’t have that youthful glow at all

  22. Jeannie says:

    She looks so much like Rachel bilson here!

  23. H says:

    Let’s hope she doesn’t try to go into acting like her mother.

    • Jayna says:

      She had a small part in a movie I saw on Netflix a year or two ago, a few scenes I think. So that has already begun.

  24. Cupcake says:

    The only things she has of Cindy’s are her genes. I still remember my jaw dropping when I saw her in the Pepsi commercial as a kid. Pure beauty. Kaia does not have that It factor and never will. No need to feel sorry for her though, she’ll work that nepotism into millions!

    • Jayna says:

      Kaia is only 16, though, and looks like she’s 15 or 16, just a cute teen. I am so disappointed in Cindy pimping her out so young. I don’t get it. She looks like a kid. It does not work for some of the gigs she is getting purely because of Cindy.

      By 18 or 19 she could be a beauty with the “it” factor. There is a change that really happens from 15 and 16 to 19. I could see this happening with Kaia. I blame Cindy, the stage mother, for the big push once she turned 16. Cindy wanted it sooner, but was called out and backed off for a couple of years.

      Although, I agree with you that I don’t think she will ever have what Cindy had.

  25. Lucy says:

    I have nothing against her or her brother, in fact they both seem like nice kids to me. I just hope they’re not doing this only because they think they have to, and that end up doing whtever it is that makes them happy.

  26. Nev says:

    She will be huge. The covers and runway and shoots will be fantastic.

  27. JA says:

    I’m sure there’s a drawback to literally having “success “, fame and money just handed to you. I imagine when the real world comes a knocking for Kia it will be a shock but yea whatever enjoy the modeling career as I’m sure it won’t last long as the next famous family with a decent looking teenage daughter with no talent will take her place…circle of life!

  28. themummy says:

    She looks like a plain Rachel Bilson. With fake lips. Plus all that nepotism to go with her zero talent.

  29. minx says:

    She does nothing for me. nothing.

  30. Newyorking says:

    She is very pretty but really doesn’t have a presence or personality to carry clothes. The clothes wear her, not the other way around.

    • Lara says:

      Isn’t that a good thing, considering the point of a High Fashion Show is to show off the clothes.

  31. supersoft says:

    She has dead eyes. And zero charisma. Poor girl for having a stage mom.

  32. Barb says:

    I am so disappointed in Cindy. Years ago she said in an interview she would not let her children model before they reached 18. At the time she was concerned about the way the industry treats models.

    • babyroxy1969 says:

      I remember her saying that as well, and yet almost exactly at the same, I started seeing all these little photo shoots of her in kids swim suit lines, etc.

  33. perplexed says:

    Her mother was Amazonian. She’s really thin. At the time, the industry seemed to prefer Amazonian women. Maybe her thinness is what the industry values now. If Cindy Crawford wasn’t her mother, I probably wouldn’t think too much about whether she has an “it” factor or not — my first assumption would probably be “oh, she’s thin, so that must be why she’s a model.”

    How tall is she now?

  34. KiddV says:

    I like that dress! LOL Not as something to actually wear, but I can see it on a mannequin in a posh department store window. More of art or decoration than actual clothing to wear in the real world.

    And if Kaia insists on being that skinny she needs to work on some muscle tone so her legs don’t look like shapeless sticks.

    I’m still giving her another year or so before I decide if she’s model material. She still needs to mature a bit.

  35. Anastasia says:

    Young girl wears dumb dress.

    And does she already need reading glasses at 16???

  36. Em says:

    Kaia/Cindy remind me of Caroline/Charlotte Grimaldi . They are all very attractive but Cindy and Caroline were stunningly beautiful , the girls even though they are practically carbon copies of their mothers just don’t have ‘it’ there is something missing that would make them iconic.

  37. Ascend says:

    Nepotism, yes, but wouldn’t wish the childhood that this poor child and her brother have had on anyone. Cindy and Randy seem like terrible, vapid parents who inflicted their vacuity on their offspring.

  38. Pamsicle says:

    Bahahahahaha!! That dress! What a joke. Hideous. My four year old daughter would LOVE it.

  39. Ann says:

    How to hide a young girl in a cube.

  40. Shannon says:

    She’s obviously a pretty girl and I don’t mean to be mean at all, she just looks kind of … basic to me. Nothing seems to stand out about her and therefor she just doesn’t seem very ‘model-y’ to me. She just looks like any random pretty teenager who could be handing me my coffee. There’s nothing wrong with that, I just thought models were supposed to be kind of … unique in some way? And that dress (not her fault) but holy mother of God what IS that monstrosity? I can’t think of anyone who could pull that off.

  41. raincoaster says:

    Cara Develigne may have gotten her break into the business because of her family, but she certainly can model. She’s good on a catwalk.

    This kid, I dunno. Her eyes are visibly completely different sizes, and her legs have no shape.