Heidi Klum says her daughter Leni may be following in her footsteps.
In an interview on People TV Thursday, the model, television host and businesswoman, 47, said Leni is interested in modeling.
“She kind of comes (on set) and looks and learns not just what I do but also what all the different people are doing on a TV set. I think it’s very interesting to her,” Klum said. “When you’re that age you’re still trying to figure out who you are, what you want to be and kind of see for the first time what are all these different jobs to make a TV show happen. She does want to do what I do.”
She continued, “Who knows, maybe in five years when I’m not hosting the show anymore maybe it’s going to be like Germany’s Next Top Model by Leni Klum instead of Heidi Klum. Who knows… She’s kind of playing with this idea.”
Heidi Klum has hosted the America’s Next Top Model spin-off since its inception in 2006.
The mom of four said Leni has had modeling opportunities in the past that were turned down because of her age.
“She’s old enough now,” she said. “I always thought she was too young. We always also decided to keep the children out of the public eye. But she’s driving a car now, she’s 16, so I figured if you can do that, you can also model now if this is what you wish to do.”
She also said she would support her daughter’s endeavors, even if they’re challenging.
“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. “You have to be a strong person, especially as a woman you have to be very strong.”
Klum became pregnant with Helene, nicknamed “Leni,” when she was dating Italian businessman Flavio Briatore, but raised her with Seal after she was born. Seal later adopted Leni, and she took his last name.
Klum also shares three biological children with Seal: daughter Lou, 11 and sons Henry, 15 and Johan, 14.
The couple were together from 2005 to 2014.
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