Barely a week after Heidi Klum said she was ready for her 16-year-old daughter Leni to start modeling, the teen made her debut alongside her supermodel mom on the cover of Vogue Germany.
"So excited for my first cover!!" Leni captioned the photo on Instagram. "I had so much fun on set with @voguegermany couldn't dream of a better start!! Thank you for being by my side @heidiklum"
Heidi said last Thursday, Dec 3, during an interview with People, that she's finally ready to let her daughter try modelling as the teen had expressed interest in following in her career.
"She's old enough now," Heidi, 47, 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."
In the interview for her first Vogue cover, Leni revealed she had modelling aspirations even when she was younger, but her mum advised her to hold off.
"It was only a matter of time before I would try it myself as a model," she told the magazine. "The first offer came when I was only 12 or 13, from a brand I loved to wear: Brandy Melville. Back then I begged Mum, but no chance! I now understand that it would have been too early."
Leni, who Klum shares with her ex, Italian businessman Flavio Briatore, 70, explained that modelling was always the goal because it allows her to be herself.
"For most other jobs, I'd have to stifle my crazy ways to look 'professional.' As a model, I can let everything out and just be who I am," she explained. "The job is the perfect outlet for all the energy that I have in me."