Though Cindy Crawford's youngest daughter Kaia Gerber looked undeniably great modeling for Young Versace, the designer's children's line geared at kids 0-12, not everyone was applauding her model debut in January. At just 10 years old, was Kaia too young to model?
Crawford recently defended the highly publicized photo shoot to Parade.com
, calling the experience "really great" for Kaia.
"I loved it. I thought she looked great. I was proud of her," the supermodel says. "I was there when she shot it, so I know what the experience was like for her. She liked it, but she also saw that it's hard work. ... There's a reason they call it a job. I thought it was a really good introduction for her to understand a little bit what I do. It was a really great experience for her."
She also jokes that her daughter has "stolen everything" from her.
"Other people see more of me in her than I do, but I just see her," she says about all the the comparisons. "I always tease her that she stole everything from me. I'm like, 'You have my old legs and I want them back!'"
And what's her own secret to looking so youthful at 46 years old?
"The secret is there is no secret," she stresses. "I work out, I eat right most of the time, I try to get the right amount of sleep, I don't smoke, and I'm not a party girl. I think all those things add up over time."