"She does want to do what I do."

By Kimberly Truong
Dec 04, 2020 @ 11:43 am
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Heidi Klum's daughter might be ready to step into her mother's sky-high runway heels.

The supermodel told People that her 16-year-old daughter Leni is thinking of pursuing modeling as a career after watching her mother work over the years on photoshoots and TV sets.

"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."

Klum, who has hosted the German version of America's Next Top Model since 2006, even put her daughter's name forward to take over her hosting duties one day.

"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," she teased. "She's kind of playing with this idea."

Klum gave birth to Leni in May 2004, right after her split from Flavio Briatore. In December 2009, Leni was adopted by Klum's (now-ex-) husband Seal.

Klum said that although she's turned down Leni's modeling opportunities over the years in order to protect her daughter's privacy, at 16, she's now "old enough" to branch out into the profession.

“I always thought she was too young," she said. "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."

"Obviously, as a mother, [I want my] child to do what she wants to do," she added. "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. You have to be a strong person, especially as a woman you have to be very strong."