Leni Klum lands first solo cover 20 years after mom Heidi Klum: ‘Couldn’t be more proud’

Heidi Klum “couldn’t be more proud” of her cover girl. 

Leni Klum, 16, followed in her supermodel mother’s fashionable footsteps by landing her first solo magazine cover on Glamour Germany, 20 years after Klum graced the publication’s inaugural issue in 2001. 

“Thank you to everyone who made my first solo cover so special,” Leni wrote on Instagram. “It’s an honor to share this with my mama @heidiklum who was Glamour Germany’s first ever cover model.”

The cover features Leni striking a pose in a floral-print dress complete with whimsical sleeves. And her mama was there every step of the way. Klum, 47, shared a behind-the-scenes video of herself and Leni playfully interacting during the photoshoot. 

Leni Klum makes her modeling debut alongside her mother Heidi Klum for the January/February 2021 issue of Vogue Germany. (Photo: Vogue Germany/Chris Colls)

“@leniklum it’s so much fun being your plus one on set,” Klum captioned the video. 

’16 is a good age’: Heidi Klum’s daughter Leni makes modeling debut in Vogue Germany

Although Leni said she’s received modeling offers as early as age 12, the teen got her official start at age 16.

Her mother called it “a good age” to pursue modeling: “If you are allowed to drive a car, you can also have an official Instagram account and show your face. And to be allowed to start with a Vogue cover is an insane privilege.

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The teen made her magazine debut posing for the January/February 2021 issue of Vogue Germany alongside her mother. The cover photo sees Klum planting a smooch on her teen daughter’s cheek. In another photo, the mother rests her head on her daughter’s shoulder. 

In January, Leni hit the virtual runway for Berlin Fashion Week, styled by Vogue Germany’s Editor-in-Chief Christiane Arp.

Leni Klum makes her modeling debut alongside her mother Heidi Klum on the January/February 2021 cover of Vogue Germany (Photo: Chris Colls/Vogue Germany)

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Klum became pregnant with Helene, nicknamed “Leni,” when she was dating Italian businessman Flavio Briatore, but raised her with British musician 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 married from 2005 to 2014.

The “America’s Got Talent” judge married Tokio Hotel guitarist Tom Kaulitzin August 2019. 

Contributing: Charles Trepany, Sara M Moniuszko

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