Leni Klum strutted down the catwalk for Dolce & Gabbana’s 2021 Alta Mode fashion show in Venice, Italy, this past weekend, proving her modeling abilities.
And it’s all because of a few years of training with Dance Moms star Abby Lee Miller that the 17-year-old is so calm, cool, and collected.
Heidi Klum, Leni’s mother, said in an interview with People on Wednesday, September 1, that her daughter’s experience with the dancing coach prepared her to feel confident and “not too nervous” walking down the runway.
“There, you have to learn really hard routines and you have to dance in front of all the judges,” the 48-year-old Project Runway host said. “She has a lot of trophies at home from that time.”
Heidi added: “She’s performed before so for her, I think this was just like, ‘Okay, I walk and I pose.’ There’s not too much to memorize.”Even a celebrity-studded audience, including Kourtney Kardashian, Kris Jenner, Megan Thee Stallion, Doja Cat, and others, couldn’t throw Leni off her game.
Heidi explained, “She knows how to walk in heels. She’s been walking in the craziest heels that she found in my closet since she, basically, started walking. And because she grew up with cameras around her, she doesn’t really get that intimidated with that kind of stuff.”
When it was all said and done, the aspiring supermodel “enjoyed” her experience — and made her mother shine all at once.
Heidi headed to Instagram after the fashion show to share a few videos and photos of her daughter. “Proud mom”, she captioned a video of Leni walking down the catwalk in a blue mini dress and tiara.
America’s Got Talent judge later shared a photo of herself smiling in front of her daughter, which was captured by Sara Foster. “Happy,” she captioned the photo, adding a string of emojis.
Over the past year, Leni has been making waves in her modeling career, seemingly following in her mother’s footsteps. She was featured on the cover of Glamour Germany in April for the publication’s 20th anniversary. And get this: Heidi was the magazine’s first-ever cover model in 2001.
“I’m so proud of you. And not because you chose this path. I know that no matter which way you go, it will be your own,” Heidi captioned an Instagram post of the cover. “You always know exactly what you want and what you don’t want. You are not a mini-me. And I’m happy for you that you can now show who YOU are.”
For Vogue Germany’s January-February 2021 issue, the mother-daughter duo also starred alongside one another.