In a new interview with Teen Vogue for the magazine’s third Icons Issue, Kaia speaks about social media, her industry inspiration, and how her mom is basically a Disney princess.
On fully realizing her mom’s iconic status, Kaia said her aha moment happened on a trip to Disney with her family. “I think it was only on my eighth birthday, at Disneyland, that I started to understand what was going on,” she said. Adding, “I wanted to take pictures with the princesses, and everyone wanted to take pictures with her!”
Despite her success — a Marc Jacobs collaboration, notable campaigns, and more — Kaia is intent on staying grounded and relatable. She explained, “I try to take breaks. Everyone expects you to be on it all the time, but social media is just everyone’s best version of themselves. I try and give people a truer depiction of who I am.”
As for her role model in the industry, Kaia said she looks up to Karlie Kloss. “She’s broken all the rules of what a model should be and uses her platform to benefit others,” she said. “All my icons I look up to as people, not just their work. ‘Iconic’ is not a word I use lightly. You have to earn it.” Kaia may still be in the early stages of her career, but she’s certainly already going places.