Kaia Gerber graces her first solo American Vogue cover as she opens up about finding her footing in the fashion world and learning about love.
The 19-year-old daughter of supermodel Cindy Crawford sports a Chanel dress as she’s photographed at home in Malibu, in some images surrounded by her family.
Kaia has been dating Euphoria star Jacob Elordi, 23, for about a year and tells Vogue how she’s enjoying being in a secure and safe relationship.
A model grows up: Kaia Gerber, 19, graces the cover of the Vogue June/ July cover wearing a Chanel dress
‘Being able to be with someone I trust, where we don’t want anything from each other, having a safe, steady relationship like that, has really opened my eyes to the possibilities of love and what it feels like to love without conditions,’ she says.
‘Lust is touching other people or wanting them, but love is really seeing someone.’ Kaia adds.
Their relationship blossomed during the pandemic and they were first spotted leaving a dinner at Nobu together in September, followed by numerous outings in New York.
The couple went Instagram official in the fall when they showed off their Halloween costumes.
Being able to be with someone I trust, where we don’t want anything from each other, having a safe, steady relationship like that, has really opened my eyes to the possibilities of love and what it feels like to love without conditions,’ Kaia says of boyfriend Jacob Elordi
Short-lived: Before meeting Jacob, Kaia was in a brief relationship with SNL comedian Pete Davidson, 27, until January 2020 when he entered a treatment facility
Before meeting Jacob, Kaia was in a brief relationship with SNL comedian Pete Davidson, 27, and while she doesn’t discuss the romance directly, she reflects on a time in her life when she was dating people who were wrong for her.
‘You know, I was doing fashion month, but I was so young I had kissed, like, only one person. I had never had a high school sweetheart or anything. And so I tended to date older people because those were the people I was around.
‘And I got put in situations where one day I’d wake up and be like, How did I get here? I have no idea what I’m doing, and I need help. And being able to ask for that help was amazing. That’s what real growing up means, not being afraid to ask.’
Kaia was reported to be dating Davidson in the fall of 2019 and a few months later they split, with Davidson entering treatment to focus on his mental health.
Following in her footsteps: The teen modeling sensation is joined by her family, including mom Cindy Crawford, for the intimate shoot and opens up about her career
The catwalk star – who began her career at 13 and has walked the runway for designers such as Prada, Chanel, Fendi and Givenchy – admits that early in her career, she didn’t have the life experience needed to navigate a lot of the situations she was thrown into.
‘It could be something as small as knowing how to take the bus from the flight to the terminal, she explains.
‘Or, I remember, when I started traveling alone, in Paris, my driver had to check me into my hotel room – I couldn’t even do it on my own.’
‘I remember, when I started traveling alone, in Paris, my driver had to check me into my hotel room – I couldn’t even do it on my own.’ Kaia opens up about her early modeling days. She began her career at the tender age of 13
Designer darling: Kaia is seen modeling at her parents Malibu house. Here she is seen in a floral Dolce & Gabbana top
When work suddenly stopped when the coronavirus hit last year, Kaia says it’s been a time of transition and learning to focus on her wellbeing.
‘I was always so concentrated on work, and suddenly that was gone. And so for the first time, I could no longer focus on everything outside,’ she says. ‘I was forced to go internal. Work was always a really easy excuse not to do that.’
Nowadays she splits her time between her parents’ home in Malibu spending time with mom Cindy, 55, and dad Randy Gerber, 59, and Jacob’s Hollywood Hills home.
Of her parents beach house, Kaia gushes about being lucky to spend her quarantine days there.
‘We have a sort of compound with a garden, and a big lawn, and the beach that we could go to every day. I’m not blind to the fact that we’ve been incredibly blessed.’
In the hills: The model effortlessly pulls off a variety of looks including this Louis Vuitton outfit with structured jacket