It’s fashion week in London and Kate Moss took her now 14-year-old teen daughter Lila Grace Moss Hack along. The duo sat snug in the front row at Topshop’s 2018 show alongside the likes of fashion royalty like British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful, reports Refinery29.
Vogue’s headline of this event concerns me though, “Kate Moss Takes Lila Grace to the Topshop Front Row—Next Stop, Runway?” and W Magazine’s angle “But Moss Hack, who's just a few weeks away from turning 15 and finally brace-free, has never looked more grown up than when she showed up to her first-ever fashion show, Topshop” and “Even the fact that Moss Hack is now hanging with her mom seems to suggest that the teen is making an effort to open her circles.”
The narrative is: She’s Kate Moss’ daughter. She’s young and beautiful. When will she start modelling? Like it’s a given.
Why is just modelling on the table? Because she can? Should? It would be a waste if she didn't?
Don't get me wrong, it’s not a bad choice, and modelling opens a lot of doors, but the expectation that this is their natural career path is problematic.
Surely celeb kids have a plethora of choices, the choice to travel, study and be wherever and whomever? They have few financial limitations.
The New York Post reported that New York Fashion Week runways were filled with famous kids - Kaia Gerber who walked countless shows, her brother Presley walked in Zadig & Voltaire, Snoop Dogg’s son Cordell Broadus was also there and Pamela Anderson’s kid Brandon Lee walked for Philipp Plein. Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin’s daughter Amelia Hamlin also made her runway debut and Johnny Depp's daughter Lily Rose is modelling for Chanel.
Will we soon see Iman and David Bowie's daughter Lexi opening for Calvin Klein?
And the new kid on the block Lila Grace has never been to fashion week or sat frow. Yet she has already been on the cover of Italian Vogue with her famous mom and is now the face of U.K. hair brand the Braid Bar.
Do these kids have to carry on the legacy of their parents? Why are we not focusing one these kids' smarts, other talents, hopes and dreams? When they are interviewed where are the questions exploring their identity instead of what they use on their faces and what they're wearing?
We all need to give these kids a chance – a chance to be more than just a product.