With often intimdatingly successful and/or beautiful parents, celebrity children are a fascinating breed. On the one hand they surely have everything they could possibly want, including perks and contacts to propel them into any career, or level of wealth, they desire. But, surely being genetically predisposed to being successful has a fairly major flipside - talk about pressure.
It seems like centuries ago that Paris Hilton and Nicole Ritchie ruled the teenage celebrity child club, and there's no doubt the attitude of the latest crop of famous kids has changed. The celebrity offspring of the new decade is all about avoiding the paparazzi glare and pretending they're just your normal girls next door, while trying their hands at modelling, singing and fashion design of course. Why let those superstar genes go to waste, after all.
She's the eldest grandchild of legendary singer Elvis Presley and actress Priscilla Presley, and her mother Lisa Marie Presley is no stranger to fame either. With genetics like that it's no wonder Riley has caught the eye of directors and talent scouts alike. The 24 year-old appeared in The Runaways alongside Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning, and is said to have beaten Lindsay Lohan for her role in Magic Mike.
Her modelling portfolio is far from modest, including a stint on both the Dolce & Gabbana and Victoria's Secrets runway, as well as nabbing her first Vogue cover with her mother and grandmother.
She's recently signed a deal with Australian brand Bonds as their summer ambassador, and has become a regular fixture on the fashion circuit.
If you're the daughter of Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin, you're born to be beautiful, there's no doubt about it. There were no limits to where those genes could go, and in Ireland Baldwin's case, it doesn't seem like they're quite done doing their thing. At 17, Ireland is already signed to two modelling agencies and has appeared in Vanity Fair. Not surprising when you check out just how stunning and composed she looks at each and every appearance. Born with it, indeed.
When Madonna's your mother, the world is bound to be a fairly strange place. But 16-year-old Lourdes Leon - or Lola, as her mother calls her - appears to be taking it all in her stride. As one of the most recognised people in the world, it was a brave step on Madonna's part not to hide the identities of her children, but if the attention was ever an issue for Lourdes she certainly hasn't shown it.
At 14 she had already co-created her own fashion line, aptly named Material Girl: geared toward teens and sold at US department store Macy's, the line copped a fair amount of criticism with naysayers claiming the clothes were slightly too cutting edge for their intended market. Madonna's daughter tip-toeing the line of controversial outfits - who would've thought?
Two years on, and while the clothing line isn't reaching Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen levels of sales, it's selling and expanding. Not bad for 16.
Her father Johnny Depp laments the fan pages devoted to his 14-year-old daughter, and with good reason. But with her elfin good looks and effortless style, Lily-Rose Depp is hard to ignore. This girl is already on the street style radar, and she doesn't even know it.
With the feline bone structure, natural dirty blonde hair and power pins of model mum Vanessa Paradis, and the devastatingly handsome features of Johnny Depp, Lily-Rose is really rather breathtaking. And she clearly knows her fashion, too. You don't see a lot of 14-year-olds referencing early grunge.
Three seasons ago, at the age of 10, she fronted the first-ever Young Versace campaign, and as she approaches teendom, Kaia Gerber is only getting more amazing. The daughter of Cindy Crawford and former male model Rande Gerber, things could only really turn out one way for young Kaia in the looks department. It comes as no surprise that various fashion magazines and brands are dying to get their hands on her already. My bets are on a Vogue cover at 15.
She's the 12 year-old daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith and made her acting debut at the tender age of four alongside her father in the much-acclaimed, I am Legend. In 2010 she released the ridiculously repetitive, yet annoyingly catchy song 'Whip my hair' (apologies if that 'chorus' is now stuck in your head) and following its success was snaffled up by Jay-Z and signed to his music label.
When the daughter of Anna Nicole Smith and her brief love affair, Larry Birkhead, followed in her mother’s footsteps early this year and lent her six-year-old Disney-worthy face to a Guess campaign, everyone thought it was a terrible move on her doting father’s part. But little Dannielynn stepped up to the plate and proved the critics wrong. Her cherubic face is uncannily similar to her mum's, and while it's a little creepy, those looks are bound to get her far.
Alexa Ray Joel and Sailor Brinkley Cook
Alexa Ray, the 27 year-old daughter of supermodel Christie Brinkley and singer Billy Joel has followed in her father's musical footsteps to become a singer, songwriter and pianist. She has performed at numerous charity events and New York City fashion events, and was chosen to be a shampoo ambassador in 2010.
Her half-sister, Sailor, the result of Christie Brinkley's most recent marriage to architect Peter Halsey Cook, is the spitting image of her beautiful mother. And it comes as no surprise that modelling deals are starting to flow in for the 15-year-old. Sailor made her cover girl debut for the July/August issue of Bella NYC, has been featured in Teen Vogue, and has landed a lucrative contract with US accessories company, Claire's.
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