Cindy Crawford, Lisa Rinna Talk About Protecting Their Model Daughters From Sexual Harassment
Teenagers Kaia Gerber and sisters Delilah and Amelia Hamlin are fast becoming fashion designers' favorite models.
Cindy Crawford isn’t shy about talking to her daughter Kaia Gerber about sexual harassment in the fashion industry.
“It’s about having a conversation,” the supermodel told The Hollywood Reporter at the launch of Lyndie Benson’s new apparel line Bleusalt. “It’s awareness. And hopefully she’s in a new environment, where [sexual harassment] will be less.”
Sixteen-year-old Kaia made her runway debut last month in Raf Simons’ Calvin Klein show during New York Fashion Week. She went on to walk for Chanel, Prada, Marc Jacobs, Burberry, Fendi and for Versace alongside her mom.
Crawford says no one ever spoke to her about sexual harassment when she started out in the business. Fortunately, she said, “I don’t have a ‘me too’ moment."
“It’s not like guys didn’t hit on me, but I always knew how to get myself out of the situation,” she said.
Crawford is encouraged by so many women going public about their experiences of harassment and assault. “The more conversation about anything is how we move forward as a society,” she said.
Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin’s daughters Delilah, 19, and Amelia Gray, 16, have also just jumped into modeling.
“It’s really scary out there,” Rinna, also at the Bleusalt party, told The Hollywood Reporter. “I tell them, ‘You don’t ever have to do anything for anyone. Never use your body for anything. If someone asks you to get nude, you could say no. You never have to do anything with a man. If somebody tries to do something, tell somebody.’”
Like Crawford, Rinna said she was never harassed. “But I think I am not the norm,” the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star said. “I think I’m a rarity. It’s really terrifying and it makes me sad in so many ways.”
Rinna thinks more victims will continue to speak out. “I think it’s just the tip of the iceberg,” she said. “I think it’s really so much more than just this.”
But will things actually change?
“I really hope so,” Rinna said. “If this doesn’t do it, what will?”