Leni Klum Says She 'Begged' Mom Heidi Klum to Let Her Model When She Was 11 Years Old

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Leni Klum exercised patience before starting her budding modeling career.
In a recent interview with Extra, Heidi Klum's 17-year-old daughter spoke about her latest cover shoot for Rollacoaster magazine and revealed that she actually wanted to model much earlier than she did. Instead, she says that her mother "closed down" her ideas about her at a young age.
"I grew up working with my mother," Leni explained of her natural interest in modeling. "I've been begging her since I was 11 or 12 and then I finally turned 16 and she said I could finally start modeling."
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Now, as she follows in her mother's footsteps, the teenage girl told the outlet that she was constantly receiving tips on navigating the industry.
"She always tells me to have fun ... She always says, 'Hop around, have fun, be energetic, be excited.' "
Despite Heidi's feedback, however, Leni learns how to define her own career and adds that she is "definitely the opposite" of her mother, especially when it comes to her sense of style.
"She calls it grungy, I call it oversized, I think ... you will never catch me in super-tight jeans because I don't like to wear things that are uncomfortable ... baggy and big," Leni told Extra.
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Leni's career began over the past year and landed on the covers of Vogue Germany (alongside her supermodel mother) and Glamor Germany (for a solo recording). She also opened Berlin Fashion Week earlier this year and was at the Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Show in August.
In December, Heidi told PEOPLE (the TV show!)
"She is old enough now," said the German beauty. “I always thought she was too young. We have always chosen to keep the children out of the public eye. But she drives a car now, she's 16, so I thought, if you can do that, you can model now, if that's what you want to do. "
Heidi is now happy to help Leni with orientation.
"I helped her with deals and she has so many things in the pipeline," Heidi told PEOPLE in July. "It's really exciting. She does the things I've always dreamed of!"
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Heidi (who also shares kids Henry (15), Johan (14) and Lou (11) with her ex Seal) had a proud mom moment last month when she saw her daughter on the Dolce & Gabbana show.
She shared several photos and videos of Leni's catwalk strut on Instagram, including a clip when Leni's attention was drawn to her in the front row. "The smile when she sees mom? ❤️? @leniklum “, said Heidi.
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