Anna & Pat Cleveland. Anna is wearing a black wool roll-neck jumper by Donna Karan. Pat is wearing a black wool roll-neck jumper by Hugo and an 18-carat gold chain by Roberto Coin. Photo by Benjamin Alexander Huseby, the Gentlewoman A/W 2013.
To be a model is a particularly precarious thing––a certain balance between having the the right look for the right moment and an element of charm that appeals to clients, designers and photographers are requisite for success in the industry. And then, of course, fashion is even more fickle still, as one year a girl may have it all and the next she may never book a show. With that being said, it takes someone rather special to withstand years in such an uncertain industry and still be lauded by the tastemakers of fashion long past the usual model lifespan. It comes as no surprise, then, that the pillars of fashion modeling for the past 40 years would produce children to equal them in looks and charisma and go on to earn their own success as models. The inheritance of certain genetic traits––both the physical and character traits––can be just as fickle as fashion (there are many beautiful women with less than beautiful children), however, the three pairs of mother-daughter models below are a testament to the fact that sometimes the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
Pat Cleveland & Anna Cleveland
Pat Cleveland, of course, needs little introduction. Muse to illustrator Antonio Lopez, house model for Chloé under Karl Lagerfeld’s tutelage, and a regular guest at Halston’s famed 101 apartment in New York, Pat Cleveland was a revolutionary figure in fashion in the 1970s. Having been discovered in her native New York on the subway, Pat experienced the still pervasive racism within the American fashion industry fled to Paris in 1970, vowing not to return to the United States until a black woman was on the cover of Vogue. This was not such a horrible plan as she became the toast of the town while in Paris alongside Antonio Lopez and his gaggle of beauties. Pat’s look characterized beauty standards of the decade with her wiry frame and dynamic poses which made her a pioneer for black models in the fashion industry.
Daughter Anna Cleveland Von Ravenstein is the near spitting image of her mother in every way, both in her looks (save for a paler complexion) and in her effervescent personality. Anna was raised in Italy before moving back to the U.S. as a teenager, but modeling came much earlier. Anna walked with her mother for Moschino at age 4, for Chanel at age 13, and had her first spread in Vogue Paris at 14. As of late, Anna has walked for Chanel and Jean Paul Gaultier’s autumn/winter 2014 haute couture shows and is a longtime favorite of American designer, Zac Posen.
(L) Anna and Pat Cleveland for Zac Posen Resort 2014 lookbook. (R) Pat wears a silk-and-linen black ruffled dress by Viktor & Rolf and an 18-carat gold Love bracelet by Cartier. Anna is wearing a black silk jacquard dress with balloon sleeves by Alexander McQueen. Photo by Benjamin Alexander Huseby, the Gentlewoman A/W 2013. (Styling by Jodie Barnes, Hair by Holli Smith, Make-up by Karan Franjola)
(L) Anna Cleveland in "Work It!" for Elle April 2010 by Ellen von Unwerth. (R) Pat Cleveland in Stephen Burrows by Charles Tracy, 1972.
Jerry Hall & Georgia May Jagger
Jerry Hall got her start similar to Pat Cleveland––born in Texas in 1956, she moved to France at 17 and joined up with Antonio Lopez, Karl Lagerfeld and their band of beauties. Her first major coup came from a shoot with Helmut Newton in 1974 and from there her success skyrocketed. In Paris, she was adored for her quaint Texan drawl and her quintessential American beauty She became a favorite of Largerfeld and Saint Laurent, who featured her in his controversial Opium perfume campaign. Though an accomplished woman in her own right, Jerry’s real fame, of course, came from being Mick Jagger’s longtime girlfriend, wife, and mother to four of his children.
Model Georgia May Jagger is an even mix of her father’s charming features (his gapped teeth and plump lips, to name a few) and her mother’s stunning beauty. Born in 1992, Georgia May began her professional modeling career in 2008. Her mix of off-beat and conventional beauty and her very Jagger-like air of coolness has landed her a range jobs including runway, editorial, and commercial spots with Rimmel and Hudson Jeans. She’s graced the cover of nearly every relevant fashion magazine of the past several years and is among some of the highest paid models in the business––Georgia May carries on her parent’s blue chip legacy.
Jerry Hall and Georgia May Jagger, Vogue Italia June 2014. Photo by Yelena Yemchuck, Styling by Cathy Kasterine, Hair by Rudi Lewis, Make-up by Romy Soleimani.
(L) Jerry Hall and Georgia May Jagger for H&M's 2011 holiday campaign. (R) Jerry Hall, Georgia May and Lizzy Jagger for Vogue Italia June 2014.
(L) Georgia May Jagger for British Vogue January 2011, Photo by Alasdair McLellan. (R) Jerry Hall, Photo by Richard Avedon, 1980s.
Kristen McMenamy & Lily McMenamy
“Unconventional beauty” are the two words most commonly associated with Kristen McMenamy’s name, and justifiably so. Kristen posses a very unusual and individualistic appeal that was celebrated in the 90s as a reaction to the pristine and untouchable beauty of 80s fashion. McMenamy was the first of her kind to truly be embraced by the fashion world and the door was opened for legions of girls to follow whose looks were more intriguing than perfect (think Erin O’Connor, Karen Elson, Kirstin Owen, Guinevere van Seenus). Kristen is truly a chameleon who takes to a catwalk as an actress would a stage. As of late, her signature look has been her waist-long (and natural) silvery mane and black-as-night smudged eyeliner––she has embraced her age and her experience. Her commitment to the art of modeling in addition to her distinct look and persona continue to land her high profile work as a persistently sought- after model.
!If anything, daughter Lily McMenamy has continued her mother’s legacy of unconventional beauty. At 18, Lily had no direct intentions of modeling but was asked by Hedi Slimane to walk for Saint Laurent one day in 2012 (Kristen gave her her first catwalking lesson the night before) and her career has been a steady incline ever since. Lily’s look is equally as strange and captivating as her mother’s though her almost surreal-like lips make her entirely distinct. Like her mom, Lily does not shy away from the more avant-garde and artistic jobs and has begun to make a career for herself as the go-to model for such projects.
Kristen and Lily McMenamy at Nick Knights "Fashion Revolution" opening in Paris, 2009.
(L) Lily and Kristen. (R) Kristen McMenamy (1995). Kristen McMenamy and Lily during New York Fashion Week 1995.
(L) Lily McMenamy for Self Service A/W 2014, Photo by Ezra Petronio. (R) Kristen McMenamy in Vogue Italia 1992, Photo by Steven Meisel.