Kaia Gerber Has an Iconic Model For a Mentor — Aside From, Y'know, Her Mom, Cindy Crawford

Kaia Gerber is learning from the best. In addition to having Cindy Crawford as a mom, the 17-year-old model also gets to call Naomi Campbell her mentor. In a recent appearance on Watch What Happens Live, Naomi said she's taken pride in mentoring Kaia, who affectionately refers to her as her "auntie."

"She's adorable. I'm very proud of Kaia," Naomi said. The two first connected at the home of fashion designer Azzedine Alaïa, who passed away on Nov. 18, 2017. "I sat with her and her mother at Azzedine Alaïa's — my late papa who is no longer here — and we sat on the kitchen table and we just went through all the shows she should do and shouldn't do at the moment, 'cause she's a baby." Naomi added, "She has followed everything!"

Ahead, watch Naomi's sweet remarks in the interview and enjoy a few pictures of the two models spending time together.

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Farida Khelfa, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Azzedine Alaïa's cousin Montassar Alaïa, and Kaia Gerber attended an exhibit in honor of the late fashion designer during Paris Fashion Week on Jan. 21, 2018.

Kaia Gerber, Cindy Crawford, and Naomi Campbell posed for a picture during Milan Fashion Week in September 2017.

The models celebrated after the incredible Versace Spring 2018 show during Milan Fashion Week, in which Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer, Helena Christensen, and Carla Bruni all walked down the runway.