The mother-daughter relationship is one of the most powerful and complex bonds that exist. A daughter can either love her mother, or have a rocky relationship with her, but at the end of the day she will still be a chip off the old block. And not only will her personality resemble that of her mom, in many cases, a daughter will be her mother’s younger version – in looks, attitude, in everything, really.
In Hollywood, beautiful daughters following into their celebrity moms’ footsteps has always been an undying trend. From Melanie Griffith to Reese Witherspoon to Demi Moore – many gorgeous Hollywood mothers have brought to this world some very, VERY lucky female offspring. The kids born and raised in star families in the 1990s and early 2000s have fully bloomed into stunning and talented young ladies who are already breaking into the spotlight.
We present you with visual evidence of how strong the genes are in these 15 celebrity families. Enjoy a double dose of gorgeousness.
15 Reese Witherspoon (40) And Ava Phillippe (17)
‘Like mother, like daughter’ cannot be more true when it comes to these two.
In February, Reese Witherspoon proudly debuted both her newest project, the HBO series Big Little Lies, and her look-alike daughter Ava Phillippe. The likeness between the two has been noticed not only by the media and the fans – Witherspoon sees it, too.
This is what she said to Vanity Fair, "I do see a resemblance. She is a beautiful person inside and out. I'm just 'Mom' to her. I really have a rich, personal relationship with my daughter." The logical path for Ava to follow is to become an actress just like mom and dad (actor Ryan Phillippe). Or a model, of course. Her mom, though, thinks there is no rush for her to decide yet. "She is still in high school, so she has a lot of time to make up her mind what she wants to do next." And then Witherspoon threw a one-hundred percent cliché movie-script line which goes like this, "I want for her whatever she wants for herself." Of course, she does!
14 Lisa Bonet (49) And Zoë Kravitz (28)
You probably recognize the family name of the daughter than that of the mother. That is correct! This chocolate beauty is the rock legend Lenny Kravitz’s daughter. But the mom is also someone in showbiz. Lisa Bonet is best known for her role as Denise Huxtable-Kendall in The Cosby Show.
Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet have been happily divorced for 14 years now, but one can still spot them together here and there. Last time when they were photographed together was at the Yves Saint Laurent’s show in LA last year, when they posed together with their daughter and her fiancé, George Lewis Jr. Actually, Zoë’s high-profile parents cannot be prouder of her sky-rocketing acting career. A wake-up call was her appearance to-be-remembered in the Oscar-nominated movie Mad Max: Fury Road (2015). And when not working as an actress, Zoë Kravitz fronts the band Lolawolf – an R&B/electropop trio based in Brooklyn, NY.
13 Melanie Griffith (59) And Dakota Johnson (27)
Not every mother would be happy to see her daughter being sexually taken in all possible ways (and some of them quite unorthodox!), but Melanie Griffith is not one of them. She’s been actively acting since 1969, and by now she has learned that an actress’ work is pretty much about pretending. But with her daughter’s career on the rise now, the former Hollywood sweetheart must be having some mixed feelings. In February 2015, just days after the release of Fifty Shades of Grey, Griffith said on the Oscars red carpet she didn’t need to see the film to know how good of an actress her daughter is. This comment didn’t go unnoticed, and Johnson didn’t hesitate to snap back, “Ok, then don’t, mother! Jesus Christ!”
We are pretty sure Griffith skipped out on the sequel, too.
This is what we call a mother-daughter rivalry in action.
12 Andie MacDowell (58) And Rainey Qualley (27)
Here is another look-alike duo. Rainey Qualley is the spitting image of her famous mother, whom we remember mostly for her acting in iconic movies like Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989) and Four Weddings And a Funeral (1994). She has also modelled for Calvin Klein and been a spokesperson for L’Oréal. Rainey is her daughter from her first marriage to model Paul Qualley — a relationship which lasted 13 years, till 1999.
Their daughter is going in a slightly different direction than her parents. The 27-year-old is an aspiring music star. Although many believe that having famous parents is the ultimate means for paving one’s career, Rainey is not that sure. “I think people kind of have a preconceived idea of who you are, what your life has been like, and I don’t know if that’s necessarily detrimental or positive,“ she explained to Fox 411. Some envious minds, though, predict no glorious future in the musical business for this one, and would rather see her in shampoo ads.
11 Jada Pinkett Smith (45) And Willow Smith (16)
When Willow appeared on the cover of Teen Vogue, with her nose pierced and wearing provocative makeup, people were like, “Wow! When did Will and Jada’s little baby grow into this shocking beauty!” Since then, she has become an icon of a totally new generation of young people who are not exactly on a quest of finding themselves, but rather creating themselves. At such a young age, Willow has already chiseled her own eccentric style and has become recognizable for her changing looks and crazy makeup and clothes. Beside the modelling thing, Jada is also making surprisingly good music and getting herself engaged in various environmental projects. She wants to make a difference by raising awareness of the condition our planet is in.
Mother and daughter must share a really special connection as they are often spotted out on the town for a night out, dressed to match.
10 Lisa Marie Presley (49) And Riley Keough (27)
Let’s be honest here, Lisa Marie Presley is famous not for her own incredible achievements, but because she is first, daughter of Elvis 'the King' Presley, and second, former wife of Michael (the other King) Jackson. What she will be most remembered for is not her music career, but her four failed marriages.
Riley is the fruit of her earliest fling, with Danny Keough, which, as the word “fling” suggests, didn’t last long. Fans still talk about the kiss young Riley shared with Justin Timberlake in the music video to his song “TKO.” Yet, Riley’s proved to have much more potential than that of a passionate kisser. So far, she starred in a couple of noteworthy productions, among which the drama film about the 1970s rock band The Runaways (2010), Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), and American Honey (2016). For her performance in the controversial TV series The Girlfriend Experience, the young actress earned herself a Golden Globe nomination.
9 Yasmin Le Bon (52) And Amber Le Bon (27)
She has the legs and the body shape of her supermodel mom Yasmin. In addition, she has the ear and passion for music of her famed father, Simon Le Bon, the lead singer of the band Duran Duran. Amber Le Bon was simply destined to succeed in life! She is, actually, the oldest of the three daughters in the celebrity Le Bon family. In 2007, she was voted the World’s Hottest Celebrity Daughter by visitors of the men’s Zoo Today magazine. Beside being a model and fronting campaigns for Pantene, Amber is proving to be a really good DJ. Now both mother, who was among the highest paid models in the 1980s, and daughter are currently represented by Elite Model Management.
8 Cindy Crawford (51) And Kaia Gerber (15)
Cindy Crawford was one of the top supermodels of the 1990s. In 1995, Forbes named her the highest paid model in the world. The years of success on the catwalk made her an international celebrity, which led to roles in television and films. She is also the face of numerous advertising campaigns and charity undertakings.
In 1998, after one failed marriage with Richard Gere, Crawford tied the knot again with former model Rande Gerber. The natural result of the relationship between those two beautiful people was daughter Kaia, born in 2001.
15 years later, Kaia entered the modelling world herself, and is already making waves with her appearances in shows for Mark Jacobs. She has also adorned the pages of Teen Vogue, Pop Magazine, and Paris Vogue.
Not long ago, the 50-year-old mom shared her concern with Vogue Australia, “I hit the top of the modelling world, and if she doesn’t it might be a lot of pressure for her.”
Hopefully, the future will prove Crawford wrong. We’ll wait and see.
7 Jerry Hall (60) And Georgia May Jagger (25)
Mom is Jerry Hall, a Texas beauty, best known for her relationship with Mick Jagger, with whom she has four children. The couple split in 1999, the reason being Jagger’s infidelity. Hall stayed single for 16 years, before she married the business magnate Rupert Murdoch. Georgia May is a rebellious child who never counted on her famous parents’ fame and money. The blonde beauty has managed to create her own name in the fashion industry. She has modelled for Chanel, H&M, Miu Miu, Vivienne Westwood, and others. But although she seems to have put her foot on the top of the world, Georgia May is very much down-to-earth and approachable. And if you happen to talk to her, she sure can give you some priceless career advice: “Always be on time and always be nice to everybody.” We are writing this down, Georgia May, thank you very much!
6 Demi Moore (54) And Rumer Willis (28)
Once, before turning into Hollywood’s hottest cougar, Demi Moore was a fresh, unexperienced 17-year-old girl, whose first marriage was to a guy 12 years her senior. No kids from this union. From her second marriage to actor Bruce Willis, however, she got three daughters, the oldest of whom is Rumer (born 1988). Currently, Rumer is most famous for winning season 20 of Dancing With the Stars. In 2015, she made her Broadway debut in the musical Chicago as Roxie Hart.
Mother and daughter often appear together in photo sessions and public events dressed alike in order to accentuate their physical resemblance. When Rumer turned 28, she posted the following sweet message on Instagram, “Thanks, Mom, for cooking me for nine months!”
Demi Moore must know a very special recipe for making babies, because not only Rumer, but also her other two daughters with Willis, Scout and Tallulah, are beautiful and talented. It’s a shame she let go of her much younger third hubby, Ashton Kutcher, before baking another bun in the oven!
5 Uma Thurman (46) And Maya Thurman-Hawke (18)
Uma Thurman was seven months pregnant with Maya when she said “I do” to Ethan Hawke in 1998. At the tender age of 18, it is already obvious that this celebrity child has picked up the performance bug from her star parents. Beside her passion for singing occasionally with her father, who plays the guitar, Maya is going to appear in the upcoming movie, Get Lost. Hawke and Thurman’s youngest one studies at the prestigious Juilliard, and when she doesn’t go to school, she has the greatest summer job for a college girl — modelling. Her latest job was for AllSaints spring/summer 2017 collection. Despite her heavily-hyphenated surname, the girl somehow managed not to fall into the actors’ child trap, thanks to the fact that she grew up far away from Hollywood, dividing her time between New York and Woodstock.
4 Madonna (58) And Lurdes Leon (20)
No doubt about it, Lourdes Leon is an exact copy of her famous mom, although she is not following into Madonna’s Blond Ambition footsteps. She’s got her dad’s hair and eyes, and so far, she has shown no intention to go blonde. When the father (Carlos Leon) is a personal trainer and a health guru, it’s very logical for the daughter to also be into a healthy lifestyle. Except Lourdes, or Lola, as everybody calls her, likes junk food – she was a teenager just a year ago after all! But she still eats her greens, works out regularly, and takes dance classes. And, of course, she may take her studies at the University of Michigan very seriously, but still fancies a modelling career. Her biggest modelling gig so far has been with Stella McCartney when she was featured as one of the faces of the designer‘s new POP fragrance campaign.
3 Vanessa Paradis (44) And Lily-Rose Depp (17)
The mom became a star at the age of 14 when she released her worldwide hit Joe le taxi. Through the years, she did fashion, singing, acting, and… dating. Before ending up in Johnny Depp’s arms, she dated a bunch of other famous people, including Lenny Kravitz!
As for her daughter, she wanted to be a singer, too, and she DOES sing quite well, but once she started acting, she felt so comfortable that she decided to stick to acting for now... and quit school! For her parents, however, this doesn’t seem like the greatest idea. They’d rather she had a proper childhood. But what teen ever listens to their parents? To Telegraph, Lily-Rose explained her decision to drop out of school, “I’m serious about my decision to become an actress, and I don’t want to waste my time writing school papers and sitting in a classroom.”
Ah, those kids! But can you say “No” to somebody who is the face of Chanel No.5, can you?
2 Robin Wright (50) And Dylan Penn (25)
Robin Wright and Sean Penn is another divorced couple who made some very beautiful kids. Their eldest daughter started modelling quite early, and her first billboards were for Gap. But she attracted the public eye when she declined a $150,000 offer to pose for the cover of Playboy. However, just a month later she turned heads when she appeared completely naked, with her privates covered only by a Fendi bag, on the cover of the treats! magazine. Dylan has also played minor roles in a couple of movies. Although her acting career looks less than impressive so far, her modelling does wonders for her public image. In 2014, she entered both men’s dreams and the AskMen 99 Most Desirable Women list at number 93.
1 Meryl Streep (67) And Daughters (Mamie, 33, Grace, 30, And Louisa, 25)
Undoubtedly, there is so much talent and beauty running in the DNA of those four that one easily gets addicted to this family. Meryl Streep's oldest daughter, Mamie, followed in her famous mom’s footsteps and has already made quite a name for herself in Hollywood. Grace’s acting career is also on the rise – she received a Theatre World Award for her Broadway debut in Arcadia. She has also appeared on television series: American Horror Story, Extant, and Mr. Robot. As for the youngest one, Louisa, for now, she is choosing to be a professional model. She has shot campaigns for Dior, and done photo sessions for Vanity Fair and Glamour. The sister trio, together with their brother Henry, is the reason why their mother managed to retain her sense of normality through all those years in Hollywood. Streep has often said that having children is the secret to staying grounded in a world where everybody’s treating you like a queen.
Sources: hellomagazine.com, dailymail.co.uk, elle.com