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Heidi Klum and Seal | Source: Getty Images
Heidi Klum and Seal | Source: Getty Images

Heidi Klum & Seal's Daughter, 20, Flaunts Figure in Swimsuit During Family Trip, Sparking Mixed Reactions

Taitirwa Sehliselwe Murape
Jun 21, 2024
11:25 A.M.

The daughter of ex-couple Heidi Klum and Seal flaunted her figure in a swimsuit that left little to the imagination. Hard-to-miss photos of her enjoying a day at the beach with her boyfriend and family prompted a flurry of varied reactions online. Joining the young model was her mom, who has always spoken proudly of her.

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Bringing the heat to the sunny beaches of Sardinia, Italy, Leni Olumi Klum, the 20-year-old daughter of supermodel icon Heidi Klum and legendary musician Seal, left mouths agape with the swimsuit she wore. On June 20, the internet was set ablaze with vacation photos of Leni that the public had much to say about.

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Embracing the serenity and excitement of being on a fabulous family getaway, Leni was a vision in a colorful bikini. Keeping things fashionable, she paired her two-piece with chic black sunglasses and a trendy necklace and styled her dark locks into a messy bun.

Joining the young model on the rise was her boyfriend, Aris Rachevsky, who wore blue board shorts and accessorized with a gold necklace. In some snaps, he was seen listening to some tunes, plugging his earphones into one of his ears.

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Several images shared online show the duo, who have reportedly been dating for about three years, being affectionate with each other. At one point, Aris appeared to be taking pictures of his girlfriend as she posed on a beach rock.

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Apart from Aris, Leni was also joined by her mom, Heidi, and her stepfather (Heidi's husband), Tom Kaulitz. Matching her daughter's beach day vibe, Heidi, who felt particularly free at one point, also wore sunglasses and a bikini, hers being dark in color and decorated with floral patterns.

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Like the young lovebirds, Heidi and Tom, who wore flowy pants, a long-sleeved blue top, and a blue cap, also enjoyed some alone time, sharing tender kisses and embraces while lounging on chairs.

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Public reaction to the pictures shared online of the family's beach day during their Sardinia vacation caused an online commotion. Most people were unimpressed, to say the least, by Leni's appearance and actions with her boyfriend. "May I suggest the bikini is too tiny," wrote a Facebooker.

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Another chimed in with, "Certainly doesn't behave very classy." Disagreeing with an article headline calling Leni curvy, a social media user remarked, "Straight body no curves." Someone else who thinks that Leni looks like her biological father, Flavio Briatore, asserted, "She resembles her dad."

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A particularly opinionated commenter that came to Leni's defense, penned a lengthy message. In it, they expressed, "She is a beautiful girl..and no she's not too skinny despite the bullying in these comments..but she's just straight up and down not a curve in sight. That's ok.. but when we think incredible figure we think Sophia Vergara for example."

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Bringing Leni's mom into the online debate concerning the belief of some that their outfits were too revealing, some fans praised Heidi. "She wants to feel natural, good for her!" exclaimed an admirer.

Heidi Klum posing for a picture, posted on June 19, 2024 | Source: Instagram/heidiklum

Heidi Klum posing for a picture, posted on June 19, 2024 | Source: Instagram/heidiklum

Another echoed, "If You've Got It Why Not Flaunt It? She Is Absolutely Gorgeous ❤️." Speaking about Heidi and Leni, another Facebooker stated, "Like mother like daughter…"

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When it comes to the aforementioned comment about the mother and daughter sharing a likeness, Heidi and Leni are similar in more ways than one. Following her mom's career footsteps, the 20-year-old has already started modeling.

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In 2021, Heidi boasted about Leni's modeling debut at 16, where she was featured on the cover of German Vogue in December 2020. Of her daughter, she gushed, "She's been doing fantastic. She's been wanting to model for quite some time. And I finally said yes because she's now old enough."

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Discussing her mother and watching her model for years when she was younger, Leni previously divulged, "I had grown up going to work with my mom." She then reiterated, "Ever since 11 or 12 years old I've been begging her and then finally I turned 16 and she said that I could finally start modelling."

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Heidi Klum has also given some good advice to her daughter on the matter of modeling. "She's always telling me I need to have fun… She's always like bounce around have fun, be energetic, be excited," Leni shared in a past interview.

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Since her modeling debut, Leni Klum has been leaving the public wanting more with her stunning looks and ensembles, like the memorable outfit she rocked at the amfAR Cannes Gala in France on May 23.

Leni Olumi Klum at the amfAR Cannes Gala in France in Cap d'Antibes, France on May 23, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

Leni Olumi Klum at the amfAR Cannes Gala in France in Cap d'Antibes, France on May 23, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

Leni wore a long black fishnet dress with ruffles accentuating the bust and waist. The off-the-shoulder dress, complete with sleeves, was elegantly paired with a diamond necklace. Completing the ensemble, Leni styled her hair in a chic half-up, half-down look.

Leni Olumi Klum at the amfAR Cannes Gala in France in Cap d'Antibes, France on May 23, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

Leni Olumi Klum at the amfAR Cannes Gala in France in Cap d'Antibes, France on May 23, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

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Her makeup was also a fan favorite. She opted for light shadow on her lids, enhancing her blue eyes with black eyeliner. The rest of her face was kept simple with a hint of blush and a pink nude lip.

Leni Olumi Klum at the amfAR Cannes Gala in France in Cap d'Antibes, France on May 23, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

Leni Olumi Klum at the amfAR Cannes Gala in France in Cap d'Antibes, France on May 23, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

Commenters could not get enough of her makeup. "Most beautiful," remarked one netizen. "So, so beautiful," added another. One commenter even believed Leni outshone her mother but had mixed feelings about her makeup, "God, what a beauty! Mom tried her best! Makeup… unusual. Eyebrows: top class!" they expressed.

Leni Olumi Klum at the amfAR Cannes Gala in France in Cap d'Antibes, France on May 23, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

Leni Olumi Klum at the amfAR Cannes Gala in France in Cap d'Antibes, France on May 23, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

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Leni and Heidi grabbed everyone's attention when they walked the carpet at the event. Videos of the two of them surfaced on the internet, and fans couldn't help but gush over the mother-daughter duo.

Leni Olumi and Heidi Klum at the amfAR Cannes Gala in France in Cap d'Antibes, France on May 23, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

Leni Olumi and Heidi Klum at the amfAR Cannes Gala in France in Cap d'Antibes, France on May 23, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

For her outfit, Heidi matched her daughter with the ruffles but chose a more dramatic look. Her gown was fully ruffled with an asymmetric silhouette and a long train. She kept her hair down, showcased her long model legs, and finished off the look with metallic shoes.

Leni Olumi and Heidi Klum at the amfAR Cannes Gala in France in Cap d'Antibes, France on May 23, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

Leni Olumi and Heidi Klum at the amfAR Cannes Gala in France in Cap d'Antibes, France on May 23, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

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Viewers were ecstatic to see Heidi and her daughter walk the red carpet. "Heidi and Leni OMG, absolutely stunning," expressed an Instagram user. Another person shared the same sentiment by adding, "They are so iconic and amazing. I have great admiration."

Heidi and Leni Olumi Klum at the amfAR Cannes Gala in France in Cap d'Antibes, France on May 23, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

Heidi and Leni Olumi Klum at the amfAR Cannes Gala in France in Cap d'Antibes, France on May 23, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

Leni might have stolen the show with her confident strut, but internet users still thought she got her looks from her mother. One conflicted commenter wrote, "I was going to say she looked prettier than mom... and Heidi is stunning."

Another netizen praised Leni for her beauty, stating, "Her daughter is gorgeous like her," with another adding, "Pretty like her mother."

Heidi and Leni Olumi Klum at the amfAR Cannes Gala in France in Cap d'Antibes, France on May 23, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

Heidi and Leni Olumi Klum at the amfAR Cannes Gala in France in Cap d'Antibes, France on May 23, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

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It is no surprise that Leni can confidently walk the red carpet with several cameras around her, given that her mom showed her the ropes of modeling.

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Adding to the support Leni has regarding her career endeavors is her doting dad, Seal. He previously gushed over her, expressing how proud he was of his daughter. Besides what she has achieved thus far, Seal is in awe of the young woman he has raised.

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The singer said, "But I'm more proud of everything that she is. She walks through life with this type of humility that allows her to move so gracefully through it all, and she has an innate understanding of people in general and people's feelings. So I'm kind of more impressed with everything that she is."

Leni Olumi Klum and Seal at the premiere of "The Harder They Fall" in Los Angeles, California in 2021. | Source: Getty Images

Leni Olumi Klum and Seal at the premiere of "The Harder They Fall" in Los Angeles, California in 2021. | Source: Getty Images

Coming from a family with famous parents, Leni is aware of her privilege. She admitted that she was grateful to have had her mother help jump-start her modeling career. However, Leni is putting in the work and time and juggles many things at once.

She's a college student in New York studying interior design, but that does not stop her from jumping on the next plane with her homework to walk a runway. Leni is excited for her journey ahead. At only 20 years old, she has landed deals with big brands such as Dior and GHD.

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