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Madonna’s Daughter Lourdes Leon Follows In Her Mom’s Footsteps As Jean Paul Gaultier’s Muse

by Kim Wong-Shing
Kim Wong-Shing is a staff writer at LittleThings. Her work spans beauty, wellness, pop culture, identity, food, and other topics. She is a contributing writer at NaturallyCurly, and her work has also appeared in HelloGiggles, Lifehacker, Wear Your Voice Magazine, and other outlets. She grew up in Philadelphia, attended Brown University, and is now based in New Orleans.

Madonna and designer Jean Paul Gaultier have long had a close relationship. Gaultier was the one who designed Madonna’s most iconic outfit: the cone bra from her 1990 Blond Ambition World Tour.

Now Madonna’s daughter is taking over as Gaultier’s resident muse.

Lourdes Leon, 22, is Madonna’s oldest daughter. She just became the face of Gaultier’s new capsule collection, a collaboration with the streetwear brand Supreme. Gaultier used his early ’90s designs as inspiration for the collection, so it only made sense for Madonna’s own daughter to model the styles.

Lourdes generally prefers to stay out of the spotlight. She doesn’t have a public Instagram, and she has never sat down for an interview.

She did, however, quietly attend the University of Michigan for four years, and she’s had a lengthy modeling career, starting with her child model days in her mom’s Material Girl campaigns for Macy’s.

The Gaultier collaboration isn’t the first time Lourdes has followed in her iconic mother’s footsteps.

Lourdes Leon is Madonna’s oldest daughter. Her father is Carlos Leon, an actor who dated Madonna in the 1990s.

The 22-year-old has never seemed eager to be in the spotlight. She doesn’t post on social media, she doesn’t do interviews, and she doesn’t show up all over the news.

Instead, Lourdes went to college at her mom’s alma mater, University of Michigan. She also maintains a tight relationship with her family, including her five siblings — Rocco, 18; twins Mercy and David, 13; and twins Estere and Stella, 6.

Lourdes has followed in her mom’s footsteps in a number of ways, however. One way is her love for fashion.

Lourdes has been modeling since she was a kid. In more recent years, she has become a fixture on the New York Fashion Week scene.

Last year, she walked the NYFW runway for Gypsy Sport, wearing a daringly skimpy outfit.

She also posed for Vogue Germany.

Lourdes also modeled in an ad campaign for Stella McCartney’s perfume Pop (alongside Grimes and Amandla Stenberg). Back in 2011, she walked the runway hand-in-hand with Kelly Osbourne for Madonna’s Material Girl show.

Lourdes also shares her mom’s disregard for certain conventional beauty standards.

She proudly sports armpit hair, and she even rocked unshaven leg hair during her NYFW runway debut last year. Similarly, Madonna was one of the first celebrities to openly embrace her body hair.

Now Lourdes is taking up her mom’s mantle and paying homage at the same time. She’s serving as a muse for Jean Paul Gaultier, the designer who has been dressing Madonna for decades and who designed her iconic cone bra in 1990.

Lourdes modeled some of the first looks for Gaultier’s new capsule collection with Supreme.

The collection is based on Gaultier’s early ’90s designs that Madonna originally wore.

For example: Back then, he made T-shirts with the phrase “Fight Racism.” His 2019 collection includes a pair of pants that say “F*** Racism.”

In addition to the pants, Lourdes also modeled a pinstripe blazer, a blue-and-red checkered fur coat, a plain white tank top, a “Gaultier Supreme” belt, and chunky combat boots.

The collection is just one of many designer collaborations from Supreme, and Gaultier says it was a natural progression for him.

“I have been including elements of sportswear in my collections from the very beginning,” he told Vogue. “It has been one of my codes and my obsessions, I even developed a line ‘Junior Gaultier’ at the end of the 1980s [with that focus]. With Supreme, this inspiration will find its way to a new generation.”

The collection launched on April 11, and like previous Supreme collaborations, it sold out VERY quickly. Like, within minutes.

But you can still check out the entire collection for funsies here.