February 21, 2012 02:00 PM

Courtesy Versace, Inset: Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage

Modeling had always been a family affair for Cindy Crawford and her daughter Kaia Jordan — until Donatella Versace came calling!

“Her PR person called me. I think Donatella thought it would be fun because I had worked with Versace so much in the 80s and 90s,” Crawford, 46, tells The Daily Front Row of her daughter’s recent photo shoot as the face of Young Versace.

“[Kaia’s] done little modeling things with me, but it was always with me, and this was just her. And I really wanted her to have that experience.”

Calling the big day “sweet,” Crawford accompanied Kaia to the set, but let the 10-year-old shine in the spotlight. “I could hear and see everything, but I wanted it to be about her — not me,” she says.

“Donatella kept saying, ‘Come! Stand here by me and we’ll watch it on the monitor.’ But I didn’t want to be a stage mom and make her nervous.”

However, when the campaign launched and the photos were released, Crawford wasn’t prepared for the attention Kaia — and her ads — received from the public.

“Kaia isn’t modeling, per se — she doesn’t have a portfolio or an agent,” she reveals. “She did one picture and it ended up going everywhere! I didn’t quite understand how much media play it would get. They were very smart to choose her.”

But quick to lay any rumors to rest, Crawford insists Kaia’s solo modeling debut was a one-time event — at least for now. “At this point, she’s too young to pursue a career,” she explains. “But if she’s 17 and wants to try it … of course, what can I say?”

And Kaia’s take on it all? The proud mama laughs that a future in front of the cameras seems to only be a back up plan for her little lookalike.

“She’s really into singing and acting,” Crawford shares. “She kind of jokingly said, ‘I might model first because you don’t have to know how to do anything, but then I want to be a baby nurse.'”

— Anya Leon

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