Heidi Klum: 'I'm so proud of how my daughter is juggling college and career!'

Heidi Klum is so "proud" of how her eldest is managing to go to college and pursue a career in modelling at the same time.

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Heidi Klum is so proud of her daughter Leni
Heidi Klum is so proud of her daughter Leni

Hedi Klum is "very proud" of how her daughter is balancing her career and her studies

The 49-year-old supermodel is mother to Leni, 18, with ex-partner Flavio Briatore as well as Henry, 17 · Johan, 16, and 13-year-old Lou with former husband Seal and is amazed that her eldest - who is currently studying interior design whilst also following in her mother's footsteps - is managing to carve out a career and study at the same time.

She told PEOPLE: "I'm very proud of my daughter and her modelling. And she's studying at the same time, she's juggling already!"

Before allowing her to pursue a modelling career at the age of 16, Heidi previously explained that Leni - who has now starred in campaigns for brands such as Dolce and Gabanna and graced the cover of Vogue - had been approached for fashion work since childhood but held off until she felt comfortable putting her in the public eye.

She said: "She's old enough now. I always thought she was too young. We always also decided to keep the children out of the public eye. But she's driving a car now, she's 16, so I figured if you can do that, you can also model now if this is what you wish to do.

"Obviously, as a mother, [I want my] child to do what she wants to do. The industry is great and I love it and I've been in it for over 20 years but it's also, it's a lot of traveling, it's different. You have to be a strong person, especially as a woman you have to be very strong."