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Heidi Klum Defended Her Daughters’ Clothing Choices: ‘They Can Wear What They Want’

Parents, do you agree?

Heidi Klum doesn’t have time for your opinions about how her kids dress. In an interview with ELLE magazine, the supermodel/business mogul defended her daughters — Leni, 14, and Lou, 8 — and they way they express their personal style.

“People get upset, especially in Germany, if they see my daughters wearing high heels. Big deal!” she told the magazine. “If we go to a restaurant, they like to get dressed up. It’s fun for them. So what if they hobble on their little heels for 20 steps from the car to the restaurant?”

Klum said she cares about how her children are as people, rather than their outfits. “As long as they’re good kids and they get good grades, they can wear what they want to wear,” she told ELLE.

A Family Affair

In addition to Leni and Lou, Klum is the mother of two sons — Henry, 12, and Johan, 11.

Leni’s biological father is Flavio Briatore, an Italian businessman. The little girl was adopted by Klum’s former husband, Seal, and raised as his child, along with the three children Seal and Klum went on to have together. The couple married in 2005 and split in 2012.

Heidi Klum Seal photo
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While you won’t find tons of photos of the Klum kids on Instagram (she keeps that part of her life pretty private!), there are the occasional photos that showcase what this mom of four values.

For instance, she took at least one of her children to celebrate a Pride parade, as you can see from this Instagram post:

Happy Pride ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 #love #liveandletlive #nyc

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Klum also spent some quality time with the kids at Disneyland. You can get a glimpse of the mama on the Dumbo the Flying Elephant ride with one of her kids in this Instagram shot:

Klum and Seal appear to have instilled a love of music in their children. The proud mom filmed her youngest playing the piano in an Instagram video:

LOU 😊❤️

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Klum has also introduced her kids to new cultures through traveling the world with them, as you can see in this family photo from Beijing that she shared on Instagram:

Tiananmen Beijing

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Of all her roles, “mother” is not one Klum takes lightly.

“With things in business, if something goes wrong, it goes wrong,” the mom told Parenting.com. “You don’t want to mess up with your children. That is something that you can never take back.”

It definitely seems Klum takes the important job of raising children seriously and gives them the tools to be well-rounded individuals. They’re also welcome to express themselves — even if that means wearing high heels to dinner — because at the end of the day, does something as trivial as footwear really matter, anyway?

Parents, what do you think of Klum’s parenting style?