Ava Sambora Makes Her Modeling Debut -- with Mom Heather Locklear in the Front Row

03/21/2010 at 01:18 PM ET

Gilbert Flores/Celebrity

There is another Hollywood kid on the block or, in this case, the catwalk. Ava Sambora, the 12-year-old daughter of actress Heather Locklear and Bon Jovi rocker Richie Sambora made her modeling debut in the White Trash Beautiful show, which kicked off L.A. Fashion Week. But it wasn’t a fluke that Ava walked in this show — the line is the creation of her father and designer Nikki Lund. Mom Heather Locklear beamed from the front row, while snapping photos on her iPhone as her look-alike daughter strutted down the runway. “I’m very, very proud of her. I’m very excited, and I’m here to support her, Locklear told PEOPLE. “And the minute she’s done I’m going to grab her and wipe off her makeup and get her into her pjs.” Lund, who sat next to Locklear during the show, understood her pal’s protective nature, “Heather is a good mother so she’s being a mother, you know. She’s being really, really good.” Not that Locklear had anything to worry about. Putting her superstar performance genes to good use, the teen was natural and confident as she glided down the runaway to “Livin on a Prayer” in four edgy, yet feminine, looks and “early” Bon Jovi-inspired accessories. Asked if Sambora seemed nervous before the show, Lund said, “No, she’s a diva! She’s ready to rock it, she’s amazing!” Proud papa Sambora couldn’t make the show due to a last minute scheduling conflict, but Lund was sending him photos the whole time, explaining, “He’s so excited about this, it’s his baby!” --Michelle Ward

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J.D. on

Ava is gorgeous. She looks so much like her mother.

BB on

She is much to young to be wearing THAT outfit…..doesn’t matter if it is a FASHION Show are not. It is NOT age appropriate.

patrick on

How can she let her 12-year old daughter wear something like that? Ridiculous.

Zoe on

Lol.honestly these parents who always critisize make me laugh,always taking things way seriously.maybe thats wat ur daughter dreams of doing and instead of asking they will just sneak off and u wnt be there to protect her since ure always acting perfect

Val on

The negative posters are just ridiculous already! Did you even read the article? She is only doing this because it’s her Dad’s line of clothing! Her Mom was there watching over her and she got to have some fun while helping out her Dad all while under Mom’s guidance. Lighten up, you people act like she’s a super model now and will be living the high life – read it again, Heather said when she’s done it’s home and off with the makeup and in her pj’s! And again, to the morons saying she should be modeling 12 year old clothes – again, she’s not working, it’s her Dad’s line and she simply did something fun! You crabs that posted negative comments are the ones who are teaching kids the wrong thing – to not read the whole article, to not understand what you read and that it’s ok to bash others when you don’t know anything about it even when it’s explained to you! Keep showing your kids that it’s ok to judge people and to be snotty just because you have a different opinion. Pathetic.

Bernadette on

I don’t care who’s kid she is.She is to young to be on the run away.

NTL on

Should a 12 year old girl be dressing like this????

Marly on

No way would I let someone dress my 12 year old up like this. Inappropriate at the very least.

ayjayokc on

I am not surprised at her age (most models are preteen or teenaged) but I agree with the others who say that dress is WAY too old for a child that age. Then again, that is the modeling world for ya. (And, no, she doesn’t look like her mother, People mag. Not at all.)

Cher on

She looks lovely. Good luck to her.

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