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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Stuck in the 80's on

At least her mother was with her unlike some child stars from Disney, the whole Disney Girls are following in Britney’s foot steps.

Angel on

She’s beautiful! but I thought she was blonde, whatever, I don’t think it matters that much.

wiccanway on


KT on

She’s 12?!?! What in the world is she doing this type of show??? I don’t have a problem with her being a model at 12, but NOT for adults!!! Not smart. JMHO

jesa on

come off it – she looks fantastic – it’s not like her 12 year old body parts are on ‘display’, besides, what i really love about this photo? she doesn’t look like the ‘stereotypical’ starving model. She looks healthy and vibrant – congrats, doll!

cheryl on

That’s fair. Her parents are famous so she gets to model. what about all the other kids out there who work hard and want to break into the biz, but don’t have famous parents to pull strings for them. And those other kids could probably use the money they would of made from the show.
ONce again famous people get whatever they want!

Angel on

She is very pretty, doesn’t look 12 at all. I think she looks like her dad.

Gigi on

12 years old?? Inappropriate much? What’s the world coming to.

ComeShopPinkLemonade on

She looks beautiful and there is nothing wrong with modeling at 12 years old.

Go Ava!

Bonnie-NYC on

Love Heather and Richie. I understand the need to teach your daughter the ropes but at 12 years old this it beyond comprehension…

She looks like a 20 something yr old playing dress up, not a good pose either (is this the best picture)?

PLEASE teach her right from wrong and survival skills, not “how beautiful can I be at 12” skills…………………….

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