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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Lori on

What message are we sending our young daughters when they see a 12 year old dressing like this? Am I going to buy this for my 12 year old daughter….I think not! What is the fasion/designers industry thinking??

Theresa on

It’s just like she is in a pageant..don’t really see nothing wrong with it.

Jan on

Beautiful girl…but 12? Not in this outfit…Look out parents. You are asking for trouble…

Pamela on

Yikes… Not another one. She’s very ordinary….

Steph on

She looks adorable. The make up is simple and what matters is that she’s not walking down the street like that. If it’s something she wants to pursue then good for her. She looks adorable.

christine on

My daugther 13 and has done some modeling since she was 10. After she does what she needs to do she’s back to her jeans and -shirts and homework. I thought she looked beautiful great job Ava

Deborah on

Ava is very pretty, but at 12 years old I think the outfit was way too old and is sending the wrong message to teenagers–

Sylvia on

Oh Well…I think she is too young to be out there…mom and pop should keep an eye on her, make sure she walk a straight line…

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