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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missy on

don’t be too oldfashioned, some kids are just more mature than the others.Ava probably loves fashion- she’s such a girly girl – and was safe with her mom and friends around.At least it’s not that bad as Cyrus or Kardashians lil sis behaviour

Laura on

My goodness … so many haters! She’ll be wearing a whole lot less this summer at the beach. Get your heads out of the gutter! Her mom and dad love her very much!

Jennifer on

She’s twelve?!?

katharine g on

you would never see jon bon jovi parading his kids in this manner…very bad parenting.

marie on

she doesn’t look like a model or a 12 year old. this is the problem with celebs spoiling their kids. take them on a vacation, don’t put your preteens in fashion shows for your adult fashion line.

Linds on

The thing is, there are hundreds of 12 year old models out there, who dress in outfits much less age appropriate.

Would you have guessed this girl was 12 if you hadn’t read the article? No, you wouldn’t have. You never know how young models actually are, because they all look older.

Models have always started this young, fact. If you don’t have a foot in the door by 16 or 18, you’re out. You may as well quit. It’s a harsh business. If you want to make it, you have to start young.

Denise on

I don’t have a problem with the modelling. It’s WHAT she’s modelling that is a problem. She’s 12. Age appropriate apparel would be nice.

cheryl on

It’s not about the age, as much as the clothes. She wears them well. She very supervised, which is more than most 12 yr. olds. And, she’s learning the value of making her own money. Like the chinese teach their children very young to work. I think this is very tastefully done, and fashion forward…Women should be able to wear what they want and not be considered obsene in expressing themselves…kudos to the Sambora family…

Zoey on

Nothing wrong with a 12 year old modeling (Tween clothes), but that dress so TOO SHORT. Period, end of story. Yes, everyone wears swimsuits at the beach, and my mother made me wear a one-piece till I was 15. 12 years old is 6th grade people, and for some (like myself) that was elementary school. YIKES. Really, no one has a problem with a little 6th grade girl wearing this outfit to the end of the year dance? YIKES, what is this world coming too. Now, I do not think that this makes her parents bad parents, this was just a poor choice on their part and they shouldn’t let her wear clothes like that!

Lori on

12?? Am I the only mom who wants to run up there with a big sheet and cover her up???? They couldn’t find an outfit that covered just a little more? For goodness sake, she’s a child! >:(

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