20+ Celebrities Who Prove Good Genes Are Everything
by Faith Brar
It is no secret that Hollywood is filled with good looks and talent. Some celebrities earn their place, but others inherit it. Here is a roundup of A-listers who are basically their parents’ doppelgängers, proving they have good genes to thank for some of their success.
David and Victoria Beckham were bound to have good-looking children—and they did indeed. Brooklyn, Romeo, Cruz, and Harper were blessed with amazing genes and have inherited both their parents’ good looks and talents. All three boys have shown immense promise in soccer and have even added modeling to their resumes. Mom and dad must be proud.
The star gene runs strong in this family. Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith bring a lot of talent to the table, and their kids, Jaden and Willow, inherited their fair share. The siblings have both appeared in several movies and have shown an interest in rap music.
Yolanda Foster, retired supermodel and reality star, is mother to Anwar, Gigi, and Bella Hadid. Gigi and Bella are some of the biggest names in the fashion industry today—the sisters were featured in Balmain’s sibling-themed commercials this fall. Anwar, the youngest of the three, made his debut as a model in Nylon magazine this September and is quickly following in his sisters’ footsteps.
Jon Voight was quite the charmer in his day. His high cheekbones and mesmerizing lips were certainly inherited by his daughter, Angelina Jolie, who has turned those features into trademarks. The father and daughter are both Academy Awards winners.
It’s safe to say Lourdes Leon is looking and acting more and more like her mother, Madonna, with every passing day. Having turned 19, Leon started her sophomore year at the University of Michigan in the fall as a music, theater, and dance major, just like her mother. Time will tell if her good genes will make her the next Queen of Pop.
Liv Tyler spent her childhood not knowing her father was Steven Tyler—lead singer of Aerosmith. When the truth came out, she was 11 years old. A lot has changed since then. The father and daughter have built a strong and unique bond over the years. It also seems like Liz Tyler has inherited her father’s gorgeous locks.
It’s not common to associate the word “hot” with an 85-year-old man, but Clint Eastwood is an exception. The Academy Awards-winning actor and director shares his good looks with his youngest son, Scott Eastwood, who may not be critically acclaimed for his acting career but is quite the heartthrob.
Not only does he take after his father, Kirk Douglas, with an exquisite talent for acting, the father and son have both been known to be womanizers in the past.
Hudson has nothing to fear if her future looks like her mom Goldie Hawn’s present. These is no hiding the fact these girls came from the same gene pool. Their golden hair and freakishly similar mannerisms make them an idyllic mother-daughter duo.
Colin Hanks looks almost identical to his dad, Tom Hanks, in the movie Big—minus the ’80s hair of course. The father and son are both also award-winning actors. It’s safe to say that good genes came into play here.
The Kardashian/Jenner Clan
There isn’t a shortage of good looks in this family. Some would even argue that their voluptuous figures and perfect Armenian features are the reason they are so successful in the first place. Regardless, good genes run deep in this family.
Because their relationship was distant, Norah Jones doesn’t like to associate her career with that of her father, Ravi Shankar. But it doesn’t take a genius to figure out she definitely has his genes to thank for her impeccable musical talents.
Ben Stiller gets his funny bones from none other than his father, Jerry Stiller, who has been an iconic comedian in Hollywood for decades, and from his mother, comedienne Anne Meara. Stiller’s son has not only followed in his footsteps but has become a household name thanks to hit comedies like Meet the Parents and Zoolander.
There is no shortage of talent with Liza Minnelli and her deceased mother, Judy Garland. They both have several Golden Globe awards and even a Special Tony Award under their belts. If that doesn’t speak to the power of good genes, what does?
Having the Beatles’ lead singer, Paul McCartney, as your dad has got to have its perks. Though Stella McCartney didn’t go down the path of music, her inherited fame gave her the chance to become one of the most recognized and admired fashion designers in the world. Like her father, she is also a vegetarian, activist, and environmentalist.
Drama runs strong in this family, but so do good genes. The Baldwin brothers have 11 children, combined, each one more beautiful than the next. Hailey and Ireland Baldwin have been in the spotlight more than the others with their crazy good looks and recently signed modeling contracts.
Kaia Gerber and her mom, Cindy Crawford, could be sisters. Their hair, their smiles, and their mega-long legs are practically identical. It’s no wonder Kaia, at just 14 years old, has already signed with IMG models, joining the ranks of Candice Swanepoel and the Hadid sisters. Thanks to Mom’s good genes, Kaia is already making headway in the fashion industry.
Speaking of daughters following in their mothers’ footsteps: Lily-Rose Depp is 16 and is already the face of Chanel eye wear. It shouldn’t come as a surprise since her mother, Vanessa Paradis, was Karl Lagerfeld’s former muse. Their resemblance is undeniable, and we have good genes to thank for that—oh yeah, and her father is Johnny Depp.
Gwyneth Paltrow is the spitting image of her mother, Blythe Danner. The duo share their beauty as well as their phenomenal acting careers and entrepreneurial minds. Rumor has it they are both also amazing chefs.
Suri Cruise definitely has genes working in her favor, thanks to parents Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise. She has been out of the spotlight since her parents’ divorce but made a public appearance this September—looking more like her mother than ever.