Sweet seventeen

Happy birthday, Kylie Jenner

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We can’t possibly compete with Kanye West and the Kardashian gang when it comes to actual present giving (remember Kim’s flower wall?), so in honour of Kylie Jenner's seventeenth birthday (on August 10), we’ve resorted to offering her the next best thing (sort of): the gift of second-hand wisdom.

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For the spring/summer 2013 issue of ELLE Collections we asked supermodels, ‘What advice would you give your 17-year-old self?’

Here's what they said…

Claudia Schiffer
‘In five years time Hermes will ask if they can name a bag after you, as they have Kelly and Birkin. Ignore your agent and say YES.’
Erin Wasson
‘Don’t smoke.’
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Naomi Campbell
‘Always trust your instincts.’
Amber Valetta
‘Relax and truly enjoy the journey ahead of you.’
Adriana Lima
‘Follow your dreams. Believe in yourself. Don’t ever let anybody put you down and dont be afraid to take risks and make mistakes. That’s how you learn!'
Helena Christensen
‘Feel with your heart and think with your brain. Be curious, adventurous, kind, and don't ever let anyone bring you down. Don't forget that sad moments are as important as the joyous ones.’

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