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Jerry Hall: Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood put Georgia May Jagger off the wild life

Georgia May Jagger. Photo: Getty Images
Georgia May Jagger. Photo: Getty Images

Belinda White

Jerry Hall on keeping her Harper's Bazaar cover girl daughter Georgia May Jagger on the straight and narrow.

As gene pools go, Georgia May Jagger hails from one of the most prestigious. With dad, Mick Jagger, front man of world-famous band the Rolling Stones, and mum, Jerry Hall, the leggy Texan supermodel and sometime actress batting for her team, this girl was never going to lead a pedestrian life. Nor would she be short on striking looks or star quality.

As the successful young model - who got her start after being photographed by David Bailey at the age of 14 - graces the cover of, and a 10-page fashion story inside Harper's Bazaar, mum Jerry sat down for a chat about bringing up Georgia May and keeping her grounded in the spotlight.

"Growing up a Jagger wasn't always easy for her, "she explains, "She didn't like it if I turned up at school all made-up. She preferred me to be wearing no make-up and tracksuit bottoms, like the other mums. She didn't like Dad picking her up in a fancy car, either."

Though model looks run in the family (sister Lizzie famously starred as the face of M&S), it's the petite, gap-toothed Georgia May who is making the most waves after being introduced to the business by her mother.

"When Georgia was 14, I asked David Bailey to take her picture. It was her first studio shoot. She was still in school, so she didn't think much of it (and I think she found David quite intimidating). But then she got asked to do another shoot, for a magazine, and afterwards she said, 'Oh my God, that was so much fun. I loved it. It was like acting'."

So what is the secret of keeping a child star on the straight and narrow? Simple:

"Georgia saw Keith and Ronnie in action and I think that put her off a bit. I think she thought, 'Oh God, I don't want to be like that'."

Beauty and brains, a killer combination.

See Georgia May Jagger's full photoshoot and interview with Jerry Hall in the March issue of Harper's Bazaar - on sale Thursday 2nd February 2012

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