Suri Cruise just turned 13, and has already created a place for herself among Hollywood's most iconic teens
Happy birthday Suri Cruise! Hollywood stars Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes' daughter Suri Cruise finally turned a teenager on April 18, and even though she has spent almost all of her life getting attention from the media, the young girl has only recently started to take her own steps into the public eye, appearing at events and taking on charitable causes alongside her mom.
After Katie and Tom called it quits in 2012, a time when little Suri was only six-years-old, Katie has done her best to raise her daughter as normally as possible, creating a healthy balance between the media spotlight that her child receives in public, and the time spent away from the media eye.
“I think the basics are very important," Katie told Elle UK in 2014 on raising her daughter. "The number one thing is making sure my child feels loved. And good about herself. And that what she does and who she is, is special and important, and should be celebrated."
Time and again, Suri has proved to the world that she is completely capable to be considered one of the iconic young adults in Hollywood, and the reasons are far more than just being the daughter of celebrities.
The teen, who landed on the cover of Vanity Fair when she was just two months old, has always been in the public eye, but only now she has started to make her presence known alongside her star mom.
Suri has had quite the appetite for doing good in the society, courtesy her mother's numerous ventures of helping people all over the world. The young girl recently made a trip to Greece with her mother, where the duo spent time with women and children at the Moria refugee settlement, the nation's largest camp, which houses migrants from Afghanistan and other countries.
According to Katie, Suri has an ingrained desire to give back to the people who are not as fortunate as her and her family. “I do a lot to put perspective on life," the actress told TODAY.com in an interview last year. "We help out the homeless. We do small acts of kindness. Again, it’s a daily thing. I don’t over-gift. I don’t inundate my child with a lot of things. We’re trying to raise good humans and some days we’re better at it than others. You don’t always get treats."
Moreover, Suri's star power is not confined to NGOs and refugee camps alone. The young girl has been brushing shoulders with celebrities like 'Evan Hansen's Tony-winning star Ben Platt, and her early exposure to Broadway, living in NYC, helped her meet the casts of 'Cats', 'Finding Neverland', 'School of Rock' and more, with her mom Katie by her side.
Given that Suri spends her life in the shadows of her fashionable mother, the star daughter of Tom Cruise has also managed to pick up on her parents' flair for style and class. The young girl has gotten to travel around the globe to some of the fashion world's biggest events, all thanks to her mother Katie's friendship with designer Zac Posen.
The young one has gotten so inspired by her mother's impeccable fashion sense that she has transformed her never-ending love for bows into her personal style statement. She is rarely seen in public without a beautiful bow adorning her hair, and her mom has even gotten into a habit of posting mother-daughter pictures with a bow emoji in the caption!
“We just focus on what she’s passionate about and how you feel when you achieve your goals," Katie told TODAY.com. "Be true to your sense of opinions. I listen to her. It’s a daily thing. I try to reward her for her hard work, and not necessarily the results of the hard work.”
And even though gossip publications have been writing about the young girl since even before she was born, Katie has always focused on keeping her daughter's head on straight at all times. “In today’s world a lot of celebrities probably shield their children from the tabloids; in my household, we know what they print isn’t true, so we don’t pay attention," she said. "There are more important things.”
Iconic is what iconic gets and Suri has always been the kid to look up when it comes to exotic vacations around the world. Even at 13, Suri and her mom have always managed to make the most of their vacation time, always posing with big smiles at their fun-filled destinations, irrespective of whether it's a ski getaway with friends or a family trip to the beach.
Although both Tom and Katie kept their daughter pretty much away from the public eye as and when necessary, now that Katie has Instagram, it has become more and more easy to take a good look at the strong and sensible Suri, who has emerged from her celebrity parents' cocoon to develop into her own person with time.