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Riley Keough is not your average 16-year-old.

Other teens might earn summer cash by folding T-shirts at the Gap. Elvis Presley's granddaughter, meanwhile, is the face of Christian Dior's Miss Dior Cherie perfume. The scent, which was launched this summer and retails for $65 and $85 at Saks Fifth Avenue, counts Julia Stiles, Emmy Rossum and Marcia Cross among its fans.

And it has Riley's face on the poster. Seeing her face staring back at her in magazines is "a little weird, but it's cool, too," Riley says..

The teenager is a veteran in front of the camera. She appeared in a Vogue cover with her mom, Lisa Marie, and grandmother, Priscilla Presley, last August and has ad campaigns for David Yurman and Dior fashion under her belt.

For now, Riley says, she's just enjoying the ride and not making future plans -- including following her family's musical legacy (dad Danny Keough -- pronounced KEE-o -- is also a musician) by releasing her own album.

She says, "I was lucky. I got this amazing opportunity so young, but I have lots of things I want to try and want to pursue, and I guess, lots of things yet to learn."

She already has mastered the catwalk, making her runway debut for designers Dolce & Gabbana in Milan in February 2004.

A month earlier, she had hooked up with Dior.

"I remember my mom said they wanted me to do the campaign," Riley says. "They invited me to come and see the couture show, in January 2004, and then we shot the first campaign right after."

That's the only reference allowed to Lisa Marie, who is eschewing attention because she wants the spotlight squarely on her daughter.

When she's not modeling, Riley says, she keeps it simple: "During the week, I don't really wear makeup. On the weekends or going out, I wear some mascara and lip gloss, but I keep it fairly natural."

Her earliest makeup memory?

"Probably when I was 11. My friends and I were into lip glosses, the kind you buy in the drugstore. I went through a phase when I would go a little crazy with the pressed powder."

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