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Bindi Irwin Opens Up About Her “Superhero” Dad, Growing Up Glam: I’m “Stepping Away From Khaki!”

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Bindi Irwin opens up in the new issue of Us Weekly about her late father, Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, and why she's "stepping away from khaki"

Bindi Irwin may have become famous because of her father, the late Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, but she has plenty of star power on her own, too. And while she takes after her dad in a lot of ways, she’s carving out a unique identity as she grows up. Exhibit A: Her glam Instagram photo from earlier this month, which showed the 16-year-old wildlife conservationist in a whole new light.

“I’ll always feel most comfortable in khaki surrounded by animals, but it is really fun to try different styles,” Bindi dishes exclusively in the new issue of Us Weekly. “I’m kind of stepping away from khaki!”

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Her change of clothes doesn’t mean a change of heart, though — she’s still committed to carrying on her dad’s legacy. Along with her mom, Terri, and her 11-year-old brother, Robert, she helps run Queensland’s Australia Zoo, which her late father took over in the 1990s. She also works with her parents’ Wildlife Warriors organization, and has a Netflix show, Bindi’s Bootcamp.

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“I hope he’d be proud,” she tells Us of her dad, who died at age 44 after a 2006 stingray attack. “That’s my end goal. He was like our living, breathing superhero. He was so passionate and clever.”

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