The following feature appears in the August 2017 issue of NYLON.
Growing up Stallone had its Rocky moments—just ask 19-year-old Sistine. “[My dad] was very adamant that [my sisters and I] always be stronger and faster than the boys in our class, so we’d wake up at 6 a.m. every day before school and throw a shot put and swing a golf club and throw a baseball and do push-ups. We’d do dead lifts with dumbbells, and were, like, the buffest fourth, fifth, and sixth graders ever,” she says of being raised by movie legend Sylvester Stallone. “And then the time finally came when we were like, ‘Dad, we need to do our makeup in the morning, we’re not doing this anymore!’”
Workouts aside, Sistine says that her dad and mom, model Jennifer Flavin, made sure that she and her sisters, Sophia and Scarlet, had normal childhoods. “I think with a lot of kids in Hollywood, it can either go really right or really wrong,” she reflects, posted up in a West Los Angeles photo studio before her NYLON shoot. “I mean, we would stay home and do puzzles rather than [go out]. We watch movies together; we have dinner together every night. People assume that because you have celebrity parents it’s different, but it’s really not in our case. We do everything the same.”