Katherine Heigl and Daughter On the Cover of W Magazine

That's definitely one for the family album.

Katherine Heigl's beautiful adopted daughter, Naleigh makes her modelling debut on the cover of the December issue of W magazine's family issue.

In the stunning front cover picture, Heigl channels old Hollywood glamour with her long blonde hair in soft waves and a strapless black gown.

Heigl lovingly cradles the gorgeous little girl in her arms, wrapped in some white frilly netting.

Heigl adopted Naleigh, who was born in South korea with congenital heart problems that were later corrected through surgery, just 'three or four days' before she started work on Life As we Know It.

'I was about to play a woman who inherits a baby, and I was experiencing the exact same thing,' she said in an interview with the magazine.

Inside the issue Heigl also poses with more of her family, including mum Nancy and sister Meg.

'My sister is Korean,' Katherine said. 'I hope one day she and Naleigh will be able to talk about what it's like to be adopted.'

Heigl has talked extensively about her decision to adopt, claiming that she feels it was her destiny to do so.

She says it's a subject that she broached with her then boyfriend, who later became her husband, musician Josh Kelley, early on in their relation, even before they got engaged.

Explaining that making her plans really clear was key to deciding if they had a future together. 'Not everybody is down with that,' she notes. 'Not everybody thinks that.

'I just wanted to make sure that I was marrying a guy who understands that this was going to have to happen.'

The couple finalised the adoption of Naleigh in September 2009

The 31-year-old actress says motherhood has been a life changing experience, even effecting how she reacts to movies and Tv shows, especially those involving a mother-daughter relationship: 'It is so gut wrenching in a way that I could have never predicted,' she says.

'You have this empathy suddenly -– this compassion for a mother going through anything complicated or difficult with a child. It’s something that I understand now –- that unbelievable drive and instinct to protect.'

Not that she’s doing it alone: 'I really could not have imagined a better father for [Naleigh],' she says of her musician husband of three years.

'She’s the luckiest little kid. We call him “Disneyland Dad” because as soon as he comes in it’s just fun and happiness — and she rides around the room on his shoulders.

'He’s [also] fantastic with diapers, food, naptime, playtime – he’s got it all.'

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