the heiress of Gianni and daughter of Donatella. Remeber we must refrain about weight issues and follow the guidelines of the forum article from the telegraph She's 18, wears trainers, studies drama - and controls Versace By Clare Coulson (Filed: 01/07/2004) Allegra Versace, niece of the murdered designer Gianni Versace and daughter of Donatella, last night celebrated her coming of age and her inheritance of a controlling stake in the £225 million fashion empire with a private dinner in Milan for "close family friends". Of course for this 18-year-old, those friends could have included anyone from Madonna, Elton John and Rupert Everett to Eleanora Berlusconi, the daughter of the Italian prime minister. She already owns a mansion on the shores of Lake Como, a palazzo in Milan and a large house in Manhattan. Allegra was her Uncle Gianni's clear favourite. When the colourful designer was shot dead outside his Miami home in 1997, she was the sole heir of his 50 per cent share of the family business. But those close to the family have suggested that Allegra - skinny, publicity shy and more given to wearing tracksuits and trainers than the high-voltage glamour favoured by Donatella - is not interested in following in her mother's design footsteps. The teenager has already enrolled at New York University to study English literature and drama from this September and hopes after that to study acting in Los Angeles. Allegra has been attending fashion events all her life - she was taken to her first Versace show when she was just two days old - and in recent years has sat front row with the A-list celebrities. But she shows no obvious signs of wanting to go into fashion, unlike her cousin Francesca who is studying fashion at Central St Martins in London. Allegra admitted in an interview with the American magazine Teen Vogue last year that her own style was a world away from her mother's "fearless" approach to dressing. Away from the limelight the heiress puts on jeans and simple pullovers. The teenager often looks painfully thin. Those close to the family have suggested that despite being clued-up and down to earth, her traumatic past has taken its toll. Earlier this week, at the menswear shows in Milan, both Santo Versace, Gianni's older brother, and Donatella asserted that "nothing will change" within the company and that Allegra would study in America as planned. But some commentators believe that Allegra's birthday will now allow the family to bring in an outside investor to prop up its finances. And ominously, Donatella has said that her daughter only has until her 25th birthday to realise her dreams of becoming an actress - or she will have to come back to the family firm.