17-year-old aspiring model Ireland Baldwin–daughter of Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger (though she doesn’t really want to be known as that)–took to her personal Tumblr account yesterday to clear up some misconceptions about her career, her family, and society’s ongoing war on young women’s self esteem.
While having famous parents undoubtedly has its perks, as Baldwin’s open letter makes clear, there are some serious pitfalls. And one of them, according to Baldwin, is getting compared to your famously beautiful mother.
“I AM NOT MY PARENTS. My mom is one of the most beautiful woman in the world. She is 5’9, I am 6’2. She is petite and fragile, and I am fit and…. more to love tehe. I have a booty, she has a thigh gap…Of course I look somewhat like my own Mom… but let’s not forget people…. I also have a Dad too, so genetically speaking, I wasn’t built to look like my Mom’s identical twin!”
She’s also pretty tired of being called a “rude thoughtless little pig”:
“Just like almost all of you, my Dad has made some mistakes in the past. He has spoken out of place, he has let his temper get the best of him, and he has reacted towards things in ways he shouldn’t have. I get hateful replies and threats regarding mistakes of my Dad’s past. This isn’t fair. I had nothing to do with anything that happened back then, so I don’t fully understand why I am being targeted. More importantly, my Dad has moved on [...] so why can’t you? [...] I am proud to be my parent’s daughter, but I don’t want to forever be known as “that rude thoughtless little pig” or ” Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger’s kid.” I have passions and interests of my own that I want to soon give life to. I want to be known for helping others and being a healthy role model.”
Unfortunately, references to her parents aren’t the only kind of comments Baldwin is tired of getting. The aspiring model says she’s repeatedly been the victim of body snark and hate–which is pretty disgusting considering she’s just a teenager.
Here, she takes on, the body haters:
“Of course I get those comments about how I am too fat to model, how I am not model material, how I am an unattractive girl, how I am too tall, etc. I understand. I don’t look as glamourous as Rosie Huntington Whitely when leaving the gym. I’m actually really sweaty. Like really sweaty. I understand that I am not a size .008. What I don’t fully understand, is what is the good in commenting on a photo of a 17 year old girl and calling her fat, ugly, etc? Is that helping you in some way? I’m confused.”
It makes us sad that a 17-year-old girl, albeit a famous, aspiring model (she says modeling has actually helped her to feel more beautiful) has to point this out.
She ends the post with: “Before sending hateful replies and emails, consider all of this. Talk to me! I am friendly. I do not think I am better than anyone.”
We hope the internets listen.