Kaia Gerber Talks Privilege And Hollywood Nepotism Amid ‘Nepo Baby’ Debate
Ever since New York Magazine declared 2022 the year of the 'Nepo Baby' and released *that* iconic December cover, the internet (and our Whatsapp group chats) have been dominated by talk of the privilege enjoyed by a particular generation of Hollywood offspring.
Naturally, said 'nepo babies' couldn't help but chime in to the debate themselves, with the likes of Kate Hudson, Lily Allen and O’Shea Jackson Jr. (son of Ice Cube) making their thoughts known via social media – largely acknowledging their immense privilege.
Zoe Kravitz (who was featured on the New York Magazine cover) defended the title, saying in an interview that 'It's completely normal for people to be in the family business. It's literally where last names came from.' Hailey Bieber, meanwhile, took a more subtle approach by ironically (we think?) wearing a 'nepo baby' tee while out in Los Angeles.
The latest of the 'nepo babies' to come out with a statement, however, is Kaia Gerber – as the daughter of supermodel Cindy Crawford and businessman Rande Gerber.
In a recent interview with ELLE, the 21-year-old model spoke of the privilege she has experienced being born in her position. 'I won’t deny the privilege that I have. Even if it’s just the fact that I have a really great source of information and someone to give me great advice, that alone I feel very fortunate for,' she said.
Gerber continued, 'My mom always joked, “If I could call and book a Chanel campaign, it would be for me and not you.” But I also have met amazing people through my mom whom I now get to work with.'
'With acting, it’s so different,' said Gerber. 'No artist is going to sacrifice their vision for someone’s kid. That just isn’t how art is made, and what I’m interested in is art. Also, no one wants to work with someone who’s annoying, and not easy to work with, and not kind. Yes, nepotism is prevalent, but I think if it actually was what people make it out to be, we’d see even more of it.'
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