Kaia Gerber, daughter of beauty icon Cindy Crawford, has shared her thoughts on the ‘Nepo Baby’ conversation.
More than a month after New York Magazine named the model-actress and her roots in its controversial article How a Nepo Baby Is Born, Gerber told Elle in an interview published Tuesday that she knows she’s more than just her good looks gets her mama.
“I will not deny the privilege I have,” said the 21-year-old. “Even if it’s just the fact that I have a really great source of information and someone who gives me great advice, I feel very lucky for that alone.”
Kaia Gerber, whose father is businessman Rande Gerber, said she benefits from her mother’s connections and is able to work with these “amazing people”. However, nepotism is not the same as nepotism, especially in the entertainment industry.
“It’s so different in acting. No artist will sacrifice their vision for someone’s child,” she said. “Art just isn’t made that way, and what interests me is art.”
Gerber also told Elle, “Nobody wants to work with someone who’s annoying, not easy to deal with, and not nice.”
Since New York Magazine’s December cover story, several actors whose parents are also celebrities have spoken out about the implication that “Nepo babies” didn’t work for their time in the spotlight.
“Straight Outta Compton” actor O’Shea Jackson Jr., son of rapper-actor Ice Cube, tweeted about his “work ethic,” “professionalism,” and building a career without his father’s help. Recently Oscar nominee Jamie Lee Curtis declared in an Instagram post that she was an “OG Nepo Baby.”
“Not a day goes by in my professional life that I’m not reminded that I’m the daughter of movie stars,” she wrote. “The current conversation about Nepo babies is only meant to try to belittle, denigrate and hurt.”
Kate Hudson, daughter of actor Goldie Hawn and musician Bill Hudson, told the Independent that talking about nepotism doesn’t bother her too much.
“I mean… I don’t really care. I look at my kids and we are a storytelling family. It’s definitely in our blood,” she said. “People can call it whatever they want, but it’s not going to change that.”
After noting that nepotism is rampant in the modeling industry and in business, Hudson said that a person’s pedigree (celebrity or not) shouldn’t carry any weight.
“If you work hard and kill it, it doesn’t matter,” she said.
Gerber shared similar sentiments.
“Yes, nepotism is rampant,” she told Elle, “but I think if it was actually the way people are portraying it, we’d be seeing more of it.”
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2023-01-25/kaia-gerber-cindy-crawford-nepotism-nepo-baby Kaia Gerber, Cindy Crawford’s child, shares the ‘Nepo baby’ attitude.