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 mentioned 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 gets more than her good appearance. his mom
“I am not going to deny the privilege that I have,” said the 21-year-old. “Even if it’s just the fact that I have a great source of information and someone who gives me good 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 collaborate with such “incredible people.” However, not all nepotism is created equal, she said, especially when it comes to the entertainment industry.
“With acting, it’s very different. No artist is going to sacrifice their vision for someone’s child,” she said. “This is not how art is made, and what interests me is art.”
Gerber also told Elle, “No one wants to work with someone who is annoying, not easy to work with, and not nice.”
Since New York Magazine’s December cover story, several actors whose parents are also celebrities have spoken about the implication that “nepo babies” haven’t worked for their time in the spotlight.
“Straight Outta Compton” actor O’Shea Jackson Jr., son of rapper and actor Ice Cube, tweeted about his “work ethic”, “professionalism” and building a career without his father’s help. Recent Oscar nominee Jamie Lee Curtis declared in an Instagram post that she is an “OG Nepo Baby.”
“Not a day goes by in my professional life that I am not reminded that I am the daughter of movie stars,” she wrote. “The current conversation about nepo babies is only designed to try to belittle, denigrate and hurt.”
Kate Hudson, daughter of actor Goldie Hawn and musician Bill Hudson, told The Independent that the talk of nepotism doesn’t bother her very much.
“I mean… I really don’t care. I look at my children and we are a family that tells stories. It is definitely in our blood,” she said. “People can call it whatever they want, but it’s not going to change it.”
Noting that nepotism is common in the modeling industry and the business world, 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,” he said.
Gerber shared similar sentiments.
“Yes, nepotism is prevalent,” she told Elle, “but I think if it really was what people believe, we’d see even more of it.”