It’s hard out there for a 6’2” blonde celebrity. In an open letter posted on her Tumblr on April 30, Ireland Baldwin, aspiring model and 17-year-old daughter of celebrity supercouple of yore Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger, takes on her online haters, all-capping the message “I AM NOT MY PARENTS.”
Modelling for Two Management and IMG Models, she admits she is often compared to her mother, 59-year-old Oscar-winning actress Kim Basinger (seen above right in 1990). And yes, that’s an intimidating comparison, even when you are half made from Basinger DNA.
“My mom is one of the most beautiful women in the world,” Baldwin writes. “She is 5’9, I am 6’2. She is petite and fragile, and I am fit and…. more to love tehe [tee hee]. I have a booty, she has a thigh gap.” For the uninitiated, the “thigh gap” is when your thighs are so skinny they do not touch.
Baldwin describes modelling as a confidence-building career path. “I have battled many different struggles with self-esteem and body image issues,” she writes. “Modeling can really help you feel beautiful!” However, she seems to contradict herself in the post, describing her work so far as that of “a teen making my way out of my awkward phase.”
She also addresses her dubious claim to fame — as the “rude little pig” blasted by her father Alec in a leaked voicemail message from 2007. “My Dad has moved on,” she writes. “He recognized that he needed to change, so he made changes.”
It’s always shocking when someone as beautiful as Ireland Baldwin talks about her perceived flaws. I’m sure her online haters would kill to look like her (let’s be grateful that is not an option). It just goes to show how every teenager feels like she should be more beautiful ─ even the ones who are statuesque goddesses with famously gorgeous Hollywood parents.