Ireland Baldwin may only be 17, but she came off as wise beyond her years by calling out some of her critics who have bashed her decision to become a model -- as well as made cutting comments about her parents.
The daughter of one-time couple Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger landed a modeling contract in March and while she has only done one high-profile shoot so far (and what a shoot!), she has apparently been widely criticized for it, specifically by those who say she's not attractive enough for the job or as beautiful as her mother.
While addressing the comments about her appearance in a blog post on Tumblr, which include people telling her she is "too fat," "unattractive," and "too tall," Baldwin wrote, "I understand. I don’t look as glamorous as Rosie [Huntington-Whiteley] 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?"
Baldwin goes on to say she loves modeling, which is helping with "self-esteem and body image issues" and helps her "feel beautiful." But she can do without people likening her to her mother.
"I also get compared to my Mom quite a bit and this is where I bridge into the point of this whole post. I AM NOT MY PARENTS," she said. "My mom is one of the most beautiful [women] 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. As she emerged from her teen years, she developed an angular face and striking cheekbones. I am still a teen making my way out of my awkward phase. I am still trying to figure this whole thing out. How to work my angles…how to smile without looking like I am posing for my 3rd grade yearbook photo…how to iron my clothing before a red carpet event…how to walk without falling. I am still learning."
As much as she's tired of comparisons to her mom, she's equally exhausted with people bashing her famously outspoken father. Although his parenting skills were called into question when he left that infamous voicemail for a then-11-year-old Ireland (which she has addressed), she says he's changed.
"Just like almost all of you, my Dad has made some mistakes in the past," she allowed. "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. He recognized that he needed to change, so he made changes. He is now healthy, happily married with a baby on the way. He moved on, so why can't you?"
She concluded by referencing that 2007 voicemail -- as a way to separate herself from it.
"I have entered the social media world and the entertainment business to make a name for myself," she said. "Like I have also mentioned on my Twitter page, I am not seeking fame by association. I do not want to be simply know as a model. 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. That is what matters most to me overall. 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."
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