I’m starting to get the feeling that Ireland Baldwin (daughter of Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger) will become one of our collective favorite celebrities over the next few years. After the adorable Vine videos of her being a seemingly normal, fun teenager, she is now showing a different side: a well-spoken young woman with excellently thought out opinions on body image, modeling and the absurdity of celebdom. All on Tumblr, no less (because, as I said, she’s a teenager).
I get those comments about how I am too fat to model, how I am not model material, how I am an unattractive girl, how I am too tall, etc. I understand. I don’t look as glamourous as Rosie Huntington Whitely 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? I’m confused.
Critiquing another person’s body is bad enough, but commenting on their posts or tweeting at them just to say so? “Is that helping you in some way?” is an excellent question, and one I’ve always wondered about those who choose to behave in such a manner.
Baldwin goes on to discuss the frustrations of being the child of celebrities.
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. My mom is one of the most beautiful woman 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.
Oddly enough, despite my general resistance to feel sorry for rich celebrities, I actually never thought of how unpleasant it must be to have your parents be two of the most successful (and often considered sex symbols of some sort) people in showbusiness, thereby putting anything you do under a microscope and onto a scale.
I’m sure there will be the ol’ “if she doesn’t want people criticizing her body, she shouldn’t post photos of it on the Internet” argument, but I disagree; if you want to criticize somebody’s words, outfit, bad photography, weird makeup or whatever else they post online, then do so. Those are choices, whereas criticizing somebody’s body or face is just plain awful, as it’s something that’s entirely out of their control and is typically done just to be cruel.
Twerking and ranting aside, I think we will see some solid, intelligent things come out of Ireland Baldwin. At the very least, she is already significantly less annoying than most people on Tumblr, so she’s winning in that department.
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