Hailey Baldwin, 20, is the daughter of Stephen Baldwin. She’s also friends with the Jenners, the Hadids and she’s a model.
Hailey has connections and a large social media following. Some feel she earned her career. Some feel it’s nepotism.
Hailey is the daughter of someone famous. She has famous friends herself. She has 10 million followers on Instagram.
Fashion has come a long way and sometimes that’s all it takes to land a modelling contract (similarly, actors have complained that parts go to whomever has the largest social media following… not who has the most talent).
But Hailey insists she’s authentic: “I’m no ‘Instagram model”!
Hailey covers the July issue of ELLE Magazine.
She tells the publication that it’s not fair to assume she was handed her career or doesn’t work hard. She says she is not just someone who poses on Instagram. She’s the real deal.
“It’s not fair, because I work my a** off to make what I have and to prove that this is what I want to do”, she exclaims.
“I want to be a model,” she continues. “I don’t want to be an Insta model, nor am I an Insta model. I don’t think I would be where I am if people didn’t see something in me.”
So why does she promote herself on Instagram?
“I put all my modelling [photos] on my Instagram because I’m showing it to people,” she explains. “It’s not about me getting paid to model for things on Instagram.”
She clarifies that she DOES get paid to promote things on Instagram… and, effectively, paid to model on Instagram.
“Of course, sometimes, we do get paid for things we do for Instagram and Twitter,” she admits. “But there is a line of calling someone an Insta model or an Insta star.”
“Don’t ever call me that,” Hailey continues. “Because it really hurts my feelings and it’s disrespectful.”