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Modeling and Nepotism



Kendall Jenner. Ali Lohan. Ava Sambora. Ireland Baldwin. Hailey Baldwin. Kaia Gerber. All “models” that have famous family members. Kendall and Ali have been talked about especially since Kendall walked the runway at NYFW and Ali was featured on OWN’s “Lindsay” mini-series. People wonder whether or not they would be working if they didn’t have those family connections. Well, former-model Gita Hall doesn’t think so!

“…the girls who are trained to do this don’t get the job because these celebrities want the publicity that goes with it. It used to be that the actresses were only in the fan magazines, and that’s where they belong. They don’t belong on the cover of Vogue.”

In part, I agree. Some of the celebrities-turned-models are really not cut out for it. Ali Lohan is facially beautiful but that’s about it. She has no idea of how to work her face or her body. Similar things could be said about Ava, Ireland, and Kaia. Hailey and Kendall, on the other hand, are pretty decent models. Kendall still needs to work on her posture a little and I’d like to see a some more diversity in the kinds of shoots that Hailey does but they both have natural good looks and talent for modeling. However, that’s not to say that I don’t understand the frustration that many feel about them being signed to top modeling agencies like NEXT, Wilhelmina, and Elite simply because of who they are and who they know rather than working their way up. BUT let’s be real. If you wanted to become a model and you could without having to do too much, wouldn’t you take that opportunity? I know I probably would! So don’t blame the celebrity/models, it’s not their fault they lucked out.

So what do YOU think of these celebrity/models? Should agencies be offering them representation because of their social status?



PC: Ali, IrelandKendall.

48 Comments leave one →
  1. Ale permalink
    17/09/2014 3:44 PM

    interesting piece and well written!


  2. 17/09/2014 5:18 PM

    i’m not sure how i feel about it. if anyone has the opportunity to model they would be stupid not to take it so i certainly do not hate on them. so i’m all for as long as they have that talent and i hope these agencies take that into consideration


  3. 17/09/2014 7:52 PM

    There are lots of very beautiful/unique/edgy/whatever girls who are models and for some reason don’t have the same luck as others. I think that all the time. What’s the difference between this girl and that girl really. So I do understand why some would be annoyed they miss out just because the other girls have a “name.”
    In saying that, nepotism has always been around so you just have to deal with it.


  4. 18/09/2014 4:47 AM

    Nice post!


  5. 18/09/2014 6:07 AM

    I believe yes!!! Today you don’t have to be a “model” to be one!


  6. 18/09/2014 8:45 AM

    I think they should work if they deserve it!

    Chiara ~


  7. 18/09/2014 10:43 AM

    It’s very interesting reading your post here. And somehow I feel the same way x


  8. 18/09/2014 11:09 AM

    Influence and contacts… People who have them, use them, I guess….



  9. 18/09/2014 2:15 PM

    Great article! Celebrity kids definitely have better opportunities from the start – they can do a great job, but that is clear nepotism. But if they are good they will endure, and if they are not they will quickly be forgotten, like with any other job!


  10. 18/09/2014 2:26 PM

    I think it must be frustrating for those out there working their asses off doing stupid shots and ads to try and get somewhere. It’s the world we live in though, not what you know but who you know


  11. 18/09/2014 3:22 PM

    You are right! Enjoyed reading this post!


  12. 18/09/2014 4:17 PM

    Amazing post! And I love your blog:)

    I am now following you on Bloglovin, follow me back?:)


  13. 18/09/2014 5:31 PM

    You know I think I would use my family connections as well! Why not when you have the chance to become successful and if its only because of your name!!


  14. 18/09/2014 7:11 PM

    I think it all boils down to whether or not they have talent. If so, great, don’t care who your connections are… but if someone else could have done the job better, its not fair. Unfortunately connections drive most industries whether you’re looking for a desk job, working at a hospital, designing clothes or whatever it may be. This extends far beyond modeling.


  15. 19/09/2014 4:13 PM

    Very interesting. Personally, I haven’t been very impressed with many celebrity models


  16. 19/09/2014 4:16 PM

    I think Kendall definitely has the look but like anyone there is always room for improvement. Posture etc will probably come with time. There are some others I do think get the contracts fully because of their name.

    xx Cara


  17. 19/09/2014 9:02 PM

    Ali Lohan? lol.


  18. 20/09/2014 9:44 AM

    Kendall has been one of the topic these days, about her modelling that came from well-known family, Kardashians-Jenner! And its been reported that she drooped here last name and just go with Kendall. I love Kendall doe, she have the looks and the body. And her walk is getting better ❤

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    • 21/09/2014 12:39 AM

      Yes, I heard that. I sort of hope it’s not true! Kendall Jenner sounds so nice. I personally don’t think just Kendall is a unique enough name to stand alone- not like Iman or Twiggy. Especially when little Kendall Vertes’ fame is rising as well!


  19. 20/09/2014 8:20 PM

    Love it 🙂
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  20. 21/09/2014 12:30 AM

    I totally agree with you. Some celebrities are just not fit for this industry, but I do like Kendall. She needs to practice a little more, but she is a pretty decent model. This industry is worried about selling ideas, products and such. Is an industry about image, so it’s obvious that if they already have a name, it can help a lot depending on the brand and what the brand has in mind. But there’s also a lot of brands that don’t wish to use celebrities like this.

    I don’t mind competing with famous girls, we already have to compete with so many girls that one or 2 famous ones will not make a big difference. If a campaign is to be yours, it will. Regardless of competition. And actually, your agency and how far they are willing to push you is way more determinant in this matter than the competition.


  21. 21/09/2014 4:59 PM

    If you have the connections, why not use them. Not a problem in my world.


  22. 21/09/2014 11:20 PM

    I had no idea Ali Lohan was a model! I’m pretty on the fence about this. I understand how celebrities can increase brand awareness for a company, but it does create a controversial matter for those who have worked hard to model. I do think that Kendall has great potential though! Interesting post, great read 🙂


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  23. 22/09/2014 2:51 AM

    If I could do it I would! So if you have the connections why not ?


  24. 22/09/2014 4:44 AM

    Nice post. 🙂 I think there’s nothing wrong if these celebrities decided to be models. I’ve read an article that Kendall was bullied during NYFW.



  25. 22/09/2014 7:51 AM

    I think it does depend on knowledge, talent and looks oh and who you know. Nothing wrong with everyone giving it a go though and advertising more real models or celebs. Sometimes it’s the more real ones that appeal to the market. Great article. xo


  26. 22/09/2014 8:31 AM

    It’s all advertising and it’s all about popularity for a brand, whoever that may be, so good for them! 😉



  27. 22/09/2014 2:10 PM

    To be honest I never understood why people get so crazy with celebrities and make them so special….

    Stella from a A Shiny Place


  28. 23/09/2014 6:47 AM

    thanks for the comment on my blog. i’m now following you on bloglovin 🙂


  29. Albertine permalink
    23/09/2014 10:13 AM

    Grreat post!


  30. 23/09/2014 1:03 PM

    I think Kendal is a pretty great model and you can see that with the projects she has done so far.


  31. 24/09/2014 5:21 AM

    Anyone in their shoes would do what the’re doing, i mean if you wanted to be a model and your family name could get you to the top fast wouldn’t you use that opportunity to the fullest?I can’t blame them for that; however they need to realize that they have to work really hard to show that it was more than the name that got them there…


  32. 24/09/2014 12:16 PM

    You definitely can’t blame the models for what they’re doing. Anyone would take advantage of the opportunity! I also believe all these girls are decent/good models! And if I were working for an agency I would be more than happy to sign someone on who has a famous family because many companies are going to be happy to have someone well known representing them. It may not be fair, but fashion is such a huge business that this only makes sense.


  33. 25/09/2014 6:49 PM

    Star kids get an not so hard break into the industry. But in the long run, its their hard work and talent that propels them ahead. Or that is what i would like to believe. True/false ?


  34. 05/10/2014 5:41 AM

    Well written .


  35. 05/10/2014 5:42 AM

    I am glad You wrote about this , I truly agree with you .



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