Kaia Gerber had a lot to say regarding the so-called nepotism baby debate that’s taken the headlines and Hollywood by storm in recent months.
“I won’t deny the privilege that I have,” explained the 21-year-old, who bears a striking resemblance to her famous mother. “Even if it’s just the fact that I have a really great source of information and someone to give me great advice, that alone I feel very fortunate for. My mom always joked, ‘If I could call and book a Chanel campaign, it would be for me and not you.’ But I also have met amazing people through my mom whom I now get to work with.”
Kaia Gerber said nepotism is more of a factor in modeling than in acting.
Interestingly, Gerber ― whose acting credits include “American Horror Story: Double Feature” and the forthcoming Apple TV+ series “Mrs. American Pie” ― suggested there was a marked difference in how large a role nepotism plays in acting versus modeling.
“With acting, it’s so different,” she told Elle. “No artist is going to sacrifice their vision for someone’s kid. That just isn’t how art is made, and what I’m interested in is art. Also, no one wants to work with someone who’s annoying, and not easy to work with, and not kind.”
Kaia Gerber (left) poses with her mother, Cindy Crawford.
“Yes, nepotism is prevalent,” she continued, “but I think if it actually was what people make it out to be, we’d see even more of it.”
The term “nepotism babies,” often abbreviated as “nepo babies,” refers to children of celebrities whose professional success, usually in the realm of show business, can be broadly attributed to having famous parents.
A New York Magazine cover story published last month included “An All But Definitive Guide to the Hollywood Nepo-Verse,” and has drawn mixed responses from a host of celebrity progeny, including Kate Hudson and Allison Williams.