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Top Models Applaud Lily-Rose Depp’s ‘Nepo Baby’ Comments

Lily-Rose Depp is the latest star to grace Elle’s cover (alongside her co-star, Blackpink’s Jennie Kim), promoting HBO Max’s upcoming series “The Idol.” In the accompanying story, now widely circulated, Depp shared some thoughts about being called a “fake baby” — and let’s just say her comments have sparked some reactions among fashion industry majors.

“I’m known. The internet seems to care a lot about that sort of thing,” Depp tells Véronique Hyland in the interview. “People will have preconceived notions about you or how you got there, and I can say for sure that nothing will get you the part except you’re right for the part.”

The 23-year-old then adds: “The internet cares a lot more about who your family is than the people who throw you into things. You might get a foot in the door, but you still have a foot in the door .” There will be a lot of work after that.”

The term “nepo baby” – short for “nepotism baby” – refers to the privilege that comes with being part of a wealthy, powerful family. In the past year, Hollywood stars like Maude Apatow and Zoë Kravitz have also been criticized for easily taking their careers with a silver spoon. So do models like Kendall Jenner, Hailey Bieber, and Gigi and Bella Hadid.

As made clear by her name, Depp is the daughter of actors Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis – the latter also an old muse and model of Chanel. After landing a few movie roles, Depp has been featured on several magazine covers, music videos, and is being hunted by paparazzi. She is now largely appreciated for her modeling career and was even chosen by the late Karl Lagerfeld to be Chanel’s ambassador for the Chanel No. 5 fragrance when she was only 17 years old.

Since Depp’s cover story was released on Nov. 17, some of the industry’s biggest models have responded with their own take on nepotism and privilege.

Italian model Vittoria Ceretti, who has been in the industry since she was 14, took to Instagram to share her thoughts.

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“I just want to share a thought here because I can,” she began in a now-deleted Instagram Story post. “I came across an interview of a so called ‘fake baby’ whatever you call it… Yeah I get the ‘I’m here and I work hard for it’ whole thing but I’d really like to see if you would have made it through the first five years of my career Not just getting rejected because I know you have experience with it and you can tell me your sad little story about it (even though at the end of the day you may still always rightfully crying on your father’s couch in your villa in Malibu).”

Ceretti, now 24, continued: “You have no idea how much you have to fight to get people to respect you. TAKES YEARS. You just get it on the first day.” She ended with, “I know it’s not your fault, but please, appreciate and know where you’re coming from.”

On Friday morning, Anok Yai also commented on the situation. The Egyptian-born Sudanese-American model recalled the rough early days of her career on her Instagram story. “I remember at the beginning of my career I felt I had the upper hand, [but] I can tell you it was the exact opposite.”

Yai revealed that when she moved to New York, she only had student debt and $30 to her name, and it wasn’t until a photo of her at Howard University’s Homecoming 2017 went viral that her career took off. Even then, she said, she had to fight for everything.

“Just weeks into my career, my agent sat me down and told me, ‘Everyone thinks you’re rich now, so you have to play the part…’ spend flights, hotels and cars for work; take out loans so I could eat buying, drowning in debt, seeing myself on billboards with only a few dollars to my name. I didn’t mind — I wanted to earn my stripes.”

She added: “I will see some of you privileged children stressing because they don’t get a job because of the impact of your career, while there are those of us who stress because we don’t know if we will be able to provide for them .” of our parents this month or send our siblings to school.”

She concluded her post by summarizing an unfortunate reality of the modeling industry for many by writing, “What bothers me is when those in power in the industry (brands, directors, editors, etc.) pretend to be ignorant of that fact …I know you work hard and struggle like the rest of us, but goddammit, if only you knew the hell we go through to be in the same room you were born in.”

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