For the past year or so, the internet has been plagued with discussions about the role that nepotism plays in the fashion and showbiz industries.
And given that Kaia Gerber has followed in her famous mother’s footsteps, her name is one of those now entwined in the ongoing discourse.
In case you’re not familiar, Kaia is the daughter of model Cindy Crawford and entrepreneur Rande Gerber.
She took the modeling world by storm as a teenager, winning numerous designer campaigns and a coveted Vogue cover alongside his mother at just 14 years old.
Now 21, Kaia is an established name in the fashion industry and has since branched out into acting, already with small roles in FX’s. american horror story and Damien Chazelle’s new film, Babylon.
And while many of his famous peers have been reluctant pay their dues, Kaia is happy to admit that nepotism has given her a boost in more ways than one.
Speaking more explicitly about her mother’s influence, Kaia made it clear that things aren’t as simple as people probably want to think, but acknowledged that her family ties have definitely propelled her to the right places.
“My mom always joked, ‘If I could call and book a Chanel campaign, it would be for me and not for you.’ But I also met some amazing people through my mom who I work with now,” she said.
However, when it comes to her acting gigs, Kaia is less willing to give credit to her parents, hinting that a famous family can only get you so far.
“With acting, it’s so different,” she said in contrast. “No artist will sacrifice their vision for someone’s child. That’s not how art is made, and what interests me is art.
She continued, “Also, no one wants to work with someone who is boring, not easy to work with, and not nice. Yes, nepotism is prevalent, but I think if that was really what people claim to be, we would see even more of it.
Although he received praise for being one of the few famous kids to publicly own the “nepo babylabel, Kaia is facing backlash online for her portrayal of the theater industry.
Among the responses, people pointed out that, in some cases, Hollywood cares more about making money than “art,” and a way for a project to get more attention — and therefore of money – is to cast the relative of someone who is already famous.
“‘Somebody’s kid’ is a good way to clean up ‘the kid of a powerful, rich Hollywood gambler,'” one reviewer pointed out on Twitter.
“No way she actually said that… Hollywood don’t even care about ‘art’, they care about making money,” someone tweeted.
“girl be so serious,” someone else added. “As if the filmmakers wouldn’t rush into casting a baby nepo knowing how much free press they’re going to get.”
Another user suggested that the “recent state of TV and film” serves to show that many executives and filmmakers are more than willing to “sacrifice their vision” in favor of casting someone popular, no matter what. their acting credentials, while someone else wrote that Kaia’s point of view is “naive to a fault.”
That said, the overwhelming majority of critics felt that the whole nepotism discussion is growing tired.
“This conversation has become so redundant I don’t even care anymore,” someone replied.
Could this be the last we hear on the subject? Unlikely, but we’ll have to wait and see.