Ireland Baldwin: “I want people to look at me and say, ‘Wow, she looks healthy'”

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At request, here’s a story about a young new model: Ireland Basinger Baldwin, daughter of Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger, who wants to be a healthy-sized, inspirational model – from People:

When Ireland Basinger Baldwin signed her first professional modeling contract in March, the 17-year-old daughter of Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger had high hopes.

Not only does she aspire to some day grace the cover of Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue or pose for Victoria’s Secret, but “I want to be an inspirational model,” says the 6’2″ teen. “I want people to look at me and say, ‘Wow, she looks healthy.’ ”

But since announcing her new career with IMG – the same agency behind Gisele Bündchen and Kate Moss – she not only has experienced the encouragement of fans, she’s also heard her fair share of snark on the Internet.

“I have received nasty e-mails, messages on Twitter and ridiculous comments not only about my size but my family,” Ireland tells PEOPLE. She reached a breaking point in April and posted an open letter on Tumblr saying, “I understand that I am not a size .008. What I don’t fully understand is, what is the good in commenting on a photo of a 17-year-old girl calling her fat, ugly, etc?”

Of the backlash, Ireland admits, “I didn’t expect it. It was really surprising to see how negative people can be towards someone they don’t even know.”

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What do you think? Would Ireland be a good fit for VS and Sports Illustrated?

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65 thoughts on “Ireland Baldwin: “I want people to look at me and say, ‘Wow, she looks healthy'””

  1. She is beautiful, and she looks somewhat healthy, but that is because she’s a regular teen. The problem is that there may not be room for 2 Kate Uptons and she def. needs to workout more. If she wants to be on VS she should just simply compare herself to the models there, VS will not change their image whatsoever. For now she could do catalogs…

    • There’s not room for 2 Kate Uptons? Really? Kate Upton has a belly and is built like a fridge with really really skinny legs. Ireland is really long and lean and looks healthy and slim, not pudgy like Kate Upton. They are not the same AT ALL. Ireland will be fine in the modeling industry as soon as she gets some thicker skin.

  2. I see her for the first time,seems to be super beautiful!!! I Like her style too!
    how lucky she is by being born so beautiful AND rich too. most models don’t.

  3. She looks best in workout clothes, two last pics. Im not a fan of her nose, looks almost like mine except I have some freckles. Can’t believe she’s 6’2, as tall as Karlie Kloss. I think this girl might be prettier when she’s getting a bit older. She feels too much like Rumer Willis in the styles apartment.

  4. i think she’s sweet, better body but not face than kate upton. her height alone can get her there, wow, 6’2? that’s a foot taller than me!

  5. her waist looks very very wide in the first pic but her face is pretty in most pics and considering that kate upton could make it with a worser body, then I say yes, she has a change. she isn’t fat, she’s just big boned-wide shoulders, waist but it’s ok as long as her legs stay like this or else it’ll look weird.

  6. To me, she’s a pretty enough teenager, but model material??? Hell no. This is another one of those cases where a kid from a celebrity couple gets perks and advantages that normal non-celeb kids would never get. I’m feeling pretty confident that if she wasn’t the daughter of Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin, she would never have been signed.

  7. Definitely Sport Illustrated. She looks ok. May be not drop dead gorgeous but still very pretty.
    As for her quote, I feel sorry for her because of all the hate she gets or will get in the future. People become crazy in the Internet bashing people (generally, women) for their looks and seeking constantly for flaws. It is as if it makes them feel better about themselves. No one is good enough for those critics.
    Besides, I find it distressing how much significance we give to beauty. In this constant search for outer perfection people seem to forget that there are other things going on about people than their appearance, which is even beyond their control most of the time. Life is hard enough to live. This makes people only more unhappy and unconfident.
    I understand the reasons behind the hateful comments towards her. People find her lacking in terms of looks and get annoyed because they attribute her starting a modeling career to her having famous parents. But so what? She has this opportunity to try something she likes. She hurts no one.

    • *applauds*

      This is why so many women starve themselves and inject their faces as they age and so on. When the main thing we’re praised for is something beyond our control (i.e., pretty genetics) then we feel it’s our only “thing,” not our brains or skills or talents or ambitions. Just our appearances.

      Enjoyed your comment.

  8. In what messed up world do we live on where this gilr is called “fat”? She’s super beautiful and slim and yes, she looks super healthy! In my opinion it would be ideal if more models had a similar body to hers, and besides she’s 17, is so sad that people feel the need to attack a girl so young

  9. she’s very large framed, as opposed to Karlie, who is the same height but has a smaller frame. i haven’t seem much of her modelling work, so i can’t really comment on whether she’d make a good one or not. i do wish people would stop calling her fat though, she’s clearly not. hopefully she grows up to be as beautiful as her mom

  10. Idk, she’s just not a stunning girl. She’s tall but doesn’t have great proportions, her face is pretty but come on. We all know she wouldn’t even be signed if it weren’t for her parents, other than her height there’s nothing special about her. And does anyone remember her from the Friday links, the one who works
    Out twice a day.

  11. She will have great success at modeling. She’s beautiful and looks best fresh faced. Her body is banging too.

  12. With a bit of tone she could be on the cover of SI magazines.

    SI magazines don’t really feature ultra thin models. Most are a size 4.

      • I would say most VS models are a size 2…save Adriana and Doutzen who would be a 4.

        Most SI models are a 4. Some go up to a 6, occasionally you have some that are a 2 (like Cinthia Dicker), but I was speaking generally.

        Weight-wise she would not be excluded from being an SI model. She has the family background for it too. The rest is up to her.

  13. I don’t find her stunning – she’s certainly pretty, I’m just not bowled over. She looks like a true mix between her parents – that look in the 4th photo is pure Alex Baldwin to me! She would really stand out in person at 6’2″ – that’s incredibly tall! She’s not big in the least for her height – she’d look emaciated if she were a size 0!

    It is amazing how nasty some people can be to others on the web – the sort of things some creeps will say to bring you down is sad. She’s 17 and clearly not fat or ugly in any way – I hope she can just laugh off those bullies like the sad, deluded people they are.

  14. I agree on her quote, BUT:
    a) She’s cute, definitely pretty. But nothing earthshattering. She wouldn’t be even slightly known if it weren’t for her parents.
    b) She’s “just” a teen. At 17, I had a similar body to hers. Maybe at only 5’6, but generally similar proportions. Lean, but with healthy body fat. It sounds harsh, but Her body will change and most likely she’ll gain more fat around her middle, so she’ll have to work for maintaining a slimmer body.
    c) Girl, I see your point, but signing with one of the best modeling agencies, you SHOULD know that modeling IS about looks, that you will be judged based on your appearance and especially in comparison to others. And seeing that in her height range, perfect for runways, almost only models with Karlie Kloss’ figure or plus-size models work, she should try to find her mold now or her 15 minutes will be over rather soon. If you want to be an actress, you can say something like that (ie. Jen Lawrence), but as a model, you should know better and realize that your body is your capital, your measurements your only true “value”.

  15. I think she looks good. I’m going to wait to judge her modeling ability until I see more than one professional shot, but I don’t see why people are against a girl with her figure modeling…

  16. cute, nothing special over all…terrible style. I saw some of her twitter pics and she looks a lot older than 18

  17. While I think she doesn’t look fat at all and has a nice body, I think she probably wouldn’t have landed a modelling contract (by IMG of all agencies) if her parents weren’t who they are. I don’t agree with bullying anyone, let alone a young girl, but it’s no secret that rich kids with influential parents have it a lot easier, and that is probably what irks people. She looks a lot like both of her parents. Pretty, nothing special, but she does look healthy.

  18. Ireland is pretty and yes, looks quite healthy. However, I think she got a modeling contract because of her famous parents, not her beauty. People don’t think she has “model proportions” and because of this, she is going to get a negative reaction. I am surprised that she didn’t see this coming. People are brutal, especially on children from very famous families.

  19. I feel bad for her that people are calling her fat and ugly, when she’s clearly not. But she must also realize the fashion industry can be incredibly harsh and blunt in pointing out what they don’t like about you. I think she is pretty the way many 17 yr old girls are, but doesn’t really look like a model. Maybe for a clothing catalog? The only thing that stands out is her height, she is so tall, that is good for runway.

  20. She’s just 17, her body will transform a lot in coming years, i know mine did. As soon as i hit 18, I lost all the puppy fat, my face became more toned too.
    But as a model, she definitely needs to work out- just get a little more tone going on. She’s already slim so a little bit more work out will go a long way.
    I think she’s extremely beautiful though. And people really need to dial down on the “Fat and ugly” comments. That’s unnecessarily harsh and hateful.

    • Me too, at around eighteen I started to lose my fat in my face and i looked 10000 times better. Before that I always had a skinny body and fat face.

        • Maybe you’re being over critical? Even I have a round face and its only at this age of 25 that its started looking slightly more mature and slightly angular. If you’re really uncomfortable about it- do yoga- it balances your fat distribution out. 🙂 Even if your face doesn’t become long/ thin/ however you want it- you’ll slowly learn to appreciate its beauty.

  21. It’s not right to attack people but it’s really wrong to pick at people when their so young. She’s only seventeen and even suggesting that her face isn’t that pretty or her waist is too wide is wrong. She’s just a kid.

  22. She’s drop dead gorgeous. I love that she’s striving for a healthy image. That’s what I care about most, being healthy. Not skinny, or trendy, or sexy, or whatever, I just want to be as healthy as possible. I’m not interested in catering to other’s expectations. And if she’s as healthy as possible and she looks like this- wow. She has a lot going for her. I personally think she’s better than just Sports Illustrated or Victoria’s Secret. I think she could be a really successful actress. She’s sending a great message to young girls and women alike.

    Whoever is comparing her to Kate Upton is not seeing correctly. Kate has a bizarre shape- stick thin legs and arms, wide midsection, huge heavy boobs, gummy smile, sometimes a double chin and wide neck, her hair doesn’t look nice a lot of the time, and her face is only pretty sometimes. Ireland does not have any of those things. She’s proportionate, looks to have muscle tone, her hair is pretty, and she doesn’t even seem to have to try for her face to look good. Also she doesn’t have a mammoth chest, which is pretty much all Kate has going for her. Plus their attitudes are night and day. And Ireland has the potential to be an interesting model whereas I think Kate has shown she doesn’t have a lot going on in terms of being ‘interesting’ or ‘dynamic’ in terms of her facial expressions and postures.

  23. i dont know. she is classic pretty but..nothing radiates from her..she could be in VS catalogue, even angel personality there..

  24. Cute, tall, and healthy-looking, but does not look like a model. I have several friends who model, and I am very interested in high fashion, and I can tell you that the primary reason she is signed to an agency is because a.) she has a famous father, and b.) she’s tall? 6’2 is very tall even for a model; I’ve heard of agencies rejecting super tall girls unless they are absolute clothes-hanger thin. If you’re tall and super duper thin, you look good in most clothes. If you’re just tall (and “healthy sized” in her case, not saying super thin people can’t be healthy) and on top of that not having a spectacular face, you kinda just look awkward most of the time. Sorry, but although I support her message of health, I don’t see “model” in her at all.

  25. *correction to my previous comment: I mean that she does not look like a HF model. I guess she could do catalog, but to be honest I don’t even think “JC Penny catalog” when I see her. Just 0 model vibes at all. Not entirely a bad thing, just saying.

  26. In some pictures she looks so much like Alec Baldwin that its funny. Not that shes masculine or ugly but rather that there is so much of a resemblance that it is like seeing Alec Baldwin in a blonde wig.

  27. In what world is this girl fat?? I can’t fathom people thinking that about her, she looks quite slim to me, but then again, people are cruel. She’s very tall but I can’t see her as a VS angel or anything, she’s pretty but not striking…if her parents weren’t famous, I don’t think she’d have a chance at any sort of modeling career…though these pics are all candids so maybe she dolls up nicely.

  28. She’s an in between size- not skinny or plus size. So it may be hard for her to fit in in the modelling world, but I would rather see someone like her than most plus sized models who I can’t relate to. Also I think for her height, her frame is fine and not too big. She’s just not ‘delicate’. I don’t see a supermodel, but someone who wouldn’t look out of place in some sort of catalogue for a commercial youth fashion brand. She has nice colourings- one of the few people I don’t think yellow blonde hair looks bad on (I usually prefer ash blonde). I think she’ll probably get more visible muscle tone as she matures.

  29. For me she looks to common. She is no where near as pretty as her mom, so I won’t even go there. But I just see a common looking girl. For me all blondes look like her. tall, somewhat skinny and blonde. Her face is nothing special. what’s that sound they make when your disappointed ? psh.. and same could be said about kate upton. I don’t know what people are smoking but kate does not have a pretty face.

  30. I think she’s pretty, but I dunno her quote strikes me as particularly self centered. People probably don’t think much of anything when they look at her. Pretty girl, ok, whatever. I see no point in analysing her looks because I don’t really care. If she wants to try and be a model whatever. But frankly I think she would be happier pursuing something more worthwhile. If people criticizing her upsets her maybe choose a different career path, especially at such a young age.

  31. She didn’t expect people to be mean and nasty and calling her things on internet? She really must’ve never been on internet then. Internet is THE forum where ppl hate others and love it.

    She’s pretty and she has ideas, hopefully she has enough inner strenght to actually live by those ideas. First thing for her would be to stop reading internet and just do what she wants to do. Otherwise she’s going to pull Crystal Renn’s; talk one thing and do soon exactly the opposite.

  32. She has the height and thats about it IMO. A case of she was born into the right family/her parents have connections to get her foot in the modelling world/pull some strings to have her signed to an agency… otherwise there is no way with her body type and mediocre face.
    What does she expect though? If you are a model, you get work based on your appearance… you career and life are based around your outward look therefore that will be what you are judged upon.

  33. she looks healthy and pretty, just not like a model IMO. I think it’s her weak bone structure. but she could be a commercial model!

  34. She is beautiful. I can’t see why someone would call her “fat” or “ugly”. Apparently we deserve the fugly skeletons on the catwalk.

  35. I think she is gorgeous and I love this Californian blond look. With the right styling I can totally see her as a VS model. Tall, long legs, sweet face and beautiful hair.

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