Cindy Crawford’s daughter Kaia Gerber weighs in on the ‘Nepo Baby’ debate


Kaia Gerber had a lot to say about the so-called nepotism baby debate that has taken the headlines and Hollywood by storm in recent months.

The actress and model, who is the daughter of supermodel Cindy Crawford and entrepreneur Randy Gerber, shared her thoughts on the subject in an interview with Elle magazine published Tuesday.

“I don’t want to deny the privilege 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 good source of information and someone to give me good advice, I alone feel very lucky. My mother always joked, ‘If I could call and order a Chanel campaign, it would be for me and not you.’ But I have also met fantastic people through my mother, with whom I now get to work.”

Kaia Gerber said that nepotism is more of a factor in modeling than in acting.

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Interestingly, Gerber ― whose acting credits include “American Horror Story: Double Feature” and the upcoming Apple TV+ series “Mrs. American Pie” — suggested there’s a marked difference in how much of 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 child. That’s just not how art is made, and what I’m interested in is art. Also, no one wants to work with someone who’s annoying and who isn’t easy to work with and who are not friendly.”

Kaia Gerber (left) poses with her mother, Cindy Crawford.
Kaia Gerber (left) poses with her mother, Cindy Crawford.

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“Yes, nepotism is rampant,” she continued, “but I think if that was actually 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 the children of celebrities whose professional success, usually in show business, can be largely 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 reactions from a host of celebrity offspring, including Kate Hudson and Allison Williams.


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