Nepotism, a privilege that prevails in almost every field of work, is most prominent in the entertainment industry. From Hollywood actress Lily-Rose Depp, global icons like the Kardashian sisters and models kendall jenner and Gigi Hadid to Bollywood’s biggest superstars like Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt, all of them have dealt with the label of being treated as ‘baby nepo’. However, most of these successful celebrities have always made their views clear about being called ‘nepotism babies’ and have never shied away from difficult conversations about being born into privilege.
We often see various actors, singers, and models quickly climbing the ladder of success in the industry due to their famous parents or family connections. And it doesn’t matter if someone like Hadid headlined more than 35 Fashion covers or Euphoria (2019) actress maude apatow won the Breakthrough Award at the Harper’s Bazaar UK Women Of The Year Awards 2022, critics have often surrounded these celebrity kids by classifying them as nepotistic babies rather than praising their achievements.
So, here is a roundup of nepo babies in Hollywood and Bollywood, who have come forward and talked at length about their family privileges.
Celebs who turned to his label ‘nepo baby’
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If you keep up with the Kardashians, you’ll know that Kendall, the daughter of reality TV star Kris Jenner and Olympic gold medalist Caitlyn Jenner, has been a constant name on the nepotistic babe list. Whether it’s her Victoria’s Secret shows or her connections to her sisters Kim, Khloé and Kourtney Kardashian, Jenner is always making headlines.
However, the model has had her fair share of struggles. About him Keeping Up with the Kardashians Reunion SpecialJenner denied having easy access due to her nepotism privilege, revealing that she had gone to “every casting call and ran all over New York City, but all over Europe trying to get a job and make my way.”
The model who “gave the cutest little modeling book” to her mother when she was 14, believes it was “destiny” that pushed her into a modeling career.
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Alia Bhatt, one of the most successful Bollywood actresses, comes from an equally successful family. The daughter of filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt and actor Soni Razdan, she Alia is known as “the queen of nepo children.” However, you will often see the actress clarifying her stance on questions of nepotism.
During his promotions for the 2022 Netflix original dearAlia spoke with midday on being trolled by people for being a baby nepotism.
She said: “There are two ways to deal with it. One is controlled and I can prove myself in my space. I believed that the only way I could close the conversation was through my movies. So don’t answer, don’t feel bad. Of course, I felt bad. But feeling bad is a small price to pay for work for which you are respected and loved. I shut up, went home and did my job. I delivered a movie like Gangubai Kathiawadi.”
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Justin Bieber’s beautiful wife Hailey Bieber has been under the scrutiny of nepotism for a long time. Hailey, who followed in the footsteps of her model sister Alaia Baldwin and her cousin Ireland Baldwin, is the daughter of actor, director and producer Stephen Baldwin.
Belonging to a family of celebrities, Hailey was treated like a nepo babe. However, she believes that she shouldn’t limit anyone. On his YouTube show who is in my bathroom with guest Gwyneth Paltrow, he agrees with Paltrow, saying that being privileged is harder “as the world will try to bring you down, but that shouldn’t limit you.”
in a 2016 Funny In an interview, Hailey referred to fame as her family business, saying, “Kids who already have a history of fame are just following in their families’ footsteps. My dad and all of his siblings have done this. This is my family business.”
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Bollywood superstar Ranbir Kapoor, who belongs to one of Bollywood’s biggest families, has gone on record as calling himself “a product of disarming nepotism.” Son of actors Rishi and Neetu Kapoor, Ranbir, in a All India Bakchod‘s (AIB) Podcast, acknowledges the existence of nepotism, adding that he chose movies because of his family.
Earlier, speaking of being born into the lap of luxury at the September 2011 India Today Mind Rocks Youth Summit, the brahmastra (2022) the actor had said, “I come from a film family that has been contributing to Indian cinema for eight years. So there was never a day in my life where I was like ‘oh eureka’, I got what I wanted to do in my life… Movies is where I want to live.”
Kapoor believes that coming from a film family only puts you under pressure because “you have to live up to the legacy.”
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American model Gigi Hadid, whose path to fame began when she was two years old doing Baby Guess ads, comes from a family of celebrities. From reality star mom Yolanda Hadid to family friend Paul Marciano, the co-founder of Guess, Gigi Hadid rose to fame at a young age.
Acknowledging her privilege of nepotism, the model humbly relies on Australian Fashion in 2018, “I know I come from privilege, so when I started there was a lot of guilt about privilege, obviously… I’ve always had this great work ethic, because my parents came out of nowhere and I worked hard to honor them.”
Gigi, who is often trolled like a baby nepo, says she has gotten better at handling Internet bullies. “You know how people say that I shouldn’t be on the runway? I have a lot better to deal with it and want to improve myself. That is my motivation,” she adds.
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The pressure that comes with being the daughter of one of the best actors in Indian cinema is undeniable. And no one better than the Bollywood diva Janhvi Kapoor to talk about the same. The daughter of filmmaker Boney Kapoor and the late Sridevi, Janhvi had to deal with trolls ever since her first film. Dhadak (2018). However, the young Kapoor admits to being lucky and has said in several interviews that being in a privileged place where she had easy access to acting means she doesn’t take her job for granted.
in a Bbc Asian Network interview, Janhvi mentioned that it is the audience that contributes to her growth as an actress. She said: “My mom and my family have given them a lot in terms of entertainment, content…they have given a lot to Indian cinema. And they have given my mom and dad and everyone so much love and admiration. Honestly, the life I live and the opportunities I have are due to the love of these people.”
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The young filmmaker and model Paris Brosnan, who appeared in 2022 PeopleThe Sexiest Man Alive issue has addressed the issue of nepotism very openly. Paris, son of Golden Globe nominee Pierce Brosnan, feels “very lucky.”
Speaking more about the term ‘baby nepo’, as it is also called, in a Y! News In an interview, young Paris said: “I think we just have to be thankful for our blessings… It will always be there and we have to acknowledge it. At the end of the day, we are grateful to be here.”
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Sara Ali KhanThe daughter of veteran actors Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh, she made her Bollywood debut in 2018 with Kedarnath and has been addressed like a baby nepo ever since. The Simba (2018), also related to the celebrated writer and poet Rabindranath Tagore, has never denied being born into privilege.
In the first solo interview of his career with Bbc Asian NetworkSara had said, “The access my parents allowed me to have is not something I can deny.”
Delving further into the nepotism debate, he also revealed that he signed on for two movies despite not having acted in movies before. And while she’s aware that people may view that as an unearned opportunity, it only adds to the pressure.
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American actress Kate Hudson, daughter of two big Hollywood stars, Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell, doesn’t think much about the nepotism debate.
Sharing your views on New York Magazine Calling 2022 “The Year of Baby Nepo,” Hudson Says Independent in one of ‘The Saturday Interviews’, “The nepotism thing, I mean… I don’t really care. I look at my children and we are a family that tells stories. It’s definitely in our blood. People can call it whatever they want, but it’s not going to change it. In fact, I think there are other industries where it’s [more common]. Maybe modeling? I see it in business much more than I see it in Hollywood.”
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Lily-Rose Depp, currently a Chanel brand ambassador, is the daughter of the actor Johnny Depp and the model Vanessa Paradis. lily-pinkwho met the late Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld through her mother, has spoken at length about being treated like a nepo baby by the public.
Remembering a young Lily-Rose who visited Parisian ateliers to try on her mother, the model tells Fashion Australia that he had always rejected the idea of getting a job by name.
“Obviously, it’s a very easy assumption to make that I would only have roles landing on my doorstep because of my name… If you’re not right for something, they’re not just going to hire you because your name looks good. in the post,” she adds.
The French-American model actress made her film debut in 2014 with Caninestarring his father.
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One of the latest Bollywood additions to the Nepo baby list is the son of the legendary Irrfan Khan, Babil Khan. From William Shakespeare’s interpretation the comedy of errors at his school’s annual day when he was 12 years old and now he’s making his movie debut with Netflix Begin (2022), Babil always wanted to be in movies.
Speaking about his late father’s legacy and the pressure that comes with the privilege of being his son, Babil tells G.Q., “The pressure itself is a privilege. Expectations of me are markers of my privilege. You can punish yourself and feel guilty about it or humbly accept it and take advantage of it in your work. I have chosen the latter. I am thankful for opportunities that I know others will not get as easily as I do. If I can’t use my privilege and justify it through my trade, it would be a waste.”
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Singer Lily Allen, the daughter of actor Keith Allen and film producer Alison Owen, wrote extensively about her views on being a baby nepo in Twitter. Her post from late December 2022 read: “Look, I seem to have riled people up with my comments about nepo babies. I am almost 40 years old and I am more than happy, in fact I think it is important to reveal the privileged upbringing I have had and how that has created so many opportunities for me”.
However, Allen also added that when she was in her twenties she hated being called a product of nepotism and even had rifts between herself and other family members over the same. But with age she has finally come to accept her condition of belonging to a celebrity family. She ended her tweet by saying: “Nepo babies have feelings too.”
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