Does the fashion industry have a nepotism problem?
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It could be argued that these celebrity offspring are getting their jobs through sheer hard work, but then would they really be where they are if they lived on an estate and their parents worked in a fast food restaurant? To understand nepotism we need to go back to 1975. Jerry Hall was skyrocketed to worldwide fame after she appeared on the album cover for Sirens. She later became a Vogue cover girl multiple times and then (sort of) married rock and roll legend Mick Jagger. Hall and Jagger had four children, and their two daughters Elizabeth and Georgia-May have gone on to be incredibly successful models in their own right. In the '80s Cindy Crawford was photographed whilst working in a cornfield and went on to become one of the most famous supermodels of all time. Kate Moss was just 14 when she was scouted at JFK airport and Gisele Bündchen was scouted in McDonald's (yes, really.) Fast forward to 2019, and this obsession with celebrity children has gone quite mad. It’s hard to walk past a beauty hall, newsstand or down a high street without seeing the faces of those who come from fashion dynasty. Most recently criticism fell on Dazed magazine for featuring 16-year-old Lila Moss and their cover star, branding her cover ’16 years in the making’. Dazed’s CEO and co-founder is Lila’s father Jefferson Hack, the stylist for the shoot was her godmother Katy England, and she’s signed to the
Lila Moss is far from the only one. Iris Law (daughter of Jude Law and Sadie Frost) is the face of Burberry Cosmetics and has had fashion spreads in British Vogue; her brother Rafferty also walked for Dolce and Gabbana. Kaia Gerber was nominated for model of the year at the Fashion Awards last year, and of course, her mother Cindy Crawford - supermodel and world-famous icon - was there to cheer her on.
So they put the editorial director’s 16-year-old daughter on the cover for no reason? pic.twitter.com/y1ywSFlzAH— Sam Wolfson (@samwolfson) January 18, 2019
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“Since the beginning we’ve been super selective about what shows I would do. I was never one of those girls who would do like 30 shows a season or whatever the fuck those girls do. More power to ‘em. But I had a million jobs, not only catwalks but everything else. The whole combination was very overwhelming and I started to freak out a little bit and needed to take a step back,” says the 22-year-old, admitting that she “was on the verge of a mental breakdown.” #LOVE20 Photographer @alasdairmclellan Fashion Editor @kegrand Make up @ctilburymakeup Hair @jamesspecis Casting @bitton Interview #MurrayHealy
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I’m shocked but not surprised by this attitude. Not everyone gets to skip castings, get paid more than everyone else and generally work less- it’s not about being “selective”, it’s about not having to put the work in but still receiving all the campaigns and editorials. https://t.co/13WsCRUNT5— l. anderson (@Leomie_Anderson) August 20, 2018