Ireland Baldwin is determined to forge her own success on the catwalk. And like her Emmy-winning pop, the teen she isn’t keeping quiet when it comes to reacting to her and her family’s critics.
In 2007, Alec Baldwin left an angry voicemail for then-11-year-old Ireland that went public during his nasty custody battle with ex-wife Kim Basinger. In the message, the actor calls his daughter a “rude, thoughtless, little pig.” Ireland says she’s moved on from the incident and she’d like the media to do the same.
In a Tumblr post that went viral this week, Ireland, 17, writes:
“Just like almost all of you, my dad has made some mistakes in the past. He has spoken out of place, he has let his temper get the best of him, and he has reacted towards things in ways he shouldn’t have. I get hateful replies and threats regarding mistakes of my dad’s past. This isn’t fair…More importantly, my dad has moved on. He recognized that he needed to change, so he made changes…He moved on, so why can’t you?”
The 6’2â€³ Ireland, an aspiring model, also reacted to the “hateful” comments that she’s received about her body.
“What I don’t fully understand, is what is the good in commenting on a photo of a 17-year-old girl and calling her fat, ugly, etc? Is that helping you in some way? I’m confused…If you don’t have a complimentary thing to say about someone, keep it to yourself…Every girl out there has a beautiful feature…I apologize to some of you that my decision to try modeling is bothering you so much. I wanted to get a feel for it. This opportunity arose, so I took it.”
The Hollywood heir made one more point, writing:
“Modeling can really help you feel beautiful! I also get compared to my mom [Basinger] quite a bit and this is where I bridge into the point of this whole post. I AM NOT MY PARENTS…I have passions and interests of my own that I want to soon give life to. I want to be known for helping others and being a healthy role model. That is what matters most to me overall.”