Hailey Bieber wades into the nepo baby discourse

Hailey Bieber is quite aware of what you've been saying about her.
The model, who is the daughter of actor Stephen Baldwin, was spotted out and about in Los Angeles on Friday wearing a baby onesie that said "Nepo Baby."
The term, which is short for nepotism baby, has become a popular, semi-derogatory way to describe someone who has well-connected parents in their chosen sector (albeit it is usually used to actresses, models, and anybody who might be seen on the Oscars red carpet).
Recently, New York magazine dedicated a viral magazine package to the word, labeling Bieber a "double nepo," alluding not just to her father, but also to her husband Justin Bieber.
What else is a lady to do except proudly wear the name and a pair of low-rise jeans?


This isn't the first time Bieber has gotten involved in this debate.
Last year, she included Gwyneth Paltrow (who is also the daughter of actor Blythe Danner and producer Bruce Paltrow) on her YouTube series "Who's In My Bathroom?"
The two talked about it.
Paltrow has expressed the more contentious viewpoint that children of industry professionals must work harder than those without connections in order to succeed.
After Paltrow stated that rising celebrity offspring should not be limited, Bieber stated that she "wanted to hear that today."


Bieber follows a long line of superstars who have used fashion to influence or confront a narrative about them.
By wearing a shirt that says "nepo baby," Bieber appears to be aiming to claim the word for himself before others do.
Naomi Campbell did something similar when she wore a sweatshirt with the words "Naomi Slapped Me... and I Loved It," referring to the claim that she hit her cleaner in 2006. (she pled guilty to the charges a year later).
Anna Delvey, the phony heiress, was recently seen wearing a blouse with her own face while leaving her home, where she is presently under house arrest.
(She is forbidden from social media but understands how to use it.)

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