What we think about celebrity offspring dominating the runways
Do you think it's fair?
Since the rise of Kendall Jenner and the Hadid sisters, fashion has been quite familiar with models from famous families. However, the recent influx of celebrity kids on the runway has created a controversial debate: would they be where they are now without their high-profile last names?
While Jenner and the Hadids are known to be the celebrity models of this generation, ranked on Forbes’s 2017 list of the highest paid models, the runway is littered with many more child celebrities than you could imagine. Models related to Kate Moss, Lionel Richie, Jude Law, Johnny Depp, Nicole Richie, Snoop Dogg and Liam Gallagher are just to name a few.
Not only are celebrity children on the runway, but royal bloodlines are becoming models for renown fashion houses. In Kim Jones' recent debut at Dior Homme, Prince Nicolai of Denmark opened the show.
One of the latest models of these kind is Delilah Belle Hamlin, daughter of actor Harry Hamlin and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star, Lisa Rinna. In this years Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Australia, Delilah flew all the way from New York to open for American active wear brand, KORAL. She also was spotted front row of I.AM.GIA Resort show. Her younger sister, 16-year-old Amelia Hamlin, also has aspirations to be a model. Together the sister duo has already been dubbed the next ‘Hadid sisters’.
As we shift into the brave new digital world, anyone can build a following and receive opportunities from famous fashion houses. However, children of celebrities do have the upper-hand as they already possess immediate public interest via their parents.
We can’t deny that these models have been blessed with model-worthy features. However, these opportunities would never be easily handed to a commoner model who hasn’t proven themselves. Many models work industry for many years before they’re even casted in a prestigious fashion show. While many celebrity children are given a runway debut spot as a casual practise run.
No longer do days exist where models from poorer backgrounds, like Natalia Vodianova, succeed without somewhat of an online presence or family prestige. As Calvin Klein says, “They're booked because of how many followers they have online.”
Celebrity children models do work hard—there is a lot of pressure to do well, especially for models like Kaia Gerber, who has pressure to be just as great as her mother, Cindy Crawford, one of the 90s Supers. Still, the industry is a lot more open to handing out opportunities to celebrity children than other models. Inexperienced celebrity offspring will be often chosen over other models who have a better walk, the correct height and a more striking charm—something that does not always boil down to the amount of effort.
With model aristocracy and social media influence, we can not deny the fact that the fashion industry has the potential to become more closed-off than ever. The dominance of these models all conform to one standard of beauty—one in which does not align with the industry’s progression in beauty standards.
The industry was never known as an inclusive place, but if the only main path to success is to have inherited privilege and social media influence, fashion will never achieve diversity in means of race, wealth or prestige.
What are your thoughts?
Words by Jenny Qian
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