Ireland Baldwin: “I want people to look at me and say, ‘Wow, she looks healthy'”

Ireland Baldwin is profiled in the new issue of Vanity Fair, and that ^^ is one of Patrick Demarchelier’s VF photos. She doesn’t have much to say in the VF profile, of course, seeing as how she’s a 17-year-old tall, blonde beauty and daughter of two famous actors and seriously, how terrible is that life? But whether or not she has something to say is not really important. What’s important is that she’s beautiful and she’s going to have a pretty amazing modeling career, and the hype about Ireland as a “name” is already happening. She’s the new Kate Upton!! There, I said it. Ireland also got a profile/interview in People Magazine too, of course:

When Ireland Basinger Baldwin signed her first professional modeling contract in March, the 17-year-old daughter of Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger had high hopes.

Not only does she aspire to some day grace the cover of Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue or pose for Victoria’s Secret, but “I want to be an inspirational model,” says the 6’2″ teen. “I want people to look at me and say, ‘Wow, she looks healthy.’ ”

But since announcing her new career with IMG – the same agency behind Gisele Bündchen and Kate Moss – she not only has experienced the encouragement of fans, she’s also heard her fair share of snark on the Internet.

“I have received nasty e-mails, messages on Twitter and ridiculous comments not only about my size but my family,” Ireland tells PEOPLE. She reached a breaking point in April and posted an open letter on Tumblr saying, “I understand that I am not a size .008. What I don’t fully understand is, what is the good in commenting on a photo of a 17-year-old girl calling her fat, ugly, etc?”

Of the backlash, Ireland admits, “I didn’t expect it. It was really surprising to see how negative people can be towards someone they don’t even know.”

Ireland is no stranger to negative attention. After Basinger, 59, and Baldwin, 55, ended their eight-year marriage in ’02, a toxic custody battle ensued, culminating in 2007 when Baldwin left a scathing voicemail for Ireland, then 11, calling her a “rude, thoughtless little pig” for missing a phone date. He immediately apologized, saying, “I have been driven to the edge by parental alienation.”

For Ireland, the ordeal was “blown out of proportion,” she says. “People make it out to be so dramatic. My dad and I are very tight-knit, despite what people may think.” As for the tension between Baldwin and Basinger, “my parents always manage to work things out,” says Ireland. In fact “my parents can have each other over for Thanksgiving just to make me happy. The co-parenting is intact.”

Soon, however, Ireland will have to share Dad’s attention: He and his wife, Hilaria, 29, are expecting a baby girl this summer. “I have always wanted a sibling! I’m so excited to meet my sister. I want her to know that I’m here for her whenever she needs,” says Ireland. “I love Hilaria. She saved my dad, getting him in amazing shape. And she brought him out of a bad place of being lonely.”

[From People]

She comes across as surprisingly grounded yet again. I have to take back what I said about how not-terrible her life has been. I tend to forget that Alec Baldwin is such a rage-monster and that Ireland probably learned at an early age that she had to be the “adult” in her relationship with her rage-monster father. As for her desire to be an “inspirational model”… sure. She does look healthy. She also looks like someone who won the genetic lottery, so she can’t take all the credit for that.

Here are some assorted photos from Ireland’s Instagram – this girl is obsessed with her Instagram! Ah, teenagers.

Photos courtesy of Ireland’s Instagram and Vanity Fair.

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  1. Skipper says:

    Every model has to deal with that. Get used to it or learn to ignore it.

  2. Mich says:

    What is it with teenagers (and Demi Moore) constantly taking pics of themselves in the bathroom mirror?

    • Amelia says:

      I feel like weeping for my generation sometimes. I graduated from uni last summer and my Facebook feed is *still* blowing up with these photos.
      At best, it’s blatant attention seeking, at worst it’s a ridiculous exercise in vanity.
      And whilst I think it’s unnecessarily cruel to rag on a 17 year old’s appearance, I’m not entirely sympathetic; by putting out these kinds of pictures to a global audience, she invites the attention to a certain degree.

      • Pippa says:

        I just don’t get this way of thinking, I mean we constantly tell teenage girls they should have better self esteem despite how terribly they’re often made to feel about their looks but the second they show an inkling of actually liking how they are or god forbid posting a few pictures of themselves we call them attention seeking and vain? Seriously?

      • ya says:

        Completely agree with Pippa on this.

      • Me Three says:

        Completely agree with Amelia on this one. Yes, it’s important to have good self esteem but when it reaches narcissism, it moves into another realm. I’m sorry but if you’re going to take pics of yourself, ad nauseum, every day, in your bra and undies or a bikini and pucker up with those lovely fish lip poses girls Ireland’s age seem to think are sexy…you’re going to end up getting comments from the rest of the peanut gallery.

        This constant need to photograph yourself is not healthy!

    • Val says:

      I went to the bathroom at TJ Maxx a few days ago and there were two teenager girls were taking pics of themselves in the mirror.

      • AquaticMusings says:

        How uncomfortable. I never know the proper thing to do in these situations. Do you say something or just hide in your house with the curtains drawn with wine, weeping for society…

      • Amelia says:

        Definitely wine. Maybe a bottle of tequila on a bad day 😉

  3. gobo says:

    The New Kate Upton? God, I hope not, for her sake. Kate Upton is lovely and seems like a nice girl but the fashion industry will never accept her as a high fashion model.

  4. vanna says:

    She really is pretty and seems so lovely. But I just don’t recognise her, she looks like every other fit, blonde girl. Nothing that makes her stand out, beside her name.

    • Me Three says:

      So true. I guess I disagree that she’s beautiful and amazing. I think she’s the daughter of two famous people and if she weren’t she would not have been signed by a modeling agency and she would not be in this month’s Vanity Fair. Period.

      She’s not an amazing beauty. She’s a cute girl but I see very little difference between her and most of the girls I see in my local high school. Yeah, when anyone who’s made up and photographed by a fashion photographer is going to look good.

      I see her being a flash in the pan. At least I hope so for her sake.

  5. MollyB says:

    In some pictures, she looks stunning. In others, not so much. I can’t put my finger on it. In any case, she’s a lovely girl and I simply can’t get my mind around the notion that in any world she would be considered “fat”.

    • MrsBPitt says:

      I’m with you, MollyB….sometimes I see pics of her and think…she okay…then other pics, I think…gorgeous…she looks different everytime!

  6. virginia5 says:

    sorry, but she looks average to me.

  7. Jess says:

    I feel bad for her. She’s very, very pretty, but she’s pretty in a bland, forgettable way. It seems like everyone’s setting her up for a career as a supermodel, but she’s not unique enough. Best case she gets a few mid-level contracts while people are interested in Alec’s daughter.

    Even Kate Upton is quite striking in her own girl next door kind of way. Ireland has nothing that makes her stand out amongst a crowd of other beauties (other than her height, which is increasingly unimportant in the modelling scene).

  8. Kiddo says:

    Those legs look like they were seriously attacked by photoshop. Shadow at the top and shadow at the bottom looks incredibly unnatural.

    She’s pretty, but not as stunning as her mother was.

  9. Jayna says:

    She’s the type of model that is pretty but not stunning, but photographs beautifully. Like Giselle isn’t gorgeous, but she photographs great. I see models I think are nice enough looking but not stunning and yet they have something when made up and photographed.

    She loves her parents and isn’t a stick figure. I like her. She’s not a Paris Hilton vacuous human being. I hope she keeps her figure and ends up like a Cindy Crawford type model, who always had a shape to her on the runway.

  10. Christina says:

    Am I the only one who’s sick of this girl already? Being a model by definition means that your appearance has to fit fairly narrow criterion and that you WILL be scrutinised by people who’ve never met you. On the plus side, you can make a shedload of cash at a young age (not that she needs it), live a glamourous lifestyle and get PAID to wear beautiful clothes. Sounds like a pretty good deal to me.

    As I said before, I do wonder how much guidance she’s getting. Ireland’s mother hated modelling – she found it absoltely soul destroying. And she was the most sought after model of her day, something Ireland will never be. She’s tall and pretty for sure, but if it weren’t for her famous parents, she’d be just one among a long line up of leggy teenaged blondes.

  11. NerdMomma says:

    If she’s not a size 00, then I don’t know who is. She is tiny. Well, I know she’s tall, and 00 is for short and tiny people, but she’s very thin. People who post stuff about models being fat must just have horribly miserable lives.

  12. Thora says:

    Wow she looks healthy.


  13. Mel says:

    Surprised at the negative attention? Just go away……

  14. bluhare says:

    If it weren’t for her pedigree, she wouldn’t be getting the attention. That said, I hope she can make something out of it.

    • bluhare says:

      I have to add that with Kim Basinger as her mother, anyone is going to pale a bit. Ireland’s got some of her features, but not all.

      • Christina says:

        She kind of reminds me of Amber Le Bon, daughter of Yasmin and Simon. A pretty – though not stunning – girl in her own right, but rather ordinary compared to her mother.

        IMHO Ireland looks much more like her father than her mother, which is a shame. I just looked at some pictures of Kim in her heyday – I’d forgotten how breathtakingly gorgeous she was. Ireland is just not in the same league.

  15. Madpoe says:

    another gorgeous blonde.whatever.

  16. inthekitchen says:

    But she’s not pretty at all, right (I mean model pretty)? Is it just me? I don’t get it…

    She wouldn’t get a second look as a model if it weren’t for her parents (IMO). Okay, I’d better go hide before the rage-monster comes after me…

    • bluhare says:

      Models don’t have to be conventionally pretty, but they have to have a look. I don’t see a look with Ireland other than beach girl and there’s a lot of them out there.

    • DGO says:

      I saw her in a recent swimsuit ad in a mag and she looked great. I think she’s going to make it as a model.

  17. crazymary says:

    I think she is pretty in that casual photo of her with her dad, the dogs and dad’s wife. But honestly, she looks like every one of my son’s blonde girlfriends in high school. They all have that same look…

    But, I like this girl. Not sure why, but I hope she is successful and finds her niche.

  18. You know who hates Ireland and probably cuts uo her photos….Demi Moore’s three girls lol

  19. Isa says:

    She is very pretty but she’s missing something.
    I followed her on Instagram and had to unfollow because she was blowing up my feed too much.

  20. Anonny says:

    Wanna be healthy? Quit with the self-promotion. “Healthy” refers to the psychological as well as the physical.

  21. F5 says:

    Wow she looks bland.

  22. Lisa says:

    She’s pretty tiny, though?

  23. JC says:

    She’s beautiful. She looks so much like her mother that I actually thought that last quad of pictures *was* Kim Basinger. Holy cow.

  24. Spaz says:

    I think she’s quite likeable. The shape of her eyes is really beautiful. I like that she says she wants to look healthy which is a dirty word in the fashion industry.

  25. KellyinSeattle says:

    I still am trying to wrap my head around the fact that she’s 6’2″..that’s really , really tall, even for a model. Also, I do have to say, I LOVE Alec Baldwin so much!

  26. DGO says:

    I saw a swimsuit ad in a recent magazine at the dr’s office – Good Housekeeping or Redbook I think? – and I’m pretty sure Ireland was the model. She looked great! I like her.

  27. Becky1 says:

    I know she’s had to deal with some crazy stuff in regards to her parents, but nonetheless this girl is very fortunate. Very pretty, tall and wealthy simply by virtue of birth. She seems like a pleasant enough kid and I wish her the best but it’s weird in life how some people just naturally have so much more in terms of advantages. I would rather see someone make it in modeling or the entertainment industry who doesn’t come from such privilege. Ireland has already won the lottery just by being who she is. She’ll be more than fine whether she makes it as a model or doesn’t.

  28. Camille (TheOriginal) says:

    Cute puppies! And she’s a pretty girl.

  29. SamiHami says:

    I think she is quite beautiful, but she needs to find her style. She’s very young still, so it could take some time. I think as she gets into her twenties and figures out her best looks she’ll be stunning.