Gigi Hadid is asking you (and the world) to respect her daughter’s privacy.
This past week, Hadid shared a post to her Instagram story pleading with paparazzi, press and fan accounts to “blur” her and Zayn Malik’s 9-month-old baby girl Khai’s face in any images that may pop up.
“As our baby grows up we have to realize that we can’t protect her from everything the way we wanted to and could when she was smaller. She loves seeing the world! And although she gets a lot of that out near the farm, she also gets to experience other places – a true blessing,” Gigi begins the lengthy post.
Hadid continues, revealing how it was a trip to NY that led her to pen the letter.
“On our most recent visits to New York, she has started to want her sunshade lifted up (something she is used to at home) and helps herself to it! She doesn’t understand why she’s covered in the city, or what I’ve wanted to protect her from. I also want her to see the most amazing city in the world and the beautiful and diverse people that walk down the streets of NYC … that is, without the stress of the media circus that comes with parents who are public figures.”
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“I know the laws change state to state, and I’ve seen some paparazzi photos of kids in NYC with their faces blurred – but from asking around, I believe that that comes down to the integrity of the photographer, publications, or fans sharing the images. I write this all to say: to the Paparazzi, press, and beloved fan accounts, you know we have never intentionally shared our daughter’s face on social media.”
The model’s wish? To gift her daughter a normal childhood.
“Our wish is that she can choose how to share herself with the world when she comes of age and that she can live as normal of a childhood as possible, without worrying about a public image that she has not chosen. It would mean the world to us, as we take our daughter to see and explore NYC and the world if you would PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE blur her face out of the images, if and when she is caught on camera.”
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“I know it’s an extra effort – but as a new mom, I just want the best for my baby, as all parents do… and I hope this can continue the conversation to protect minors in the media, even if they come from a public family. I would like to send a huge ‘Thank You’ to those paparazzi who have been so respectful, since I asked them to keep a distance while I walked with the stroller, since my first trip to NYC with Khai. I see you and I appreciate it.”
Gigi concludes the post, reminding everyone of a child’s perspective of what a paparazzi frenzy must feel like.
“For a child, I can imagine that close or dramatic paparazzi frenzies must be overwhelming and disorienting it still is as an adult that understands and deals with it often. I appreciate you taking the time to read this and hope you can understand where I’m coming from.”
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Mamas Uncut is THE online place for moms. We cover the latest about motherhood, parenting, and entertainment as well – all with a mom-focused twist. So if you're looking for parenting advice from real parents, we have plenty of it, all for moms from moms, and also experts. Because, at the end of the day, our mission is focused solely on empowering moms and moms-to-be with the knowledge and answers they’re looking for in one safe space.