Gigi Hadid is making a plea to paparazzi, press and fan accounts on her Instagram Stories.
Like many famous parents, the supermodel mama of 9-month-old Khai, whom she shares with boyfriend Zayn Malik, want to protect their daughter’s privacy. The couple are requesting that if a photo is taken of them with their daughter, that her face be blurred out before being published.
“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,” Hadid wrote on Instagram.
The couple were inspired to keep Khai’s face private from the beginning by famous friends Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, who rarely show their children’s faces in public.
In an interview with Vogue, Hadid wrote, “I have friends who are public figures and that’s how they’ve gone about it, and I see their kids really blossom in a different way,” she said, referring to Lively and Reynolds.
On a recent trip to New York, Hadid noticed that Khai wanted to check things out via her stroller, and didn’t enjoy being covered up.
“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 — 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.”
Like any new mama, famous or not, Hadid just wants to protect her child.
“You know we have never intentionally shared our daughter’s face on social media. Our wish is that she can choose how to share herself to the world when she comes of age and that she can live as normal a childhood as possible, without worrying about a public image that she has not chosen.”
Continuing, Hadid writes, “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. I know it’s an extra effort, but as a new mom, I just want the best for my baby, as all parents do.”
I hope that paparazzi respect the supermodel mama’s wishes as her daughter grows up. While the spotlight will never be far away, it should be on the ones who made the decision to be in it, and no one else.
Hadid ended her note by writing, “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.”
We absolutely do, mama.