Ireland Baldwin on Modeling, Being the Daughter of Famous Actors

  • Ireland Baldwin spoke about her modeling career on the latest episode of “Red Table Talk.”
  • Baldwin said that she didn’t think she would have been scouted if she didn’t have famous parents.
  • Baldwin is the only child of actors Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger.

Ireland Baldwin said that she didn’t think she’d have a modeling career if she wasn’t the daughter of actors Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger.

“You have a lot more to prove because you’re always gonna have that comparison to your parents,” Baldwin, 26, said during a conversation with Willow Smith on the latest episode of “Red Table Talk” on Facebook Watch.

“I don’t think I ever would have been scouted as a model if it weren’t for who my parents are,” she continued. “Nothing makes me want to peel my fingernails more than doing a Basinger-Baldwin spread in a magazine and then facing the criticism and comparisons. And then that anxiety for me is extremely toxic.”

Ireland Baldwin wears a light blue pantsuit at the premiere of "Justin Bieber: Seasons" in January 2020.

Ireland Baldwin opened up about her anxiety during an appearance on “Red Table Talk.”

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During the discussion, Baldwin opened up about her long-time struggle with anxiety, which began when her parents split in 2002. Baldwin, the only daughter that the couple shares, was a child at the time of her parent’s divorce.

She got her first modeling job at 17 years old and said that the career further contributed to her anxiety.

“It ruined my brain,” Baldwin said. “I already had so many body issues, eating disorders, all that stuff, before I even got into modeling. At the beginning of my modeling career, I was like ‘Why am I even doing this?'”

Baldwin has previously spoken about her experiences with anorexia and bulimia. On “RTT,” she recalled a specific incident in which she attended a Harper’s Bazaar dinner for work and had one of the “worst panic attacks I’ve ever had in my life.”

Model Ireland Baldwin wears an orange dress with long sleeves while standing on stage at the 2019 Comedy Central roast of Alec Baldwin.

Ireland Baldwin got her first modeling job when she was 17 years old.

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“I literally had to go outside and rip my dress off,” she said. “It was so tight. Took my necklace off and I was dry heaving in a street in New York, like throwing up.”

Later during the “RTT” episode, Baldwin, Smith, Basinger, and cohosts Jada Pinkett Smith and Adrienne Banfield Norris sat down for a larger conversation regarding generational anxiety.

Baldwin said that her mom, who also has anxiety, is her “go-to” person to help her navigate her mental health struggles.

“She’s who I call when I’m panicking, when I’m having an anxiety attack, or when it’s starting to build up,” Baldwin said.

Watch the full “Red Table Talk” episode below.

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