Supermodel Gigi Hadid published an open letter on Twitter to the paparazzi, press, and her fans, requesting they respect her baby daughter Khai’s privacy by not showing her face online.
Gigi Hadid has been open about her desire to protect her and Zayn Malik’s 10-month-old daughter Khai’s privacy from the beginning.
“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,” Gigi said in February.
Last night, Gigi published an open letter on Twitter, explaining that as Khai has gotten older she wants to see more of the world around her, pushing up the sunshade on the stroller to get a better view – which also exposes her to the public eye.
Gigi wrote, “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…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, publication, or fans sharing the images.”
She added, “To the Paparazzi, press, and beloved fan accounts, 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 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.”
Gigi also shared her concern about how her little daughter could be impacted the paparazzi: “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.”
Gigi went on to request that the public respect her daughter’s privacy: “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, and 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.”
Gigi Hadid also hopes her request “can continue the conversation to protect minors in the media.” She’s not alone – many parents question if posting that cute picture of their baby on social media is a prudent idea.