BY ALEXA BASA
American model Gigi Hadid wrote an open letter asking the paparazzi, press and fan accounts to refrain from posting pictures of her daughter, Khai, with English singer Zayn Malik.
She pleaded to blur Khai’s face if caught on camera for privacy reasons.
“I know the laws change State to State, and I’ve seen some paparazzi photos of kids of NYC with their faces blurred — but from asking around, I believe that comes down to the integrity of the photographer, publications, or fans sharing the images,” Gigi wrote.
The letter was posted on her Instagram story and Twitter account.
“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…” she explained.
Gigi has posted few pictures of Khai since her daughter arrived in September 2020, but never revealed the face. She intends to keep it that way.
“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. 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 wrote.
She followed: “I hope this can continue the conversation to protect the minors in the media.”
The 26-year-old mother explained that she could no longer hide her baby from the media as Khai is getting older and wants to see more of New York City. Still, she does not want her daughter to be exposed.
She also described one of their first visits to the city, where Khai lifted the shade of her stroller as she is used to at home. The baby wanted the sun, so she did it by herself, without knowing why her parents covered her.
“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,” she said.
Gigi also thanked those paparazzi who have kept a distance.
“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,” she said.
She concluded: “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.”
Read the full letter below.