Lily-Rose Depp’s Denial Of Her ‘Nepotism Baby’ Status Is Being Called Out By High-Fashion Models

“At the end of the day you can go cry in your Villa in Malibu.”

By Ava Gilchrist
There's no doubt that some of the careers of the most famous faces in Hollywood were built of the back of nepotism.
The latest nepotism baby to piqué our interest? Lily-Rose Depp.
The French-American actress and model, whose parents are Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis, is amongst a slew of contemporaries whose career trajectory and success are defined by the privileged pathway their famous parents built for them.
But unlike her fellow nepo babies, who are quick to acknowledge the systemic advantages the industry allows them thanks to their last name and elite upbringing, Depp doesn't believe she had a leg up.
And her high-fashion model colleagues are not here for it.

Why Is Lily-Rose Depp Being Called Out For Being A 'Nepotism Baby'?

While only 23, Depp's accolades include countless fashion magazine covers, starring roled in numerous films and TV shows including the highly-anticipated The Idol, and even made her runway debut in Chanel's gilded Parisian glamour pre-Fall 2017 show.
It's not unusual for a model-turned-actress's résumé to boast such achievements at a young age—simply look at Kate Moss or Milla Jovovich—however in Lily-Rose's case, it's clear she did not obtain these positions on merit alone.

Speaking to ELLE US, Lily-Rose shared her own musings on the 'nepo baby' phenomena.
"The internet seems to care a lot about that kind of stuff. People are going to have preconceived ideas about you or how you got there, and I can definitely say that nothing is going to get you the part except for being right for the part," she told the publication.
"The internet cares a lot more about who your family is than the people who are casting you in things. Maybe you get your foot in the door, but you still just have your foot in the door. There's a lot of work that comes after that," she added.
However, what really took the internet by storm was Lily-Rose Depp's omission, or even lack of self-awareness, of nepotism improving her career.
"If somebody's mom or dad is a doctor, and then the kid becomes a doctor, you're not going to be like, 'Well, you're only a doctor because your parent is a doctor.' It's like, 'No, I went to medical school and trained'," she said.
There's no evidence to disparage Lily-Rose's performances or 'training' as anything but the result of her own hard work, however the comments surrounding her feeling "reduced" to being in the position she is because of her parents have upset the model community.
Source: @lilyrosedepp
Following the publishing of the article, Italian model Vittoria Ceretti, who has walked for nearly every high fashion label and doesn't have the cushioned lifestyle of a nepotism to fall back on if her career suddenly ends, started the discourse by calling out Depp on Instagram stories.
The backlash was swift, fast and merciless, with many models including Anok Yai and Aweng Chuol echoing Vittoria's sentiment.
Below, what the modelling community has to say about nepotism and their response to Lily-Rose Depp.
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