Gigi Hadid has jotted down an intimate appeal to paparazzi and the press to maintain the privacy of her 10-month-old daughter, Khai.
The first-time mama has only shared discreet pictures of her baby, none revealing Khai’s face, on social media, as she yearns for her child’s image to stay undisclosed — which is why she took to Instagram stories to ask photographers, journalists, bloggers, and even fan accounts for their cooperation.
“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,” she wrote in her open letter.
Although Hadid and partner Zayn Malik spend the maximum of their moment on her family plantation in Pennsylvania, she said that Khai “loves seeing the world” and that on recent visits to New York City, the baby has wanted the sunshade on her stroller lifted.
“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,” Hadid wrote. “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 . . . and I hope this can continue the conversation to protect minors in the media, even if they come from a public family,” said the model.
“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,” Hadid concluded.