In an open letter to the press, paparazzi, and fan accounts, Gigi Hadid penned a plea for privacy straight from her heart and asked her followers to please understand where she was coming from. Hadid posted her open letter on her Instagram stories and rather politely begged the paparazzi to please respect the privacy of her now ten-month-old daughter, Khai, by keeping their distance so as not to frighten her, to refrain from taking pictures of her, and to please, please, blur out her face in any images that are caught on camera.
“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. 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.”
Hadid explains how she and Khai’s father, Zayn Malik, want to protect her, but they are aware that they cannot protect her from everything the way they could when she was smaller. Their daughter loves to see the world, and doesn’t understand why she has to remain hidden when, for example, she is being walked through the streets of New York City – where Hadid and Malik spend a large portion of their time – with her mother and father. In her letter, she acknowledges the challenges of growing up with parents who are public figures, however, she still asks that people respect her wishes as a new mom to protect her child, as she “just wants the best for [her] baby as all parents do.”
“I know it’s an extra effort,” Hadid acquiesces, “and I hope this can continue the conversation to protect minors in the media, even if they come from a public family.”
She also added that she and Malik do notice the paparazzi who have kept their distance so as not to scare Khai, who have had the decency and integrity to blur her face when images were shared, and she thanks them with a sincere, and heartfelt word of gratitude. Overall, Hadid’s letter was polite, respectful, understanding, and made perfect sense. It’s only a shame that she was even put in a position that she had to make such a request in the first place.