Gigi Hadid writes an open letter to the paparazzi, press, and fan accounts so as to maintain the privacy of her and Zayn Malik's 10-month-old daughter Khai's privacy. She asks the press and the media members to blur the face of her daughter as she will be spotted more in New York City with the ‘sunshade lifted up’ which she is used to at her home.

In February, she had mentioned that she has friends (referring to friends Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds) who have hidden their daughters from social media and paparazzi photos saying, “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.”

As Khai is growing up and will be one year old in September she wishes to see the city more and more so she requests not to run photos that show the face of her 10-month old which she is doing because she wants her child to grow as a normal child and this is what she thinks is the best for her daughter, Khai.

“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,” Hadid wrote. “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. 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…”


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The full letter is:

To the paparazzi, press, and fan accounts:

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 loves seeing the world! And although she gets a lot of that out near the farm, she also gets to experience other places- a true blessing. On our most recent visits to New York, she has started to want her sunshade lifted up (something she is used to at home) and helps herself to it! 😅 she doesn’t understand why she’s covered in the city, or what I’ve wanted to protect her from. 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.

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.

I write this all to say: to the Paparazzi, press, and beloved fan accounts, you know we have never intentionally shared our daughters 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, 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… and I hope this can continue the conversation to protect minors in the media, even if they come from a public family.

I would like to send a huge 'Thank You' to those paparazzi who have been so respectful, since I asked theme 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.

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.

I appreciate you taking the time to read this and hope you can understand where I’m coming from.



With love, G

gigi hadid's open letter about khai

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