Ireland Baldwin is an American model and actress. Famous since childhood for being the daughter of prominent Hollywood actors, Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger, Ireland has managed to carve a niche for herself in the modeling and entertainment world. Ireland is an accomplished model and her most famous attribute is her height (1.88 m). She has appeared in well-known magazines including ‘Vanity Fair’, ‘W Magazine’, ‘DuJour’, ‘Elle’, ‘Marie Claire’, and many more. Apart from modeling, the blue-eyed beauty has also appeared in a number of movies; the most popular being ‘Grudge Match’. She has also featured in cameos and small appearances in television series like ‘The Talk’, ‘Extra’, ‘Ridiculousness’, and more. Ireland is genderfluid and has openly spoken for the LGBT rights. She is also considered as one of the role models for the gay community. Baldwin has also advocated a number of social causes and has spoken against animal cruelty on numerous occasions.
Childhood & Early Life
Ireland was born Ireland Eliesse Baldwin in Los Angeles, California on October 23, 1995. Her mother Kim Basinger and father Alec Baldwin are both major stars in Hollywood.
She has three half-siblings from her father’s second marriage to Hilaria Baldwin; half-brothers, Rafael and Leonardo, and a half-sister, Carmen. She is also the cousin of Hollywood actress Hailey Baldwin. Her uncles, Stephen, Daniel, and William Baldwin, are also actors.
She is of French, Scottish, German, English and Irish ancestry.
Growing up, Ireland was often ridiculed for being taller than the other girls. She had low self-esteem and also battled with eating disorders as a result of all the negative attention.
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Ireland garnered media attention in 2007, when her father, Alec Baldwin’s angry voice message to her became public. During 2008 to 2012, she made small appearances in a number of shows including 'Access Hollywood' and 'Good Morning America'.
In 2013, she signed with IMG Models and debuted with a swimwear editorial for New York Post. Her tall yet graceful frame and brown hair launched her to success in modeling. She appeared in prominent magazines like ‘Elle’, and ‘DuJour’. She was also named Vanity Fair’s ‘It Girl’. In the same year, she made her acting debut with the movie ‘Grudge Match’ where she played the younger version of her mother Kim Basinger’s character, Sally.
In 2014, she appeared in a television movie titled ‘Dream Corp LLC’. She was also present at the MTV VMAs with her then girlfriend, Angel Haze. During the same year, she appeared on E! News.
In 2015, Ireland had her Instagram account shut mainly because her posts were against the ‘no nudity’ clause of the website. This created a major scandal with her fans and the media. She channeled the media attention she received to promote animal rights and advocated the adoption of dogs. This move won the hearts of many of her fans. In the same year, she also appeared in a television series titled ‘The Insider’ and worked as a correspondent for ‘Entertainment Tonight’.
In 2016, Ireland appeared in a television movie titled ‘Campus Caller’. She also played a small role in ‘Love Advent’, a short TV series. She was a guest co-host on the television series, ‘The Talk’. She appeared as herself in ‘Ridiculousness’, a TV series.
Baldwin appeared on the cover of the Bulgarian edition of ‘Elle’ magazine, the Ukranian edition of ‘L’Officiel’, and the Mexican edition of ‘Marie Claire’ in 2017. In the same year, she was also a part of the campaign for ‘True Religion Jeans’.
After making her debut as a model in 2013, Ireland became a subject of criticism with critics calling her ‘too big to be a model’, referring to her towering height. Aged 17 then, Ireland successfully defended herself by shutting down all the body shamers on Twitter.
She promotes a healthy lifestyle through her social media accounts and has, on numerous occasions, urged her fans to love themselves as they are.
Ireland is a renowned philanthropist and supports a number of charities and foundations dealing with animal rights and adoption. She has spoken in support of PETA and has supported ‘The Humane Society’, ‘American Stroke Association’, ‘American Heart Association’. She has also backed the ‘American Foundation for AIDS Research’.
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In 2015, she appeared in an advertisement for HUSUS, ‘The Humane Society of United States’ urging people to opt for adopting puppies and dogs instead of buying them. She is also a passionate advocate of animal rights. She appeared on the advertisement poster with her dog; the theme was, celebrating the spirit of Christmas.
Awards & Achievements
In 2014, Ireland Baldwin ranked at the 90th position on Maxim magazine’s “Hot 100” list.
She has supported LGBT rights openly and was also called an LGBT role model in 2016. She stated that she wasn’t trying to be a role model for anybody and that she merely supports people who are true to themselves.
Ireland has had a rocky relationship with her father. In 2007, they came under a lot of criticism when a voice message of her father calling her “an arrogant pig” became public. The incident had an adverse effect on both of them.
The father-daughter duo has moved on since and are reportedly closer than ever. Ireland also got her father’s nickname for her, ‘squirrel’, tattooed in French on her wrist. The incident was brought up at a celebrity roast recently where Ireland mocked her father in good spirit. She is also very close to her mother, Kim Basinger.
Ireland has dated photographer Slater Trout but came into spotlight for attending the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards with her girlfriend, Angel Haze, who is a rapper. Her father took time to come to terms with his daughter’s sexuality and initially didn’t approve of it. In an interview with Amy Schumer, Alec Baldwin stated that he would prefer to be with a woman he hated than sleep with someone of the same sex. This comment invited a lot of criticism from activists. He eventually stated he supports Ireland no matter what.
Ireland and rapper Angel Haze dated for around a year. The couple broke up in 2015 and a magazine reportedly quoted Angel Haze stating that the pressure of being an interracial gay couple took a toll on their relationship. Ireland took to Twitter claiming they had made no such statement and that their words were twisted.
Ireland is currently in a relationship with professional surfer Noah Schweizer. The couple has been spotted together on numerous occasions.
She is nicknamed ‘Dublin’ by her friends and family.
She loves dogs and has adopted a puppy named Kota.
Her current estimated net worth is 1 million dollars.