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    Ireland Baldwin Slams Body Critics, Wants to Be Known as More Than Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger's Kid

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    Ireland Baldwin wants to make one thing clear: If you don't have something nice to say, then keep it to yourself.

    Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger's 17-year-old daughter is hitting back at critics, especially gossip sites and all the "haters" on social media, who have said she's "too fat" to pursue a modeling career and think she's been given an unfair leg up just because of her Hollywood pedigree.

    "Of course I get those comments about how I am too fat to model, how I am not model material, how I am an unattractive girl, how I am too tall, etc…. I understand that I am not a size .008," the younger Baldwin writes in an open letter on her Tumblr.

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    "What I don't fully understand, is what is the good in commenting on a photo of a 17-year-old girl and calling her fat, ugly, etc? Is that helping you in some way?" asks the 6-foot-2 stunner.

    Saying she tries to "see the beauty in everyone," even those who unfairly judge her looks, Baldwin makes no apology about her model ambitions, particularly because it helps build her confidence.

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    "I have battled many different struggles with self-esteem and body image issues," she admits. "Modeling can really help you feel beautiful! I also get compared to my Mom quite a bit and this is where I bridge into the point of this whole post. I AM NOT MY PARENTS. My mom is one of the most beautiful woman in the world. She is 5'9, I am 6'2. She is petite and fragile, and I am fit and…. more to love tehe. I have a booty, she has a thigh gap. "

    As for her father, Ireland notes that he's made mistakes in the past but has changed and "moved on," and she asks her haters to do the same.

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    "I am not seeking fame by association. I do not want to be simply know as a model. I am proud to be my parent's daughter, but I don't want to forever be known as 'that rude thoughtless little pig' or 'Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger's kid.' I have passions and interests of my own that I want to soon give life to. I want to be known for helping others and being a healthy role model."

    Sounds like she's well on her way. To read her full post, click here.

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