Gwyneth Paltrow, step away from the Nepo baby t-shirt

By now you’ve seen the pictures of Hailey Bieber in a parking garage, showing off her cropped white shirt with the phrase “nepo baby” on the front, and you’ve probably seen the discussion about it on Instagram, Twitter, and on every fashion magazine’s website (including ours). But now other celebrities (and even other nepo babies) are commenting on the statement, including Gwyneth Paltrow.

After watching the moment With style’s Instagram, Paltrow apparently approved of Bieber’s bold ownership of the title. “I might need some of these,” the actress-turned-wellness-guru commented on the post. It’s easy to forget that Paltrow herself was once just a “nepo baby”. Her mother is Emmy and Tony-winning actress Blythe Danner, and her father is the late producer and director, Bruce Paltrow. Although, she has managed to eclipse both her parents’ fame through both acting and Goop (the best way to combat claims of nepotism, in our humble opinion). Still, there is no doubt that she had a step up thanks to her family connections.

As much as we’d love a vintage early aughts GP paparazzi moment (as pictured above), the actress should avoid shirts for now. Through her work, she has done a very good job of avoiding much of the criticism of others in her position. Every time she has commented on her lineage, however, it is when she has landed in slightly murky waters. Last July, Paltrow actually sat down with Bieber for an episode of the model’s YouTube series, and the duo discussed nepotism. “Being someone’s child gives you access that other people don’t have. So the playing field is not level in that way,” Paltrow said, starting off strong. “But I really feel that when your foot is in the door – which you unfairly got in – then you have to work almost twice as hard and be twice as good because people are ready to pull you down and say you don’t belong there, and you’re only there because of your father or your mother or whatever. And that shouldn’t limit you because what I definitely believe is that no one in the world – especially anyone who doesn’t know you – should have a negative impact on your path or the decisions you make.” So close, GP, so close.

Gwyneth with her parents in 1997.

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If we’ve learned anything lately, it’s that the public just wants nepo babies to admit they have a leg, and to end this whole “it’s twice as hard because other people want to discredit you” argument. If any deeds need an example of how to comment on their status, feel free to turn to Allison Williams, who spoke beautifully on the subject in a recent interview. “All people are looking for is an acknowledgment that it’s not a level playing field,” she said Vulture. “It’s just unfair. Period, end of story, and no one is working that hard to do it justice. Not acknowledging that I’m getting started as an actor versus someone with zero connections is not the same – it’s ridiculous. It doesn’t take anything away from the work I’ve done. It just means messing up isn’t as much fun for me.”

So wear your t-shirts for a photo op (it has since been revealed that Bieber immediately took off the statement top after getting the shot, cement the outfit as a bit of a fashion stunt), and enjoy the perks that come with your birthright. Just as long as you stop trying to trick us into thinking it’s harder for those born with previously known surnames.

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