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Kim Basinger is no longer just giving daughter Ireland Basinger Baldwin modeling advice from behind the camera. She’s now going to be teaching by example, after signing a contract with Baldwin’s modeling agency, IMG.
Basinger, 60, started her career as a model at age 16, two years younger than Ireland is now. As a Ford model, she famously was the Breck Shampoo girl before transitioning to acting, eventually winning an Oscar for her role in L.A. Confidential. And though she’s worked steadily, Basinger has also been relishing her role as mom to Ireland, laying low at the same time her daughter has entered the public eye.
After signing with IMG Models in early 2013, the teen put her mom’s advice to work in her first big photoshoot for the NY Post. She followed it up with a spread in Elle, in which the resemblance to her mother was even more striking.
In the Elle profile, Ireland credited her mom for getting her into modeling (“She thought it would be good for my confidence because I never thought of myself as a pretty girl,” Ireland said) and hinted that modeling could be in the cards for Basinger: “She looks like she’s my age. Her body, I swear, it’s scary.”
And Basinger is ready to go. She stepped out at the Grudge Match premiere in a sharp menswear-inspired Ralph Lauren Collection outfit, looking like the natural in front of the camera that she is. So now we have to add “Basinger/Baldwin modeling campaign” to our wish list for 2014.
What do you think about the mother/daughter model duo? Excited to see what’s next for Basinger?