Daughter of Vanessa Paradis and Johnny Depp, Lily-Rose Depp thinks she owes her career to her talent alone, not to the pistons

Lily-Rose Depp confided in ELLE, and would like us to stop reminding her that she is “daughter of”, because that would be… sexist? The reasoning left us wondering.

She has long preferred to remain silent. While the trial that opposed actor Johnny Depp to his ex-wife actress Amber Heard made headlines and was the scene of a surge of hate online unprecedented, Lily-Rose Depp had chosen not to comment on this case.

The 23-year-old actress answered questions from the SHE American and addressed the subject publicly for the first time: “When it’s something so private and intimate that suddenly isn’t…I think I have the right to keep my thoughts secret. I also believe that I don’t have to answer anyoneand I feel like for a lot of my career people really wanted to define me by the men in my life, whether it’s my family members or my boyfriends, it doesn’t matter. And I’m really ready to be defined for the things that I do. »

Holding Lily-Rose Depp to account for her father’s actions doesn’t really make sense, but it’s hardly surprising considering that it’s become common to see that women who have an aggressor around them are almost held responsible of the latter’s actions.

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Vanessa Paradis and Lily-Rose Depp, Chanel ambassadors from mother to daughter. Chance, no doubt.

Lily-Rose, convinced that she owes nothing to her status as a child of stars

On that, we tend to agree. But later in the interview, the young actress and model believes that there would be a touch of sexism in the fact thatit is continually brought back to its status as “nepo baby”. Understand: child of nepotism, either who owes his success or his social ascent to the members of his family, in this case his parents.

“It’s weird to reduce someone to the idea that they only got there by something generational [sic]. That does not make any sense. If someone has a mother or father who is a doctor, and he in turn becomes a doctor, we are not going to say “You are just a doctor because one of your parents is a doctor”. In fact “no, I became a doctor and I worked”. »

Sweeping with the back of the hand the issues of social reproduction that have been theorized for a long time, especially when you are part of an elite, Lily-Rose Depp adds: “It’s just that I often hear that about women, and I don’t think it’s a coincidence. »&

Sexism has a good back. Like many of “daughters of” and “son of”Lily-Rose Depp would like us to forget her well-born position, which necessarily opened a few doors for her in cinema and modeling.

Growing up as Lily-Rose Depp means that even with a lot of talent and a lot of hard work, you always have a good head start on someone as talented as yourself who doesn’t have relatives in show business. The best thing is surely sometimes to simply acknowledge it, rather than to pretend we made ourselves (while we had mum’s credit card and dad’s address book, or vice versa, or both). But that’s often how we recognize the pure products of nepotism…


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