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Nepo Baby meaning explained: What is it and why is it trending?

Nepo Baby meaning explained: What is it and why is it trending?

FOR most people trying to make it big takes a hell of a lot of blood, sweat and tears.

But many of Hollywood‘s elite have had a leg up on the average person, thanks to their family connections.

GettyMiley Cyrus has her famous father Billy Ray as well as godmother Dolly Parton to rely on[/caption]

What is a ‘Nepo Baby’?

Celebrity children gained a new nickname in 2022 – Nepo Baby.

The term stands for a person who has benefited from nepotism; in other words, those who have “made it” in their career from their parents’ fame.

Nepotism is defined as “the practice among those with power or influence of favoring relatives, friends, or associates, especially by giving them jobs”.

Many stars have had a head start in their careers thanks to the perks that come with having famous parents.

Having connections at their fingertips and ins in most industries means they have the power to blag their way into boardrooms, Broadway stages and the cover of Vogue.

Why is the term Nepo Baby trending?

The nickname “Nepo Baby” was born as Gen Z discovered that their favorite stars weren’t entirely self-made.

This happened mainly due to shows like Euphoria, Emily In Paris, and The Kardashians, all of which feature main characters (or entire casts) born to famous parents.

Meriem Derradji, a netizen of Twitter, coined the term after discovering that Euphoria star Maude Apatow had two famous parents – comedian Judd Apatow and actress Leslie Mann.

Her tweet gained thousands of likes and retweets, and some nepo babies even started to respond to her.

A December 2022 deep dive into nepo babies was published in Vulture, further flaming the fire.

The term has continued to trend after an explosion of interest in the topic, which has forced many celebs with the privilege of famous parents to defend themselves.

Social media users have been creating mammoth flow charts breaking down the links between Hollywood A-listers.

Scott Eastwood is the son of Clint Eastwood, making him a nepo babyGetty

Who are some famous Nepo Babies?

Here are some famous Nepo Babies, along with who their famous parents are:

Hailey Beiber – daughter of Stephen Baldwin, niece of Alec BaldwinLily-Rose Depp – daughter of Vanessa Paradis and Johnny DeppZosia Mamet – daughter of Lindsay Crouse and David MametRumer Willis – daughter of Demi Moore and Bruce WillisScott Eastwood – son of Clint EastwoodDan Levy – son of Eugune LevyBen Platt – son of Marc PlattMaya Hawke – daughter of Uma Thurman and Ethan HawkeLily Collins – daughter of Phil CollinsMaude Apatow – daughter of Judd Apatow and Leslie MannJohn David Washington – son of Denzel WashingtonO’Shea Jackson Jr – son of Ice CubeMargaret Qualley – daughter of Andie MacdowellZoey Deutch – daughter of Lea Thompson and Howard DeutchMiley Cyrus – daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus, goddaughter of Dolly PartonZoë Kravitz – daughter of Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet

It’s also important to note that many of these nepo babies have grandparents in the industry.

The clout of their family name often transcends through generations.

Furthermore, most nepo babies are dating or married to someone else whose parents were famous.

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