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Ireland Basinger Baldwin an ‘inspirational model’

Ireland Basinger Baldwin desires to positively alter the modelling industry’s perception of curvy women as she is shocked by all the nasty messages she receives about her weight.

The stunning 6ft 2in teenager announced on Twitter recently she has signed a contract with agency IMG.

The future cover girl revealed she has received a number of shockingly rude messages from people.

Ireland’s goal is to encourage women to embrace their bodies.

"I want to be an inspirational model. I want people to look at me and say, 'Wow, she looks healthy’,” she told People magazine.

"I have received nasty e-mails, messages on Twitter and ridiculous comments not only about my size but my family. I understand that I am not a size .008. What I don't fully understand is, what is the good in commenting on a photo of a 17-year-old girl calling her fat, ugly, etc? I didn't expect it. It was really surprising to see how negative people can be towards someone they don’t even know."

Ireland’s father actor Alec Baldwin and his new wife Hilaria are currently expecting their first child together.

The model can’t wait to meet the baby.

"I have always wanted a sibling! I'm so excited to meet my sister. I want her to know that I'm here for her whenever she needs," Ireland gushed. "I love Hilaria. She saved my dad, getting him in amazing shape. And she brought him out of a bad place of being lonely."

Ireland’s mother is actress Kim Basinger.

Years ago the family relationship was tense following Alec and Kim’s divorce in 2002.

Alec left an infamous voicemail message calling his then 11-year-old daughter "a rude, thoughtless, little pig” after she missed a phone call date,

Ireland reveals her clan is happy and whole at this time.

"People make it out to be so dramatic. My dad and I are very tight-knit, despite what people may think. My parents always manage to work things out," Ireland said. “My parents can have each other over for Thanksgiving just to make me happy. The co-parenting is intact."

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