Kim Basinger signed a contract this week with modeling agency IMG, which currently counts her daughter Ireland Baldwin among its talent.

Kim Basinger Signs Modeling Contract

Basinger, 60, was picked up by IMG Models for her undeniable star quality. “Kim has a powerful appeal on screen that will lend itself as a strong asset for us to seek innovative partnerships across the modeling and entertainment platform for Kim," Ivan Bart, senior VP and managing director of IMG Models, told Variety.

The 17-year-old daughter of Basinger and Alec Baldwin signed her modeling deal back in March. Getting into the competitive industry was largely her mom’s idea. “She thought it would be good for my confidence," she explains to Elle "because I never thought of myself as a pretty girl." Adding praise for her mother’s enduring good looks, Ireland continued, “She looks like she's my age. Her body, I swear, it's scary."


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Alec Baldwin Supports Ireland's Career, Calls Kim 'Beautiful'

Ireland’s dad is also supportive of her budding career in fashion and entertainment, believing that she’s got a head on her shoulders that will see her through the more difficult aspects of fame. “The good news is my daughter is someone who… somewhat understands,” Baldwin told Access Hollywood. “It’s hard at that age to have that wisdom that beauty comes and goes.”

“Her mother is obviously one of the most beautiful women that [has] ever lived — and even divorce doesn’t muddy my view of that. Kim is one of the most beautiful women that ever lived and even Ireland sees that, that fades or it’s not necessarily the coin of the realm for very long,” Baldwin continued, talking about his ex. “And, [Ireland] is funny. She’s smart, she’s clever… I think that’s what’s going to carry her through if she has a career in acting.”

Perhaps Basinger and her daughter will be booking joint gigs like fellow mother-daughter modeling duo Christie Brinkley and Sailor Brinkley Cook.

– Chelsea Regan

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