Juline Garnier 2:11 p.m., January 14, 2023, modified at 2:12 p.m., January 14, 2023

Lily Rose Depp, Zoë Kravitz, Lily Collins, Suzanne Lindon… If their surname means something to you, don't worry, it's normal.

These are the "nepo babies" and they have their privileged access to the film industry.

And since the publication of an article in the "New York Magazine", they find themselves at the heart of the critics.

They all have three things in common: they're stars, they've been stars since birth, and they made the cover of the last

New York Magazine


These are "nepo babies", a real media phenomenon since the publication of Nate Jones' article.

This neologism, contraction of the English "nepotism babies" can be literally translated as "children of nepotism" and designates the children of stars who in turn have become the darlings of the red carpets, most thanks to their famous parents.

But for new generations of fans, the practice of the piston does not pass.


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Child stars headlining

The hashtag #NepoBabies has accumulated several million views on Twitter and TikTok for the past few weeks.

But why now?

Because these "nepo babies" are absolutely everywhere.

In 2021, Lily Rose Depp, daughter of Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis, played in four feature films in addition to her modeling career.

Lily Collins, daughter of Phil Collins, has starred in the series

Emily in Paris

for three seasons on Netflix.

In French cinema, two names are currently emerging: the essential Louis Garrel, child of two directors and starring in five films;

and Suzanne Lindon, daughter of actor Vincent Lindon, more discreet, with two films.


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An unfair controversy?

And in the face of this wave of criticism, child stars have a hard time defending themselves.

Lily Rose Depp, leader of "nepo babies" responded to her detractors in an interview with Elle US.

"People really have preconceived ideas about us and how we got here. I can say that no one is going to give me a role if it doesn't suit me," she said.

Lily Allen, also a child star, preferred to recall in a tweet that the "'daughters and sons of' you should care about are those who work in law firms, banks, in politics, in terms of real consequences and the opportunities they take away from people".

The nepo babies y'all should be worrying about are the ones working for legal firms,the ones working for banks,and the ones working in politics, If we're talking about real world consequences and robbing people of opportunity.

BUT that's none of my business.

— Lily A (@lilyallen) December 19, 2022

Because if the world of cinema and more broadly of culture is particularly targeted in the wave of "nepo babies", the family piston is present in all layers of society and in all professional circles.

News in the world of fashion is the perfect example: on Wednesday, the daughter of billionaire Bernard Arnault, Delphine Arnault, took the helm of Dior Couture, a LVMH company owned by her father.

Finally, it should be noted that the criticisms that affect "nepo babies" are mainly aimed at women, which may mean that this social phenomenon hides another: the resurgence of sexism when it comes to success.