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Ireland Baldwin is an up and coming model who is starting to make the world take notice. Still she insists that she was never a fan of fame.

“I would look at

[my parents fame] and go, ‘Jesus, how miserable is that?'” the 17-year-old only daughter of exes Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger says in the new issue of Elle.

Ireland started modeling at the suggestion of her mother.

“She thought it would be good for my confidence because I never thought of myself as a pretty girl,” Baldwin admits.

Baldwin reveals that she had struggles with body image.

“Just not having balance of any kind. Eating too much when I was too upset about something, [then] ‘I’m not going to eat ever because I’m so mad about how my body looks.'”

But she has nothing to worry about with Kim Basinger’s  genetics.  She says her mom still looks great. “She looks like she’s my age,” Baldwin says of the nearly 60-year-old. “Her body, I swear, it’s scary.”

At 6-foot-2 (and 145 pounds with a 27-inch waist, as the magazine informs us), Ireland is kind of gangly and awkward, and she still getting the hang of runway walking.

“I imagine how hard it might be to walk down the runway. Me in heels is, like, deforesting the forest, knocking trees completely timber!”

Ireland talks about everything from how she tried smoking pot and hated it to how her surfer boyfriend, Slater Trout, doesn’t pressure her to have sex. As for said boyfriend, she tells the mag that her famous father, whom she spent a lot of time with this summer, is maybe in denial about her love life.

“I’m sure he’s got a little papa-bear mentality: ‘They’re not kissing. I don’t know who that is. That’s not my daughter,'” she says.

Ireland seems to have a good head on her shoulders and wants to stay humble and down to earth.

“Even when I get to the point where I am acting and performing, where I want to be with my career, I’m never going to think of anyone as lower than me,” she notes. “Everyone’s the celebrity of their own life, you know?”

As for fame she says she has already figured some things out.

“After getting a dose of it myself, I learned it may be the photo of the day — of the next three days — but it goes away. There’s always something new that’s going to come up and happen, and you’re history. In the end — this is going to sound dark — in the end you’re going to die, and all those photos never mattered.”