Nepo Baby is trending everywhere, but what does that mean?

Find out why Gen Z uses this term and what it actually means.

In Generation Zoomer fashion (yes, that’s the official name of the generation) we have another trendy term that was quickly shortened to slang: “Nepo Baby”.

The hashtag #nepobaby has already garnered over 38 million views on the most popular social media sites.

But what exactly is that Meaning of “nepo baby”? And why do so many of the younger generation care?

What does “nepo baby” mean?

If you hear someone use this term, they abbreviate the word “nepotism.” After all, “nepotism baby” has also been used online, but more recently it’s being coined as “nepo baby.”

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What does “nepotism” mean?

According to, nepotism is “the patronage or favoritism accorded on the basis of family relationships, as in business and politics,” citing as an example: “She was accused of nepotism when she made her nephew an officer of the company. “

So what is nepotism? The basic concept of nepotism is privilege gain.

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Just as there have been wealthy and powerful families throughout history who have used their privileges for the benefit of their descendants, the Hollywood scene is no different.

Many celebrity children make their mark in the industry and follow in their parents’ footsteps by modeling, singing and/or acting. The opportunities given to these children based on their parents’ favoritism are nepotism.

And younger Gen Z, who are fundamentally equality activists, are taking notice and calling “BS” their seemingly easy climb to success.

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Celebrity Nepo Babies

Shorten Gen Z-style nepotism baby and you have the more animus-like term of endearment “nepo baby”.

It’s no surprise that social media has taken to the term “Nepo baby” and expressed both obsession and disgust after learning that their favorite stars (young and old) are the children of Hollywood starlets.

  • Kate Hudson is the daughter of the Oscar winner Goldie Hawnand the renowned actor and musician Bill Hudson. As a bonus, her stepfather is none other than Kurt Russell.

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However, not all up-and-coming talent is receptive to being dubbed “Nepo baby” as it becomes popular on social media platforms.

Lily Rose Deppthe daughter of Johnny Depp and Vanessa paradiseShe tries to define her career on her own terms.

The 23-year-old model said in a recent ELLE article, “I just hear it a lot more about women and I don’t think it’s a coincidence.”

She continues, “It’s weird for me to reduce someone to the idea that they’re only there because it’s a generational thing.”

In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Willow Smith also commented on this term. “I don’t focus on how other people feel about me,” she replied. “If you love me, amazing. If you hate me, awesome. It’s none of my business…everyone can feel how they feel and I don’t mind.”

Those are some very poignant words from someone so young. It’s refreshing to hear a younger person be so confident and push the negativity aside, because this generation that’s so keen on creating equality is certainly also keen on labeling people.

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