In a candid and heartfelt interview, actress and model Brooke Shields has revealed the challenging battle she has faced in dealing with her daughter Grier's blossoming modeling career.
Shields, a veteran in the industry, has had a successful career herself, but it seems the road to acceptance for daughter Grier has been anything but easy. The proud mother opened up about the internal conflict she experienced, torn between wanting to protect her daughter and letting her follow her dreams.
Shields described the struggle as “brutal,” acknowledging the immense pressure and scrutiny that comes with the modeling world. Despite the challenges, Shields expressed her unwavering support for Grier, emphasizing the importance of guiding her through the highs and lows of the industry while ensuring her well-being remains a priority.
Brooke Shields shared her honest opinion about her reaction to her 17-year-old daughter Grier’s interest in modeling.
Shields said during an appearance on Live With Kelly and Mark on June 1, “The rules have changed since I was [a model]. I fought it for so long. It’s such a different industry now than it was,”
“That’s brutal and backstage is just brutal, I finally had to give in and say if you’re gonna do this I’m not gonna be your manager. You’re going to be with an agency. You’re going to have a great work ethic. It’s not going to be comfortable and you’re gonna listen to me.” she added.
“My mom was my manager and we were glued at the hip, which probably was how I could survive because you couldn’t get to me. She was such a mama bear and so protective. On the one hand, I was very naive and on the other, I was just thrown into this crazy world.” she recalls.
Shields began her career as a model when she was just 11 months old in 1966. Shields has previously collaborated with Grier on a campaign for Victoria’s Secret.
Shields also shared her difficult relationship with her mother during her Hulu documentary, Pretty Baby released in April “I felt such a responsibility to keep her alive,” she told the cameras. “My life depended on it, so I thought. You know, you just keep the peace.”
“You never know what to expect from an alcoholic. It wasn’t abusive, but it was emotionally abusive because I felt sort of abandoned every time she wasn’t herself,” she added