Whether you know her as the daughter of actor Stephen Baldwin (and niece of Alec) or the rising young model who was rumoured to have had a brief romance with Justin Bieber, prepare to see a lot more of Hailey Baldwin now that she’s garnered the #1 spot in Maxim’s annual Hot 100 list.
Interviewed by Maxim, she admits she’s not that concerned with what others think of her. “At the end of the day, I don’t need people’s approval,” says Baldwin, 20.
As her her growing fame and career in front of the camera, she sees it as akin to entering the family business. “I honestly always feel like it was a little bit inevitable for me,” she says. “I was always the entertainer in my family. Everyone said, ‘That’s the one you got to watch out for.'”
She also discusses her religious upbringing, which she now sees as providing a grounding influence that serves her well in the world of modelling. “I’m quite spiritual; I go to church,” she says. “Last night, I was at my pastor’s house with his wife and kids having family dinner and playing Bananagrams and board games.”
In addition to Bieber, other rumoured boyfriends have included L.A. Lakers star Jordan Clarkson and Toronto’s own Drake, and she tells Maxim that dating a celebrity is “definitely easier. You’re never worried, ‘Are they only hanging out with me because they want to get attention or be seen?’ It can be weird for somebody who’s never been in this world before to be sucked into it.”
As for her current relationship status, she only says (“smiling naughtily,” notes Maxim): “Dating is weird, but it’s so fun.”
You can read more in the June/July issue of Maxim, which goes on sale Tuesday, May 30. In the meantime, check out these sizzling pics from her Maxim photo shoot, taken by famed photographer Gilles Bensimon in Paris, France: