Jessica Alba is giving questionable advice. Speaking with CNN, in an interview found below, Alba opines that Beyonce and Jay-Z should sell the first photos of their baby girl, Blue Ivy Carter, in order to quell paparazzi intrusion.
Alba, who is mom to daughters Honor and Haven, told CNN she thinks Beyonce and Jay-Z should take control of the public’s thirst for the first glimpse of baby Blue and sell the photos.
The 30-year-old actress and husband Cash Warren made the decision to sell the first photos of Honor to OK! magazine for a reported $1.5 million.
“For our family, we just wanted to control the experience. We put the money that the picture made into a bank account for Honor to do whatever she wants to do with,” she explained. “It’s her picture, it’s her birth, and we didn’t want it to be like a weird thing when we were walking out of the house with her for the first time.”
Alba believes that selling the first photos will stop the paparazzi from going to dangerous lengths to nab the first look at a celebrity’s offspring.
“If there’s a price tag on your child, which is so bizarre, people will go to crazy lengths. We wanted to avoid the hysteria,” she said, adding that they had a great experience with OK! magazine using a photographer they were friends with.
“To each his own… The biggest thing is having a healthy baby. I’m sure Beyonce will make the best decision for her family.” - via The Huffington Post.
To some extent, Alba has a point.
If parents want to donate the money, or similar, it can work out pretty well for their PR. Also, the admittedly-high bounty on the grainy first candids is lessened with the release of a glossy People/ Us Weekly/ Life & Style cover.
Except, you know, the paparazzi doesn’t always work like that.
If not the first photo(s) ever, they’ll settle for the first SOMETHING ever. People want to see the baby clothes, the stroller, the car seat, whatever. There’s still demand for that.
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes/ Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon waited for months before setting up their baby exclusives (with Vanity Fair and a custom website, respectively). Conversely, Kate Hudson and fiance Matthew Bellamy released their baby boy’s first photo on Twitter with the very explicit wish for the British press to leave them alone (the family was in England at the time). However, realising he’d only fanned the flames, Bellamy soon lashed out: “Wow, these paps are annoying. Thought we’d tweet pic in hope of paps backing off, didn’t work!… There should be laws protecting minors… Daily mail: expect to hear from lawyers soon ;)”