Ireland Baldwin was just 11 years old when she was caught up in a headline-grabbing incident in 2007 when her famous father branded her a "rude thoughtless little pig" in a leaked voicemail message.
The 30 Rock star subsequently admitted he contemplated suicide after the scandal, and now Ireland, 17, has spoken out to declare she wants her newly-launched modeling career to mark a fresh start.
In a posted on her blog, she writes, "I get hateful replies and threats regarding mistakes of my Dad's past. This isn't fair. I had nothing to do with anything that happened back then, so I don't fully understand why I am being targeted. More importantly, my Dad has moved on. He recognized that he needed to change, so he made changes. He is now healthy, happily married with a baby on the way. He moved on, so why can't you?...
"I am not seeking fame by association... I am proud to be my parent's daughter, but I don't want to forever be known as 'that rude thoughtless little pig' or 'Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger's kid.' I have passions and interests of my own that I want to soon give life to."
Ireland, whose mother is actress Kim Basinger, also reveals she has received a bombardment of criticism since stepping into the spotlight, and urges her critics not to be so malicious.
She adds, "I get those comments about how I am too fat to model, how I am not model material, how I am an unattractive girl... I don't look as glamorous as (model) Rosie Huntington-Whiteley... What is the good in commenting on a photo of a 17-year-old girl and calling her fat, ugly, etc?...
"Putting that out there is hateful and unhealthy. If you don't have a complimentary thing to say about someone, keep it to yourself."