Biography of Gigi Hadid

Who is Gigi Hadid?

Standing at a height of 5 feet-10 inches – and boasts nearly 50 million followers on Instagram; Los Angeles-born Gigi Hadid (real name Jelena Noura Hadid) started modeling when she was two. Born in 1995, Hadid is the daughter of model Yolanda Hadid, a former true housewives of Beverly Hills star. She focused on competitive horseback riding and playing volleyball at Malibu High School before returning her attention to the model at age 17. Hadid went on to work with brands ranging from Tom Ford and Versace to Reebok and Victoria’s secret. She continued her success with nonstop appearances on the covers of international fashion magazines and on the runways at all major fashion weeks. 


Hadid has two younger siblings, a sister named Bella, and a brother, Anwar. Like their big sister, both are also role models.

The Hadid sisters both walked the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, starred together in both Fendi and Moschino Spring / Summer 2017 campaigns and, in 2017, became the first siblings to be included in both Forbes World’s Highest Paid Models. list.

Gigi credited Bella, who dated singer The Weeknd, as a source of her strength. She is so understanding of the demands of this job, and it’s really great that I can talk to her about it; she said. Because many times I feel suffocated by my work ethic and the expectations I set myself. It’s really cool when you have people saying; It’s okay to take time for yourself.

In addition to two older paternal half-sisters (Marielle and Alana), Hadid also had five half-sisters during her mother’s marriage to music producer David Foster, including Erin and Sara Foster, the stars of VH1’s Barely Famous .

Net assets

Forbes estimated that Hadid earned $ 9.5 million in 2017, placing her at number 5 on the list of highest paid models. By summer 2019, she had an estimated net worth of $ 19 million.

Relationship with Zayn Malik

After a break up with Joe Jonas weeks earlier, Hadid was first reported dating ex-One Direction boyfriend Zayn Malik in November 2015. Malik then recounted their November reunion at a secret Victoria party in New York City, saying he was the one who approached the model and asked her to hang out at The Bowery Hotel’s Gemma restaurant for their first date. he’d also called her “a very smart woman”, “classy”, “self-confident” and “beautiful” in interviews.

After starring together in Malik’s vibrant “Pillowtalk” music video in February 2016, the couple reunited for their first joint duo photo shoot for Vogue in April. Hadid photographed her boyfriend for the Spring 2017 Versus Versace campaign and they appeared in another couple photoshoot for Voga ‘s Cover story in August 2017.

The couple, who had attended several high-profile events together, including the Met Gala and London Fashion Week, confirmed news of their breakup via Twitter on March 13, 2018. Hadid, who also dated singer Cody Simpson, tweeted: “Breakup statements often seem impersonal because there’s really no way to put into words what two people experience together in a matter of a few years … not just in the relationship, but in life in general. I’m always grateful. for the love, time, and life lessons that Z and I have shared. “

Life and training

Hadid was born in Los Angeles on April 23, 1995 and raised in nearby Santa Barbara, where horse riding became her first passion. The model was in her blood, however, as her mother, former Beverly Hills Real Housewives star Yolanda Hadid was herself a renowned Dutch model. (Her her father is Palestinian-American real estate developer Mohamed Hadid.) She said her modeling career began when she was “two years old” after being discovered by co-founder and family friend Paul Marciano by Guess.

After impressive poses for Baby Guess, Guess Kids, and finally Guess, Hadid took a break from modeling in favor of the competitive riding bike and club volleyball game. Wanting to “have a normal childhood and go to high school”, she became the captain of the varsity volleyball team at Malibu High School (where she graduated in 2013) and she also participated in the Junior Olympic qualifiers for volleyball.

After graduation, she moved to the East Coast in the fall of 2013 to study criminal psychology at the New School in New York City. But having signed her first professional contract with IMG Models the same year, her modeling gigs interfered with her class schedule and she eventually suspended her studies of hers.

Highlights of the modeling career

Hadid made her New York Fashion Week debut walking at the Desigual show in February 2014, but she credits French editor Carine Roitfeld with her big break when she put it on the cover of her Spring 2014 CR Fashion Book.

In July 2014, she appeared alongside Patrick Schwarzenegger in Tom Ford’s fall / winter campaign for eyewear, before starring in various other fashion and perfume campaigns for the designer later in the same year. In January 2015, Maybelline had also appointed her as a brand ambassador.

Her first runway appearance for Victoria’s Secret ‘famous December 2015 fashion show came in the wake of two failed auditions for being an angel. Hadid previously told Voga that after the first rejection, she felt too nervous and hadn’t gained enough self-confidence to be successful. She officially earned her Victoria Secret Wings as she made her second appearance on the show the following year.

In 2016 she became Tommy Hilfiger’s global brand ambassador and continued to collaborate with the designer on a capsule collection, which debuted at New York Fashion Week in the fall. In the same year, she began walking in fashion shows for designers, including: Versace, Chanel, Elie Saab, Fendi, Marc Jacobs, Anna Sui, Miu Miu, Balmain and Diane Von Furstenberg.

Hadid went on to debut a boot collection with Stuart Weitzman and also became a Reebok brand ambassador. He won the British Fashion Awards ‘International Model of the Year honor and was named Front Row Daily ‘ s Model of the Year.

Television and film appearances

Hadid’s first acting experience came when she appeared in a 2012 American Film Institute Conservatory thesis project, a short film titled Virgin Eyes.

Her next role in a “short film” came in 2014 when she appeared as Slay-Z in friend Taylor Swift’s music video “Bad Blood”. In addition to appearing in music videos with Miguel, Calvin Harris, Cody Simpson, Joe Jonas and Zayn Malik, she also directed DNCE’s 2015 “Cake by the Ocean” clip.

Hadid first appeared on the reality show with her mother Yolanda in Bravo ‘s The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills between 2012 and 2016. Following her cameo housewives , she expanded her reality show resume, appearing on Masterchef , Lip Sync Battle , and guest to judge RuPaul’ s Drag Race . She was also co-host in November 2016’s American Music Awards with Saturday Night Live she alums Jay Pharaoh and later appeared as herself in the 2018 ensemble robbery comedy Oceano’s 8 .

Health problems

While addressing social media trolls who were shaming her for being too thin in February 2018, Hadid revealed that she suffers from Hashimoto’s disease, an autoimmune thyroid disorder. She tweeted: & # x201C; For those of you so determined to invent why my body has changed over the years, you may not know that when I started at 17, I still hadn’t been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease; those of you who have called me & # x2018; too big for the industry – they were seeing inflammation and water retention due to this. 

Adding that she’s since being properly medicated; and it was also part of a holistic medical study that helped my thyroid levels rebalance; Hadid said her body now breaks down food differently and she wouldn’t want to face the negative comments anymore, writing, ” I won’t explain further what my body looks like, just like anyone else, with a body type that doesn’t suit yours. beauty; expectation, it is not necessary.