GiGi Hadid: “I love seeing my friends succeed and do well in this business and they have the same feeling towards me.”
Gigi Hadid is part of the new generation of supermodels whose careers are fuelled by their social media status. Her 40 million Instagram followers are a testimony to her immense popularity and her reputation as one of the least affected and most affable young women in the fashion industry. Her exotic, natural beauty has landed her at the top of the modeling world and she there’s every sign that she’s going to become one of the most successful models of all time. Destiny has played a major role in her rise to fame and in some sense she was groomed to be a superstar.
Growing up in privileged circumstances as the daughter of Dutch ex-model and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Yolanda Foster and multi-millionaire architect/real estate tycoon Mohamed Hadid, Gigi first made a splash at age 5 as a model for BabyGuess thanks to her mother’s connections. And following her mother’s divorce from Hadid, Gigi found herself with a new stepfather in David Foster after her mother married the legendary Canadian songwriter/music producer in 2011.
Those showbiz credentials, coupled with her family connections to the Jenner-Kardashian dynasty, have enabled her to soar to the top of the social media ladder with remarkable ease. Gigi Hadid is highly respectful of her fans, she’s dated a pop superstar in Zayn Malik, and she has appeared to be an affable, sensible young woman who is a role model for her adoring fans. Even though she grew up rich, tall, and beautiful, Gigi has never exhibited any trace of arrogant or petulant behaviour. At 23, she has the poise of someone who appreciates her good fortune and intends to lead an exemplary life.
“I hang out with people who are really happy and supportive and there’s none of that cattiness that was often the case with the previous generation of models,” Hadid says. “I want to enjoy my life, meet interesting people, and I love seeing my friends succeed and do well in this business and they have the same feeling towards me.”
Gigi has also stood up to the trolls and body shamers by maintaining her cool amid some of the negative comments that came with her transformation from that of the slight rounder, more athletic-shaped model who took the fashion world by storm to a more traditional slender-framed type. It wasn’t industry pressure that led to the new look, rather it was her shock discovery that she suffered from Hashimoto’s disease, a thyroid condition that causes water retention and inflammation. Her doctors put her on a new diet and exercise regime and Hadid now feels “healthier internally” while “still learning and growing with my body every day, as everyone is.”