American model Gigi Hadid has managed to become one of the most celebrated fashion figures in the industry, as well as doubling up as a talented television personality. Being named International Model of the Year by the British Fashion Council in 2016, it's clear that Gigi's career isn't slowing down anytime soon. Starting out as a model at the young age of 2, Gigi has gone on to work for the likes of Marc Jacobs, Chanel, Jean Paul Gaultier, Victoria's Secret and more. She is also signed by the renowned IMG Models.
Gigi Hadid, named Jelena Noura as a baby, was born and raised in Los Angeles. Her mother Yolanda Hadid, who was once a model, is Dutch but was born in America. Her dad Mohamed Hadid grew up in Palestine but has American citizenship, and is a real estate developer. Gigi descends from the Prince of Nazareth, Daher Al Omer.
Gigi has a younger sister, Bella Hadid, who is also a model. Bella is an equestrian, with her athletic talent seeing her put herself forward for the 2016 Olympic games only to be forced to pull out due to Lyme disease. Gigi also has a brother called Anwar and half-sisters called Marielle and Alana from her father’s side. Gigi’s parents divorced when she was young, denying her the privilege of growing up close to both of her parents. Her mother went on to marry David Foster, a renowned producer, and have five children with him.
After enrollment in Malibu High school, Gigi joined the volleyball team and became the captain. She also had an interest in horse riding competitions. She was determined to pursue her athletics career to Olympics level, even attending the Junior Olympic qualifiers under her volleyball club. However, she ended up in the modeling field.
Gigi graduated from high school in 2013. In fall 2013, she enrolled in The New School in New York where she concentrated on her studies and started up her dream career of modeling. She began studying Criminal Psychology which she hopes to graduate in when she is 23-years old.
When Gigi was just two, fashion designer and businessman Paul Marciano discovered her passion for modeling, marking the start of her career. Doing some minor modelling jobs as a child, Gigi was forced to drop it and concentrate on her academics. In 2011 she started modeling again after being signed to IMG Models. Her former boss Marciano began working with her, where she became the main face of the Guess campaign.
In February 2014, she hit the runway at the Desigual show during the New York Fashion Week. She also did a campaign for Tom Ford’s eyewear the same year in July, starring alongside Patrick Schwarzenegger. She was recognized by the Daily Front Row and was awarded Model of The Year in January 2015, as well appearing in The Pirelli calendar and becoming brand ambassador for Maybelline. She has worked with various famous designers ranging from Michael Kors, Max Mara, Jean Paul Gautier and Marc Jacobs.
Her career in modeling has seen her get multiple opportunities, walking for the likes of Versace, Diane Von Furstenberg, Miu Miu, Elie Saab and more in 2016. She also walked at the fun faux fashion show at the Zoolander 2 premiere. Gigi has also became the face of Tom Ford fragrance and beauty products and has done collaborations with designer Tommy Hilfiger – her co-designed collaboration with Tommy Hilfiger named ‘Gigi by Tommy Hilfiger’ was also released in 2016. In May of the same year, she became the new face of international casual wear brand Penshoppe originating in the Philippines. Gigi has featured on several worldwide magazine covers including Vogue in the U.S., Germany, Italy, France and more, as well as W Magazine, Numero, VMAN, Cleo, Grazia, CR Fashion Book (of Carine Roitfeld) and Galore. She made history being the first model to make a second appearance in the CR Fashion Book.
Through her modeling life, she has won numerous awards. The First Annual Fashion Los Angeles Awards saw her win Model of the Year in 2015. Teen Choice Awards also nominated her for the reader’s choice Model of The Year under the women’s category and Female Hottie. She also emerged top in the Social Media Star category at the Fashion Industry Awards, as well as being titled International Model of the Year at the British Fashion Awards 2016.
Film and TV:
Her film career began after she got the opportunity to do short film Virgin Eyes in 2011, taking up the role of Andrea. This was a peddling factor in her acting career, opening more doors in the film industry. She has also made appearances in various TV fashion shows. In 2012, she was featured in Victoria’s Street Fashion Show and has done so every year since. She also participated in the Daily Front Row, fashion media awards where she was a co-host. The event was held on September 5, 2014 in New York City. She also steered a campaign for BMW M2 which was meant to be interactive with its fans and customers. She hosted the 2016 iHeart Radio Music Awards held in Toronto.
Throughout her career, she has done numerous films and shows. In 2012 she landed a role as herself in The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills where she has been a recurring cast member from the beginning. Another short film called Those Wrecked by Success was also a success. She was also featured in the Master Chef celebrity showdown in 2016. She has also done an episode on Lip Sync Battle.
Gigi starred in the music video for single ‘Simple Things’ by Miguel as the love interest in 2014, as well as appearing in ‘Surfboard’ by Cody Simpson, an Australian musician. In 2015 she featured in Taylor Swift’s video ‘Bad Blood’ as well as ‘How Deep Is Your Love’ by Calvin Harris. She starred in boyfriend Zayn’s ‘Pillow Talk’ video in January 2016 as well as co-direting DNCE’s video for ‘Cake by the Ocean’.
Gigi Hadid’s life is centered on the media, finding fame on reality TV show The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills alongside her mother Yolanda since 2012. Her modeling career has grown massively over recent years with her now being one of the world’s top models, with ‘models.com’ ranking her in the top 50. Her popularity boosted when she was among the 12 rookies who were named in the Sports Illustrated issue in 2014. Despite her fame, Gigi also has a good heart, with her giving donations to charities and those in need. She once raised over $20,000 to support a Lyme Disease Charity. She also supports many organizations including Pencils of Promise, an organization that funds projects related to education in many parts of the world. She is known for her friendly personality, hard work, and determination to achieve what she wants in life. She is a perfect example of a kind person who has tirelessly fought against Lyme disease by her numerous contribution and support to fight the illness.
Gigi dated Australian musician Cody Simpson from 2013 to early 2015. She was later seen being close with Joe Jonas, with paparazzi snapping them on numerous dates together and starting rumors that they were an item. Since November 2015, Hadid has been dating famous musician and former One Direction member Zayn Malik. US Vogue featured both of them in a special feature in May 2016.
Hadid and Kendall Jenner are known for being very close. They are not only best friends and modeling partners but also have a family history between them. David Foster, a music producer, married Hadid’s mother after the separation of their family. Foster was a former husband of Linda Thompson, a famous songwriter and queen of beauty who was formerly married to Bruce Jenner and had two kids called Brandon Jenner and Brody Jenner. This makes Gigi’s step-father, father of Kendall’s half-brothers.