Gigi Hadid is an American fashion model and one of the highest paid models in the world. She is also known for her appearance in Real Housewives of Beverly Hills since 2012.
Quick Facts about Gigi Hadid
Full Name: Jelena Noura “Gigi” Hadid
Birthday: 23rd April, 1995 (25 years old)
Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California
Zodiac Sign: Taurus
Height: 5′ 9¼” (176 cm)
Popular as: Model, TV personality
Who is Gigi Hadid?
Gigi Hadid is an American fashion model signed to IMG Models. Born in 1995, Hadid is the daughter of model and former Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Yolanda Hadid and real estate developer Mohamed Hadid.
Gigi Hadid’s modeling career started when she was a toddler but she took a break to focus on school. She returned to the field in 2011 and it’s only been onwards and upwards for her since then.
Hadid has walked for designers like Marc Jacobs, Chanel, Michael Kors, Jean Paul Gaultier and more. She has appeared on the cover of Vogue a total of 35 times, besides having graced covers of Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, and Glamour.
Early Life & Childhood
Jelena Noura Hadid was born and raised in Los Angeles. Her father, Mohamed Hadid, is a Palestinian-American while her mother Yolanda is a Dutch-born American. Gigi has two younger siblings, a sister, Bella, and a brother, Anwar, both of whom are models as well.
Before Yolanda, Mohamed was married to Mary Butler till 1992. He has two daughters – Alana Hadid and Marielle Hadid from his first marriage.
Marielle Hadid runs Hadid Eyewear while Alana Hadid is the co-founder of unisex clothing brand La Detresse.
Mohamed and Yolanda Hadid called it quits in 2000. In 2011, Yolanda married music producer David Foster and they were together for six years. So, in addition to two older, paternal half-sisters – Marielle and Alana – Gigi also has five stepsisters from her mom’s second marriage.
Hadid studied at Malibu High School, where she was captain of the varsity volleyball team as well as a competitive horseback rider. She even went to Junior Olympic volleyball qualifiers.
After her graduation, Hadid moved to NYC in the fall of 2013 to study criminal psychology. However, she had to drop her studies midway, for modeling gigs started coming in after she signed a contract with IMG Models.
Gigi Hadid’s modeling career began when she was just two-years-old, after she was discovered by Guess co-founder and family friend Paul Marciano. She started with Baby Guess and Guess Kids but stopped soon enough to “have a normal childhood and go to high school.”
Hadid returned to modeling in 2011 and resumed working with Marciano. The same year, she made her acting debut with a short movie called Virgin Eyes. In 2012, she was announced as the face of a Guess campaign. The following year, Hadid signed a professional contract with IMG Models.
The year 2014 was a turning point in Gigi Hadid’s career. In February, she made her New York Fashion Week debut walking in Desigual’s runway show. That same month, she got her big break as she landed the cover of CR Fashion Book magazine.
In July, she appeared alongside actor/model Patrick Schwarzenegger in Tom Ford’s Eyewear autumn/winter campaign and several fashion and fragrance campaigns followed.
In 2015, Maybelline named Hadid their brand ambassador. This was also the year she finally made it to the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show after two failed auditions. In her second appearance the next year, she officially earned her wings.
She became Tommy Hilfiger’s global brand ambassador in 2016 and started to walk for fashion designers like Versace, Chanel, Fendi, Elie Saab, Balmain and more.
There’s no stopping the young supermodel. Hadid continues to front high fashion campaigns and is a regular face on magazine covers.
Gigi Hadid’s TV and Film Appearances
Hadid’s first stint at acting was the short film Virgin Eyes. She made her debut on television with her mum Yolanda in The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. She had a recurring role in the series from 2012 – 2016.
After appearing on reality shows like Masterchef, Lip Sync Battle, Hadid also co-hosted 2016’s American Music Awards with Saturday Night Live alum Jay Pharaoh. Her latest cameo was in 2018’s Ocean’s 8.
In addition to these, Hadid has also featured in several music videos, starting with Taylor Swift‘s Bad Blood. She went on to appear in music videos with Calvin Harris, Cody Simpson and more. Her most popular appearance, however, was in beau Zayn Malik’s PillowTalk.
Awards & Achievements
In 2014, Gigi debuted in the Models Top 50 list. She was named Daily Front Row‘s Model of the Year in 2015.
Personal Life & Family
Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik
Former One Direction boy bander Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid started dating in 2015. The two met at a Victoria’s Secret party and it was Zayn who made the first move and asked Gigi out on a date.
Their relationship became official in 2016 when Gigi appeared in the steamy music video of Zayn’s single Pillow Talk. In 2018, the couple announced their split via Twitter. However, their break-up was short lived and they rekindled their romance three months later.
The pair went through another break-up in 2019. Us reported that Hadid had “tried hard to make it work,” but Malik had “a lot of his own issues that she couldn’t help him get through.”
One year later, Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid were spotted together again. In April 2020, it was reported that the couple were expecting their first child together and in September, they welcomed a baby girl.
Gigi Hadid’s first major relationship in the spotlight was with Cody Simpson. The model and the Australian singer started dating in 2013 but broke up the next year. In 2015, they got back together only to break up again. Cody told DuJour that constantly being in the public eye had something to do with their split.
Two weeks after Gigi and Joe broke up, rumours of her and Zayn Malik’s romance became rife. Joe told Mirror in 2016 that he was quite surprised “she moved on so quickly”.
Besides these gentlemen, Hadid was also linked to Lewis Hamilton and Bachelorette star Tyler Cameron in the past.
Gigi Hadid Net worth
Gigi Hadid’s net worth is a massive $29 million.
She came in at No. 5 on Forbes‘ list of the Highest Paid Models in 2017, with the magazine estimating that she earned an estimated $9.5 million that year. By the summer of 2019, Gigi Hadid’s net worth was $19 million.
Thanks to contracts with high-end companies like Maybelline, Versace, Tommy Hilfiger, Hadid makes around $9-10 million per year.
Gigi Hadid Facts
- At school, she was a competitive horseback rider and the varsity volleyball team captain.
- Gigi Hadid has one super tiny tattoo on the inside of her middle finger. She and her BFFs Kendall Jenner, Hailey Bieber and Cara Delevingne got matching tattoos done.
- Gigi loves to cook and her personal motto is “eat clean to stay fit, have a burger to stay sane”.
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