Born Jelena Houra Hadid, but known to fans simply as Gigi, she’s a California born-and-bred model and TV personality. In 2014, she was named one of 12 rookies in Sports Illustrated. She’s also appeared on the reality series “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.”
Her father is Mohamed Hadid, a Palestinian real estate developer; her mother is Yolanda Foster, who is of Dutch descent, a model, fashion designer and TV personality.
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It wasn’t long before Gigi Hadid was discovered – at the age of 2 in fact – by Paul Marciano of Guess. “I went to preschool with the daughter of Paul Marciano. Our parents became really good friends and he is the one who discovered me. I started shooting Guess Baby and Guess Kids.” Fast forward and by 2012 she was the face of the Guess campaign.
In 2012, Gigi Hadid graduated from Malibu High School in Malibu, California. While in school, she was a competitive horseback rider and also played on the varsity volleyball team. She later attended the New School in New York City. Her measurements are 34B-25-35.
As a model, she has walked the catwalk for Tom Ford Beauty and Guess, among other brands. As for walking the runway, she said, “I absolutely love it. It’s really fun for me...I think it’s good that I don’t take it that seriously. I feel like when I have more fun with it, it shows as confidence. I try to make sure I’m having the most fun of all the models.”
As for her mother’s advice to her about getting into the fashion business, she said, “First of all, she didn’t let me sign with an agency till I was 17, so I didn’t sign with IMG till then. [Before that] I was fighting her saying, ‘I want to work!’ and she kept saying, ‘Just have a normal childhood!’ Now I really appreciate that so much. I miss my volleyball team and my horses, and I am just so glad I was able to have those experiences and go to high school.”
Gigi Hadid is now a Victoria’s Secret model. As for who she looks up to, she said, “Candice Swanepoel. I love her street style, she is always in cool boyfriend jeans, and an awesome coat, which is very much what I like to wear.” As for her friendship with Kendall Jenner, she said, “A girls night with Kendall involves a lot of dance parties. We dance a lot and it involves a lot of sushi.”
Gigi Hadid unsurpringly boasts nearly 200K fans on Twitter and 1.5 million on Instagram. She is currently single and resides in Malibu, California.