Jelena Noura "Gigi" Hadid (born April 23, 1995), better known as just Gigi Hadid, represents a new wave of Victoria's Secret models. She and Kendall Jenner lead a pack of new, polished models who bring a unique modern flair to the scene, backed by their millions of followers on social media.
|Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid dominated the high fashion scene in 2015-16.|
Along with Kendall Jenner, Gigi made her Victoria's Secret Fashion Show debut in 2015. She looks set for as many more appearances in the big show as she wants to be in over the next decade.
While many Victoria's Secret models take years to build a reputation, these new models took no time at all to get their names on everybody's lips. Let's see what we can find out about this promising new crop of supermodels, but focus on Gigi Hadid in particular.
|Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid out about in Beverly Hills.|
Gigi is from Los Angeles. Her mother was a model, and Gigi's sister also is a model. Gigi went to Malibu High School, then moved to New York City. She is of Dutch and Palestinian ancestry.
Gigi got her start in modelling as a baby, when Paul Marciano of Guess hired her to pose for Baby Guess at age 2.
After taking off many years for school, Gigi signed with IMG and did some more ads for Marciano and Guess.
Hadid debuted in the Spring 2014 New York Fashion Show, walking for Desigual.
Gigi's Fashion Show appearance led to a number of covers over the next few years, when she dominated the cover market of top fashion magazines along with her best friend Kendall Jenner:
- May Glamour Netherlands, Vogue Netherlands, Cosmopolitan Netherlands
- March Vogue Arabia, Vogue Arabia, Vogue China, Vogue UK, Vogue USA, Vanidades Chile
- November Absolutely, Absolutely, W, Vogue Paris, Absolutely
- October Harper's Bazaar USA, WSJ
- September Dazed
- August Vogue USA
- June Grazia UK
- May Vogue Germany
- April Gioia, Vogue Italy
- March Vogue Paris, Vogue Paris, Vogue China
- February CR Fashion Book, LOVE
- November ES Magazine, Absolutely, Absolutely, Vogue Italy, Absolutely, Vogue Netherlands, Elle Canada
- October Vanidades Chile
- September The Daily Front Row, The Daily Front Row, V Magazine, W
- August V Magazine
- July Vogue Brazil
- June Vogue Australia, Where Orange County
- May Grazia Netherlands
Gigi was in the 2014 and 2015 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues.
Gigi appeared in the Pirelli Calendar in 2015.
Hadid has branched out into acting. She was in Cody Simpson's music video "Surfboard." Gigi also was in Miguel's music video "Simplethings."
Gigi co-hosted the Daily Front Row's Fashion Media Awards in September, 2014.
Gigi is a Maybelline brand ambassador.
Gigi has been in relationships with Cody Simpson and Joe Jonas. Most recently, she was said to be dating One Direction star Zayn Malik.
Gigi is making a mark in Hollywood already. She has been on "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" beginning in 2012. Hadid has done a couple of short films, "Virgin Eyes" and "Those Wrecked by Success." Other music videos in which Gigi has appeared include Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood," Simpson's "Flower," and Calvin Harris' "How Deep Is Your Love."
Gigi doesn't only date Zayn Malik, she has him as a screensaver on her phone.
Gigi is on Facebook and Twitter.
Gigi has been on "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," maintaining her close ties with the family.
While she is best friends with Kendall Jenner, she also is related to Kendall: her stepfather David Foster was married to a woman who was married to Bruce Jenner, who is Kendall's father. In fact, Brody Jenner is Gigi's half-brother.
Gigi is a Taurus.
Gigi is a good horseback rider and volleyball player.
Gigi is very well known for her many Seafolly campaigns.
Supermodels usually don't get into politics, and when they do, it's usually a bad idea. That's not because they are not entitled to their own opinions and views - because they most definitely are - but because models are not politicians and are trying to sell products to people of all political persuasions. Offending part of the audience you are trying to reach can be unproductive for the people hiring you. Gigi had an incident where she stepped across what many perceived to be a line that shouldn't have been crossed.
While doing an impression of Melania Trump, Gigi made what many interpreted to be a political commentary while co-hosting the 2016 American Music Awards on 20 November 2016. She affected an accent, pouted her lips, and said, "I love my husband, President Barack Obama, and our children, Sasha and Malia."
|It seems like such a harmless little bit of fun....|
Below is the video of the monologue (it may be pulled, apologies if it is).
This apparently was a reference to claims - admitted by the Trump campaign - that Melania inadvertently had plagiarized a speech once given by Michelle Obama. Obviously just doing something written for her by others, the bit caused a firestorm of controversy.
|Gigi hit a bump in the road with her Melania impersonation, but she soon sailed right over it.|
The crowd did not seem to respond much to the bit. Gigi wrote the note above as an apology. If there are any ruffled feathers over the performance, hopefully that clears everything up. As they say, all publicity is good as long as they spell your name right!
The Melania controversy turned out to be a very small bump in the road. The British Fashion Council named Gigi the International Model of the Year for 2016, a highly prestigious honor. Gigi also won "Model of the Year" at the inaugural Fashion Los Angeles Awards. She also was nominated for a Teen Choice Award in the "Choice Model" category. So, Gigi remains highly respected in the fashion industry.
Not everything else is perfect in Gigi Hadid's life, either. Oh, professionally, things are going about as well as they possibly could. However, Gigi has revealed that she has Hashimoto's thyroiditis, which is an autoimmune disease which can cause long-term problems.
|The provocative August 2017 Vogue cover and included photos.|
Gigi had a brush with another minor controversy in 2017, though it really had little to do with her. The August 2017 Vogue USA cover showed Gigi and her boyfriend, Zayn Malik, wearing matching clothes (it's not like Zayn was wearing a skirt or anything). Vogue included the tagline, "Gigi & Zayn shop each other's closets," and they had a story about the couple that dubbed their situation "gender fluidity." Now, Zayn and Gigi are a lot of things, but gender fluid is not one of them. Vogue had to issue an apology for mis-using very sensitive gender terms.
Gigi accomplished a very rare feat in March 2017, appearing on no less than four (4) Vogue covers: United States, Britain, China, and the inaugural Arabia edition. Many top models are lucky if they get four Vogue covers in their career, and Gigi pulled it off in a single month.
Gigi earned her Angel wings in the 2016 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, walking in the big show for the second consecutive year.
At last count, Gigi had over 5.6 million Twitter followers.
Gigi Hadid reportedly wanted to appear in the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show held in Shanghai, China. However, the Chinese denied her a visa to attend the ceremony. There apparent reasoning was that one of her Instagram videos allegedly mocked Asians.
|Gigi Hadid explains to her fans at the last minute that she cannot participate in the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show - but does not explain why.|
The since-deleted video showed Hadid laughing while squinting her eyes and holding a Buddha-shaped cookie. Gigi posted an apology on China's microblogging site Weibo, but apparently the Chinese thought she should have apologized on all of her social media platforms so that people outside of China would learn of the incident, too.