Gigi Hadid is a familiar name, isn’t it? Beautiful and sensational Gigi is one of the most famous models right now. The 22-year-old has achieved so much at this age and it seems like a lot of success is yet to come. She was born on April 23, 1995 in Los Angeles and grew up in Santa Barbara. Basically, her real name is Jelena Noura Hadid. When Jelena was a kid, her mother, Yolanda called her “Gigi” and it stuck. The famous model is a mixture of Dutch and Palestinian descent, because her father is from Palestine and her mother came from the Netherlands. She is the eldest daughter of Mohamed Hadid and Yolanda Foster. Her parents are divorced but she has very good relationship with both of them. Her father is a real estate developer, while Yolanda is a former model and star of a reality TV show Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Talking more about this Malibu model’s family, she has two siblings who also happen to be models, Bella Hadid and Anwar Hadid.
Gigi’s name is on everybody’s lips right now. It seems like Kendall Jenner’s BFF and Zayn Malik’s girlfriend is living her life to its fullest. Let’s have a look at some of the times this Malibu beauty gave us more than we could handle.
14 Face Of Maybelline
Back in 2015, the Californian model had such a great new year. Just before New Year’s Day, Gigi was surprised with the extraordinary gift of being announced as the newest face of Maybelline. Her agent gave her a present to unwrap, inside the box was a finalized contract. After becoming the face of Maybelline, she expressed her emotions by saying “Being a Maybelline New York spokesperson means more to me than anyone can imagine, it does not seem real. It is the most incredible feeling and is a dream come true. I feel so honored and humbled to be a part of the iconic brand I grew up with and I am very excited by this opportunity.” Moreover, she revealed “In middle school, I was not allowed to wear makeup. I secretly bought Maybelline’s SuperStay 24HR concealer at CVS. I thought it was the coolest thing in a world.” The supermodel found it so cool that she still keeps a bottle of it in her bag.
She further said, “I pay attention to how every makeup artist does everything. You should try different things to see what you like the best.” Her first Maybelline ad was aired in October 2015. However, she kept posting on Instagram, sharing beauty adventures with her followers.
Victoria's Secret Runway Walk
In Dec 2015, this hottie officially became a part of the famous Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. To become the face of this well-known brand was not a piece of cake at all. Gigi tried more than once to get there. Her mother stated that she was rejected twice, which shows that Gigi understands failure and follows the rule of perseverance.
In an interview, Yolanda Foster said, “This did not just fall into her lap. She missed it twice. This was her third try and she pulled it off and got a spot that millions of beautiful, beautiful women deserve as much as she does. That’s part of the game.” No doubt she is a fighter! I can imagine Gigi’s happy face when she signed that contract with Victoria's Secret. Gigi, you got it girl!
13 Tommy Hilfiger’s Capsule Collection
2016 was such a lucky year for Gigi. In 2016, the catwalk queen walked for Tommy Hilfiger’s spring/summer 2016 collection. Later, she became famous as the ambassador of this well-known American brand.
Afterwards, Hilfiger confirmed their commitment to the model by inviting her to be the face of the new campaign “Gigi by Tommy Hilfiger.” Tommy Hilfiger said about Gigi: “I have known Gigi and her family for years, and it has been amazing to watch her grow into one of the world’s top models and most-followed fashion influencers.” He further said “Gigi has walked in our runway shows and now we are thrilled to continue our collaboration with her as a new face of Tommy Hilfiger women wear and fragrance. She is truly the definition of today’s Tommy Girl. She has a bright and magnetic personality and she is always optimistic.”
On the other hand, Gigi showed her excitement by saying “I never imagined that they would ask me to help design a capsule collection. His company is one that I genuinely love and have been a fan of for my entire life, and Tommy is the easiest, most fun to work with. I have always looked up to his brand and campaigns. I think our collection celebrates the iconic Tommy lifestyle and mixes a bit of everything: there are styles that are really hippie-chic, styles that are sporty street wear, and styles that are tomboy yet girly. Everyone is going to love a different part of it.”
Looks like Gigi has had a busy few years!
12 Her Insanely Toned Body
Gigi is not only sexy and intelligent but she is tough as well. The Malibu born beauty is a boxing bad-ass. When Gigi was a kid, she used to love horseback riding. In fact, she was a volleyball player in high school. As an adult, the supermodel has found her passion in boxing. Her workout sessions occur at the Gotham Gym. Gigi said, “When I walk in to the Gotham Gym, it’s like my brothers. They do not care about me as model or what my body looks like. They care that I give a good punch and that is how I want to be judged in my athletic space, because that’s what I find pride in.” No doubt, this is the secret behind her svelte figure. Her tough workout sessions have shaped her cleavage and abs perfectly.
If you don’t know then let me tell you that Gigi was a student of criminal psychology in New York. Model, former student of criminal psychology, and now a boxer, this girl seriously rocks!
11 Her Appearance As A Guess Model
Saying that Gigi is talented by birth would not be wrong, she did her very first modeling campaign when she was only 2 years old. She was first discovered by Paul Marciano of Guess. It was a campaign for Baby Guess, however, she skipped out on her modelling career for a while so she could focus on school. Gigi eventually returned to modelling in 2011 and resumed her working career with Marciano. In 2012, she became the face of a Guess campaign. As an adult, miss super-hot has done three campaigns with Guess. Since then, the supermodel is climbing to the top of the industry day by day. Today, she is considered as one of the top supermodels. Looks like hard work pays off!
10 Intimate Moments With Zayn
Undoubtedly, Gigi and Zayn make a cute couple together. They met when Gigi was still dating Joe Jonas and they have been inseparable since then. Gigi talked to ES Magazine and revealed that they have a great understanding. Also, she revealed what she finds the most attractive about her boyfriend:
“I would say his brain. For the first time, we are both in a relationship where we have similar interests apart from work, and I find it very important. We both love cooking so we cook a lot together and do art together. The best part is that we are best friends. We both feel like we can talk about anything and everything with each other and learn a lot from each other.”
To tell you more, almost every fan of both Gigi and Zayn desire to see them as a married couple because they two seem just so perfect for each other. We hope that the couple will soon plan an engagement.
9 Zayn Malik’s Pillowtalk
This is not for the first time that Hadid appeared in a boyfriend’s music video or in any music video. From 2014 to 2016, she had appeared in many music videos. The 22-year-old model is familiar with the camera (both as a model and on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills with her mum). It is also important to note that Hadid’s step-dad, David Foster is a successful music producer. She has also starred in two Cody Simpson videos and now she is with Malik. Chances are she will appear in Zayn’s next music video as well. What pops up in my mind is, will Zayn release even hotter song than “Pillowtalk?”
8 When She Got Featured In "Virgin Eyes"
Modeling is not the only profession where she has proved herself. Hottie Gigi has also appeared in a couple of movies. In 2015, she played a role in Sebastian Faena’s short Those Wrecked By Success, in which she played the role of a semi-silent film star. Before that, she was also in Virgin Eyes, playing Andrea.
Moreover, the famous model often makes appearance in a reality TV show. No matter how busy Gigi is, she always makes time for her mother. As mentioned earlier, Gigi is close to both of her parents, but being a former model, her mother always guides Gigi about her daughter’s modeling career. She might even sign more movie projects in the future, who knows? I bet if she does so, she will give her best shot!
7 Gigi’s Squad
When it comes to Hollywood, it is difficult to have long lasting, true friendships. However, the super-hot Gigi has a sexy best friend, Kendall Jenner. They love each other so much that they created their own hashtag on Instagram “#Kengi.” I swear #Kengi is truly #Friendshipgoals!
Do you know who else is in Gigi’s squad? Taylor Swift and Ireland Baldwin. In fact, Gigi appeared in Taylor Swift’s music video “Bad Blood.” Gigi and Taylor became friends back in 2014 when Taylor was photobombing Gigi and Karlie Kloss at an Oscars party. Since then, Gigi can be seen with Taylor every now and then. In fact, Gigi went on stage during Taylor’s 1989 Tour in 2015. Undoubtedly, Gigi has a very cool squad. We hope that their friendship stays the same.
6 Supermodel’s Worth
The American model and reality television star is undoubtedly one of the highest paid models in the world and her net worth as of March 2017 is $13 million. Although, she still has a long way to beat Kendall Jenner (net worth $30 million), achieving so much at such a young age is very impressive. Thanks to contracts with organizations like Evian, Maybelline, Tommy Hilfiger, Versace, and BMW, Gigi is rolling in the dough.
Jelena Noura Hadid is also famous for appearing on magazine covers including Vogue, Elle, and Sports Illustrated. There is no doubt that Gigi has a bright future ahead.
5 When She Became A Philanthropist
The supermodel has a slim figure as well as a kind soul. Gigi has used her modelling skills to become a worldwide sensation. But, she has also used her talent for even greater power: charity. Gigi is one of those celebrities who participated in supporting the BBC’s Children in Need’s newest T-shirt philanthropy project. Although, she did not appear in the actual campaign, she managed to show off the shirt in an adorable photo. The shirt was designed by Giles Deacon and presented a colorful version of Pudsey the bear. Other celebrities like Edie Campbell and Jourdan Dunn also took part in this good cause.
In 2016, Gigi co-designed a pair of Stuart Weitzman ankle booties. The model did not create the stylish footwear just because she is creative enough. She and the brand did so for a good cause. Each pair of the Gigi Boot costs $565, definitely not a cheap price but if you can afford it, you can rock in these boots and play a role in the charity project “Pencils of Promise.” Basically, this is an organization which focuses on promoting quality education to children who need help.
4 Her Never Ending Love for Dogs
A few months back, Gigi took ex-One Direction member Zayn Malik’s dog for a walk. She carried Zayn’s furry friend around Tompkins Square Park in New York. The face of Tommy Hilfiger looked ready for a workout session in her shiny black cropped yoga pants and a black sweatshirt.
As mentioned earlier, Gigi and Zayn have very similar interests, and they both are animal lovers, too. In fact, they got a puppy together which is a big step for any couple. Their fans are happy that they are taking their relationship to the next level. The couple is insanely in love with each other and has been dating happily for more than a year now. Do you remember the day (Dec 20, 2015) when the couple posted their first selfie together on social media? Announcing their love for each other to the whole world and now Zigi has come so far. Well, we are happy for them!
3 Her Road To Fame
Undoubtedly, Jelena is currently one of the most well-known models. The sexy-extrovert and supermodel has millions of followers on Instagram, she always kept her fans aware about what she is up to. Many girls want to be like Gigi and many boys want her. There is no second thought about the fact that she has worked her ass off to gain this place in her life. However, when success comes, criticism also arrives. Once some commenters made bad remarks about her runaway bikini photo to which Gigi replied, "Your mean comments don't make me want to change my body. They don't make me want to say no to the designers that ask me to be in their shows, and they definitely don't change the designer's opinions of me."
The confident girl handled this situation so well.
2 The Met Gala 2017
Remember the Met Gala 2017? Every celebrity wore something fantastic! Just like always, the fashionista Gigi Hadid did not disappoint her fans. The 22-year-old wore Tommy Hilfiger’s fabulous gown to the biggest fashion event of the year. Her dress displayed her leg in an asymmetrical champagne gown and her fans loved her off-shoulder-elegant attire. The Met Gala is truly a time for fashionistas to show off their most insane couture looks, and Gigi definitely took a risk.
Gigi attended the Met Gala the previous year with her handsome boyfriend, Zayn Malik. But this year, she preferred to come alone.
1 The Revealing Gigi
In 2013, after signing to IMG Models, she made her debut for Desigual’s show in New York Fashion Week in February 2014. In the same month, Gigi appeared on the cover of CR Fashion Book magazine. In July 2014, she starred alongside model and actor Patrick Schwarzenegger in fashion designer Tom Ford’s Eyewear autumn/winter collection campaign. Not only that, the supermodel also co-hosted the Daily Front Row’s Fashion Media Awards on Sep 5, 2014.
In the first month of 2015, she became the ambassador of Maybelline. In Feb 2015, Hadid appeared on the cover of CR Fashion Book magazine for a second time and became the first ever model who appeared twice. By the middle of 2015, she had walked for fashion houses including Chanel, Marc Jacobs, Jean Paul Gaultier, Michael Kors, and Max Mara. By December 2015, she became the face of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
In 2016, Hadid walked for Elie Saab, Versace, Marc Jacobs, Chanel, Balmain, Tommy Hilfiger, Isabel Marant, Fenty x Puma, MiuMiu, and Diane Von Furstenberg. In April 2016, she appeared in a campaign including a commercial for the BMW M2. In June 2016, Gigi hosted the 2016 iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards in Toronto.