Gigi Hadid is one of the most recognizable faces in today’s fashion industry — and this gal is just getting started. Since making her runway debut walking for Desigual at the 2014 New York Fashion Week, the fresh-faced supermodel has made some serious strides in her relatively young career.
From GUESS campaigns, to the coveted Victoria’s Secret catwalk, to being named International Model of the Year at the 2016 Fashion Awards, Hadid knows what it takes to succeed in the notoriously cut-throat fashion industry. Perhaps Hadid’s international success can be attributed to those high-fashion modeling genes of hers — her mother, after all, was one of the 1980’s top models. Or perhaps she’s worked crazy hard to get where she is today — and doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon. Yeah, that sounds about right.
Here’s a look at the stunning transformation of one of world’s most beloved supermodels — from photogenic tot to one of Forbes’ highest-paid working models. We have a feeling this gal is one to watch.
She hasn’t always gone by Gigi
She might have one of the most recognizable names in the modeling world today, but that name we all recognize is actually relatively new.
Supermodel Gigi Hadid was born on April 23, 1995 to parents Mohamed and Yolanda Hadid under a different name than her current mega-famous moniker. Her given name is so far removed from the catchy, four-letter “Gigi,” that you probably wouldn’t be able to guess what it is if you tried. It’s not Genevieve, or Georgia, or Gianna, or any other name you might think would be the inspiration behind her cute nickname. Gigi Hadid’s real name is — drumroll, please — Jelena Noura Hadid.
That wasn’t on your list of guesses, was it?
So, how did “Gigi” become a thing? Well, she got it from her mama. “My mom was called that as a kid by her mother when she was younger, but only around the house,” Hadid told Vogue, recalling how an elementary school teacher once asked her mother what nickname she could call Jelena. “My mom was like, ‘I call her Gigi sometimes,” the supermodel said. “And the name stuck.”
She comes from a model family
It seems Gigi Hadid came by supermodel talents honestly. Her mother, Yolanda Hadid (of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills fame), was a supermodel herself back in the ’80s. And good genes aren’t the only things Hadid inherited from her model mom — it appears she acquired her mother’s work ethic, as well! In the ‘About Me’ section of Yolanda Hadid’s website, the former supermodel dishes how exactly she got her start in the industry — and what she did to make the most of it. “I was disciplined, focused, and motivated,” she writes. Nothing was going to stop me from being successful and succeeding in the industry in which I had landed.”
Yep, Gigi Hadid got it from her mama — and so did her little sister, supermodel Bella Hadid! You probably recognize Bella from her work on the runway (hello, Dior and Givenchy), Victoria’s Secret, and her super adorable (and highly-publicized) romance with “Can’t Feel My Face” singer, The Weeknd.
She appeared in French Vogue when she was 5 — by accident!
Some people just have that inexplicable “thing.” Gigi Hadid is one of those people who was just meant to be a star — and all the evidence you need is Hadid’s totally inadvertent first photoshoot within the pages of French Vogue.
In October 2017, the supermodel took to Twitter to ask her fans for help finding a very specific picture from her childhood. “SOS! Looking for that photo of me when I’m really young (5 maybe?) when I got caught in a French [Vogue] photoshoot … [anyone] have it?” Hadid pleaded (via Teen Vogue).
Fans to the rescue! A Hadid super-fan swiftly responded to Hadid’s call for help, photo included. The adorable picture features a high-fashion model serving some serious face on the streets of Paris with a pint-sized Hadid standing in the forefront of the picture, clutching an Eiffel Tower figurine and serving — well, a different kind of face.
As confused as little Hadid may have looked in the photo, it was clear — even then — that this gal was born to be in front of the camera.
Keeping ’em “Guessing”
Though the supermodel is still quite young, Gigi Hadid has a resumé that would make even the most seasoned models look like newbies. In fact, it’s quite possible that Hadid has modeled for some of your favorite brands. The blonde bombshell has walked the runway for celebrated designers Dolce & Gabbana, Moschino, Tom Ford, Michael Kors, Tommy Hilfiger, and Victoria’s Secret — just to name a few. But working with some of the biggest names in the industry ain’t no thang for this gal. After all, when your first real modeling gig is as a GUESS girl, everything else is smooth sailing from there.
According to Sports Illustrated, Hadid was discovered by GUESS co-founder Paul Marciano when she was just two-years-old. Her first GUESS campaign ran two years later in 1999, featuring a toddler Hadid looking too-cool-for-school in a denim jacket and bandana. Since her GUESS debut, Hadid has starred in twelve campaigns with the California-based denim company. And if Marciano has any say in the matter, she’ll likely star in many more.
“From day one I said, ‘She’s going to be a star,'” Marciano told The Hollywood Reporter. When you know, you know!
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