Who is Gigi Hadid?
Gigi is a successful American model that has walked several big fashion brand name runways and actively starred in multi-million campaigns.
Los Angeles, California, USA
Her early life and career beginnings
Gigi was born Jelena Noura Hadid. Her father, Mohamed Hadid, is a Palestinian Jordanian real estate developer, and her mother, Yolanda Hadid, is a former Dutch model.
She has two older paternal half-sisters, Marielle and Alana. Coming from a family of models, it’s no surprise that her younger sister Bella and younger brother Anwar are both models. The family lived on a ranch in Santa Barbara but moved to Beverly Hills after ten years.
She graduated from Malibu High School in 2013 and moved to The New School in New York City to study criminal psychology. She put her studies on hold to concentrate on her modeling career.
Gigi began her modeling career at two when she modeled for Baby Guess. She stopped for a while to focus on her studies, resumed modeling in 2011 with Marciano, and was the face of a Guess campaign in 2012.
Her professional career life
She signed to IMG Models in 2013, an international modeling agency headquartered in New York City.
Gigi made her debut in New York Fashion Week, walking for Desigual in February 2014. Her career skyrocketed from there, with her on the cover of Carine Roitfeld’s CR Fashion Book and starring Patrick Schwarzenegger in Tom Ford’s Eyewear autumn/winter campaign.
She was featured on the cover of Galore magazine and starred in Tom Ford’s Velvet Orchard Fragrance all in 2014.
Her growth in the industry is remarkable, owing to the significant feats she achieved in a considerably short time, appearing on many respectable magazine covers, including Teen Vogue, Vogue, Allure, and the likes. She walked for luxury fashion names like Versace, Chanel, Fendi, Tommy Hilfiger, and several others in 2016.
Apart from walking for multi-million brands, her social media following is a force to reckon with, with 71.3 million followers on Instagram. Gigi’s fans describe her personality and fashion sense as relatable.
Gigi’s high rise in the modeling industry afforded her recognition, brand collaborations, and campaigns in many categories, including starring in Fendi and Moschino, Valentino and Versace campaigns. She has also appeared several times in the coveted Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
Her hard work was accorded several nominations and awards, including naming her the International Model of the Year by the British Fashion Council.
Gigi’s personal life
As a young, beautiful lady in the media eyes, Gigi’s dating life has received so much public attention. She dated Cory Simpson in 2013, and their relationship was dissolved amicably in 2015. She had a brief romance with Joe Jonas in the same year and moved on to Zayn Malik within the same period. Her relationship with Zayn Malik produced a daughter, although they have had an unstable connection. They quit and resolved their differences severally, but at the moment, they have broken up and are both committed to co-parenting their daughter.
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