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Gigi Hadid

Details

  • Eye Color
  • Hair ColorBlondes
  • Birthdate04/23/95
  • HometownLos Angeles, California

About Gigi Hadid

Stunning model Gigi Hadid was born Jelena Noura Hadid on April 23, 1995 in Los Angeles to father Mohamed Hadid, a Palestinian real estate developer, and Yolanda Foster, a Dutch model. Her parents divorced in 2000, and her mother later married music producer David Foster and stars on Bravo’s Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, which Gigi has also appeared on.

Gigi was discovered at age two by Paul Marciano of Guess. She did ads for Guess Baby and Guess Kids, but later stopped to focus on school, competitive horseback riding, and volleyball. Gigi even competed in the Junior Olympic qualifiers for volleyball. She went to Malibu High School, and mom Yolanda wouldn’t let Gigi return to modeling until she was 17.

“I was fighting her, saying, ‘I want to work!’ and she kept saying, ‘Just have a normal childhood!’” Gigi told StyleCaster.com. “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.”

At 17 Gigi signed with IMG, and her modeling career immediately took off. Ivan Bart, managing director of IMG Models, told The Daily Front Row that Gigi “walks into a crowded room and you can feel her presence. Everyone is like, ‘Who is that?’”

She returned to Guess, doing several campaigns, and walked the runway at New York Fashion week for Desigual and Jeremy Scott. Gigi has also done modeling for Seafolly’s swimwear line, Victoria’s Secret Pink, and Tom Ford’s eyewear.

In 2014 she landed a spot as a rookie in Sports Illustrated’s Swimwear Edition, and returned for the 2015 edition. She hosted Daily Front Row’s Fashion Media awards in 2014 and made the cover of CR Fashion Book. Gigi also has appeared in two music videos—Cody Simpson’s "Surfboard” and Miguel’s “Simplethings.”

Vogue named Gigi one of Hollywood’s New Brat Pack (with Justin Bieber, Kendall Jenner, and Ansel Elgort). In 2015 she won the Model of The Year award at the first annual Fashion Los Angeles Awards, and she was named the newest face of Maybelline New York.

She has had an on-and-off relationship with Australian singer Cody Simpson. She lives in New York and attends the New School, studying abnormal psychology.

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