If the modeling industry could clone Bella and Gigi Hadid, they’d probably do it in an instant—but they may not have to. It turns out the Hadid sisters have a younger cousin who lives in Holland (where their mother Yolanda is originally from), and she’s gorgeous, too. Joann van den Herik is the daughter of Yolanda Hadid’s brother. She turned 18 earlier this year, and in October, she signed a contract with 12+ UK, a plus-size modeling agency based in London.
In addition to joining her supermodel cousins in the modeling world, van den Herik is following in the footsteps of successful curvy models like Ashley Graham and Iskra Lawrence by using her Instagram to share messages of body positivity. She also has a YouTube channel, and she recently decided to speak English in her videos, since more of her followers speak English than Dutch.
Being comfortable in your own skin is something you have to learn, it’s really hard and it’s a journey but when you finally accept yourself, it’s totally worth it. I know it, because I’ve been there. I know what it’s like to look in the mirror and don’t like what you see. I know what it’s like to feel like you disappoint everyone or that you are just a failure. But you have to try and stop listening to this voice in your head. Please know that you’re worth so much more than you think, you’re so beautiful even when you don’t see it in the mirror. Mirrors are just glass, you’re more than that ❤️ #LoveYourself #YOUAREBEAUTIFUL
There’s a strong resemblance between van den Herik and her American cousins, especially Gigi. When Gigi, Bella, and Joann get together, they look like sisters.
Here’s Joann proudly modeling a piece from TommyxGigi, Gigi Hadid’s clothing line with Tommy Hilfiger:
With Gigi and Bella as mentors (and blood relatives), van den Herik has a lot going for her. She currently has around 32,600 Instagram followers, but no doubt that number will be in the millions soon. To watch her imminent rise to stardom, follow her at @joannvdherik. This morning she posted a note on Instagram to express her gratitude for all the newfound attention. In it, she wrote to her new followers, “Welcome to my life.”
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Today I reached 30k!!! 30.000 of you already, that’s insane. It’s such a big deal for me, because knowing that you support me is just the best thing ever. I’m so thankful for all the sweet messages I get from you every single day, you guys make my life a little happier :). I know you all say that I inspire you and that I make you feel confident about yourself, but you all do the same for me. I used to be sooo insecure about myself, that it made me depressed and lonely. It really made me go crazy, because I was so OBSESSED with appearances and comparing myself to everyone. I felt so unworthy. But partly because of you, I feel good enough again. Making you guys feel confident and good about yourself, makes me confident and feel good about myself. I love that I can tell my story to others and inspire them to love themselves. I wish I’d had a stranger telling me that when I was younger. It’s so important to support each other and lift other people up and that’s literally the only thing I want to do through my instagram. I want people to love themselves and to accept themselves, and to love and accept other people. Everyone may be different from each other, but everyone is worthy of being treated with love and respect, that means treating yourself with love and respect too ❤️ Thank you so so so much for 30k, and because I want to show it to you, you can get 15% off on @yourfashionstorynl with my code "Joann15". I LOVE YOU GUYS!! #30k #LOVEYOURSELF #EMBRACEYOURSELF PS the second photo was my reaction when I found out I reached 30k 😂😂
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