When Gigi Hadid first stepped onto the modeling scene, she was two years old. She was discovered by Paul Marciano of Guess and started modeling for Baby Guess before she left the industry to focus on school.
As the daughter of Dutch-born model and Real Housewives star Yolanda Hadid and real-estate developer Mhamed Hadid, modeling is practically a birthright.
Gigi attended school in Malibu and graduated from Malibu High School where she was captain of the varsity volleyball team and rode horseback. In an interview with Into the Gloss, Gigi describes herself as a “typical jut-graduated-high-school-in-Malibu type of girl,” saying that her school was just across from the famous Zuma beach, and that all the girls wore Lululemons and bathing suit tops around town without makeup or shoes.
Gigi’s high school experience couldn’t have been too laid back. During her time in high school, she resumed her modeling career, returning to sign with IMG Models in 2011. She continued working with Paul Marciano of Guess and was named the face of the brand’s entire campaign in 2012. As an adult, she has shot three campaigns with the company.
After high school, Gigi pursued modeling while attending The New School in New York where she studied Criminal Psychology. Despite Hadid’s celebrity pedigree, she is a down-to-earth woman who feels she gets uses her “girly-girl” side up at work, but prefers to wear a simple uniform of boyfriend jeans, a t-shirt, and heels.
Gigi Hadid is an athlete at heart. Not only did she participate in sports all through high school, she still keeps up an active workout regimen. She says that working out is fun for her and that she turns it into a game. Gigi’s trainer will tell her women’s records for different things at the gym, and Gigi has to beat at least one before she is allowed to go home.
Gigi is as high-profile as they come. She has over 21 million Instagram followers and her impressive list of partnerships and brands that she has represented includes Maybelline, Marc Jacobs, Chanel, Michael Kors, Jean Paul Gaultier, Max Mara, Versace, Miu Miu, Victoria’s Secret, Anna Sui, Balmain, Diane Von Furstenberg, Tommy Hilfiger, Stuart Weitzman, Topshop, Tom Ford, and Seafolly. Additionally, she has graced the covers of Schon!, Vogue Spain, Vogue Australia, Vogue Brazil, Vogue Netherlands, Vogue Britain, Vogue France, Vogue Germany, Vogue Italy, Vogue China, Teen Vogue, Elle Canada, and Harper’s Bazaar Malaysia. Hadid has also been featured in editorials for VMAN, Elle, Grazia, Cleo, Vogue, Sports Illustrated, Paper magazine, Vanity Fair, and V Magazine.
With a social life as high-profile as her professional life, Gigi Hadid has dated quite a few Hollywood A-listers including Joe Jonas. She is currently attached with former One Direction member Zayn Malik. The two have been together since November 2015 and were featured in a fashion spread for the May 2016 edition of US Vogue. She is frequently spotted and photographed spending time with her A-list friends such as Kendall Jenner and is a member of Taylor Swift’s infamous squad.