Los Angeles, California native Gigi Hadid is one of today’s reigning models-turned-“social media queens” where she boasts over 5.6 million Instagram followers. Perhaps most significantly, Steven Meisel photographed Hadid for the September issue of W magazine (her first mainstream American magazine cover), as well as the 2015 Pirelli Calendar.
Hadid received her big break courtesy of a Bruce Weber-lensed cover image for former Vogue Paris editor-in-chief Carine Roitfeld’s eponymous magazine, CR Fashion Book, and a Tom Ford advertising campaign; She currently stars in promotions for Max Mara, as well as Balmain alongside her younger sister, Bella Hadid. The eldest Hadid sister also made a cameo appearance in Taylor Swift’s popular “Bad Blood” music video.
Within her first year of modeling as a young adult, Hadid had the great fortune of sitting for such luminaries as Mario Sorrenti, Craig McDean, and Ellen Von Unwerth. During the recent prêt-à-porter collections seasons, Hadid appeared on the runways of Marc Jacobs, Dolce and Gabbana, Giles, Sonia Rykiel, and Chanel, among others. She also covered three international editions of Vogue.
Vogue magazine captured Hadid for the relaunch of its website (in an homage to Anna Wintour’s first cover for the publication) which sparked significant media attention. Gilles Bensimon photographed Hadid for the cover of the Daily Front Row print edition, and Sebastian Faena captured her for a special Icons feature in the September issue of Harper’s Bazaar alongside industry veterans Lauren Hutton, Stephanie Seymour, Joan Smalls, and Lady Gaga. Faena also photographed Hadid for a boudoir-inspired portfolio in Vanity Fair.
An accomplished volleyball player and equestrian, Hadid was discovered by Guess co-founder, Paul Marciano, at age ten. She appeared in several advertising campaigns for the denim conglomerate, including Baby Guess and Guess Kids, and eventually became the face of Guess Jeans’ signature label in 2012.
Hadid is an international hybrid of California-cool, paired with exotic blue-green eyes and cherubic features, a reflection of her Palestinian parentage. She is the daughter of Dutch model Yolanda Foster (Real Housewives of Beverly Hills), and the stepdaughter of Grammy Award-winning Canadian musician and record producer David Foster.
In addition to her active social media presence, Hadid edits the popular blog, SevenAngels, and recently
completed her first year of undergraduate studies in forensic psychology.
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