10 Things You Didn’t Know About Gigi Hadid

With her striking beauty and collaboration with top fashion designers, Gigi Hadid is arguably one of the most famous models in the world. However, there’s much more to her than meets the eye. In this article, we’ll uncover some facts you may not know about this international glamour icon.

1. Gigi Hadid’s real name is not Gigi

Though the world knows her as Gigi, that’s not her actual birth name. She was born on April 23, 1995, as Jelena Noura Hadid. Gigi is a nickname given to her by her mother when she was young because her mother, Yolanda Hadid, also had a school friend called ‘Jelena’ and it got confusing with the same name.

It started as a household pet name, but it worked its way into her professional life when she started modelling. It’s definitely a moniker that has a catchy ring to it and lends itself to a glamorous model.

2. She started her career at a young age

Not many people might know this, but Hadid’s modelling career took off when she was just two years old. She was discovered by Paul Marciano of Guess. She started modelling for Baby Guess before eventually moving on to Guess Kids and later, the adult line.

Imagine entering the glamorous world of fashion modelling before even starting school! Her early start definitely gave her an edge over other models.

3. The Hadids are a family of models

Modelling, it seems, runs in the Hadid family. Gigi’s younger sister Bella and brother Anwar are also successful models. Bella, particularly, is known for her signature style and has walked in shows for several high-fashion designers. Anwar, too, has carved his own niche in the modelling industry.

The siblings often model together, and have been featured on the cover of British Vogue together, which proves that this all in the family.

4. She’s a skilled horseback rider

Gigi isn’t just about runways and fashion shoots, she has an athletic side too. She has been riding horses since she was a kid and is incredibly skilled at it. Once, she even had aspirations to ride in the Olympics.

Her passion for equestrian sports is so deep that she has often mentioned in interviews that if she wasn’t a model, she would want to be a professional equestrian.

5. Hadid has Hashimoto’s disease

This might come as a surprise to some, but Gigi suffers from Hashimoto’s disease, a condition in which the immune system attacks the thyroid. Despite this, she maintains her health and fitness levels admirably and even uses her diet to help manage the symptoms.

She has opened up about her condition several times, spreading awareness about the disease and lending support to others who suffer from it.

6. Hadid is a boxing enthusiast

One of Gigi’s secrets to staying fit and healthy, aside from eating well, is her love for boxing. She has often been spotted heading to the gym for a boxing workout, which strengthens and tones the core, arms, and legs while providing a cardiovascular workout.

Her dedication to boxing shows us the importance of fitness in her life, which might just be one of the secrets behind her dazzling appearance on the runway.

7. She is an avid photographer

Gigi Hadid has a talent for being in front of and behind the lens. She has a keen interest in photography and has shot several campaigns for Versus Versace, a brand for which she has also modelled.

Her photography skills give her a unique perspective as a model since she knows how to create stunning images from both sides of the camera.

8. She is a graduate

Despite her successful modelling career, Gigi values education. She graduated from Malibu High School in 2013, where she was also the captain of the varsity volleyball team. She pursued her further education in criminal psychology at The New School in New York. However, she took a break from studies to concentrate on her modelling career.

Nonetheless, her desire to learn and grow shows that her aspirations go beyond just modelling.

9. Her mother is a reality TV star

Hadid’s mother, Yolanda Hadid, is not just a former model but also a star of the reality television show ‘The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’. Yolanda’s journey in the industry provided early inspiration to Gigi and her siblings.

Often times you can see the glimpses of the same intensity and determination that Yolanda Hadid exhibits in her TV show reflected in Gigi’s work ethic on her professional assignments.

10. Gigi Has Designed Collections For Tommy Hilfiger

While being a renowned model, Gigi also tapped into designing. In collaboration with Tommy Hilfiger, she has launched several capsule collections known as Gigi by Tommy Hilfiger. The launch events, known as TommyNow, were part fashion show and part carnival — fun, lively, and absolutely ‘Gigi’.

These collections showcase Gigi’s style aesthetics and her ability to balance high-end fashion with practical, everyday wear. It proved that she’s not only a style icon, but also has the potential to be a successful designer.

Get to know more about Gigi Hadid by visiting her Instagram profile. If interested, you can also check out this Harper’s Bazaar article for a deeper dive on Gigi Hadid.