Jelena Noura Gigi Hadid was born on April 23, 1995, in Los Angeles. Her father, a Palestinian named Mohamed Hadid, is a real estate developer. Her mother Yolanda, who is of Dutch descent, used to work in the modeling industry. Gigi is the oldest of the three siblings; the other two being Bella and Anwar, also famous for their work in the modeling industry.
After graduating from Malibu High School, Hadid moved to NYC to study criminal psychology at The New School. However, she gave up her education so she could pursue a modeling career.
She was discovered by Guess when she was only two years old. You could say that modeling comes naturally to her. Her job had to take a halt for a few years so young Hadid could focus on her education, but after she had come back, she had been named the face of their campaign.
However, her breakthrough happened during a Desigual’s show at New York Fashion Week. She also starred in several campaigns for Tom Ford in 2014.
2015 was her year. She was named the brand ambassador for Maybelline and Seafolly. Gigi was chosen as Model of the Year by the Daily Front Row; she walked for Chanel, Max Mara, Victoria’s Secret, Marc Jacobs, and others and also made her first appearance on the Vogue cover and many other magazines.
During the last few years, Hadid has done photoshoots for many brands, some of the most successful ones being Moschino, Fendi, Versace, Tommy Hilfinger, Reebok, Balmain, Fenty, Miu Miu, and more.
Gigi hosted the American Music Awards in 2016, much like Saturday Night Live.
She starred in several music videos, including “Cake by the Ocean” by DNCE, “How Deep is Your Love” by Calvin Harris and Disciples, and “Bad Blood” by her friend Taylor Swift.
She has an immense following on her social media profiles. Her Instagram has over 51 million followers. As for her Twitter account, it has amassed over 9 million followers.
Her unimaginable success was honored with Hadid being named one of the Glamour Magazine’s Woman of the Year, much like Nicole Kidman and Solange Knowles.
The overly popular supermodel is also a philanthropist. Gigi has been working with Unicef for several years. She used her voice to shed light on the “Muslim Ban”. She protested against it with her sister Bella amongst others in NYC.
As for her dating life, it is known that the oldest Hadid child dated the Australian singer Cody Simpson from 2013 to 2015. A short relationship with Joe Jonas followed.
Sometime after that relationship had ended, in November 2015, the model was first linked with Zayn Malik, one of the members of now broken apart bend One Direction. The two were spotted holding hands, but the fling was yet to be officially confirmed. The singer had broken up with his fiance Perrie Edwards, member of the Little Mix, nearly four months earlier.
The fans had gone crazy when Malik posted a picture of the two cuddling on Instagram. More posts of the two follow during early 2016.
The two kept dodging questions in interviews. They don’t make it official until Malik’s first solo music video drops, “Pillowtalk”, in which the two kiss repeatedly.
In April 2016, the two traveled to Italy to do a photoshoot for Vogue. They walked the red carpet for the first time at the 2016 Met Gala. They also appeared at both London and Paris Fashion Weeks.
There were some break-up rumors, but the couple’s Instagram profiles had put all of our doubts aside; their posts were full of cuteness.
In 2017, Gigi and Zayn appeared on the cover of Vogue. It sparked some controversies, as the theme was gender fluidity; yet neither of the celebs was identifying themselves as gender fluid. Of course, Vogue apologized for this mistake.
Everything seemed to be full of love and happiness until March 2018, when the couple calls it quits. The reason was rumored to be their “crazy work schedules” that kept them constantly apart.
Only a few months later, the two are spotted lip-locking in NYC, and the relationship is back on track. But sadly, as 2018 ended, so did the relationship between Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik.
Gigi Hadid Net Worth 2024
This supermodel is 23 years old, so her success is truly impressive. Gigi Hadid has cashed in her beauty and has amassed a total of $13 million of net worth in 2024.