HOW GIGI HA­DID KICKS GOALS

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“Google, read me my last text,” Gigi Ha­did asks her phone dur­ing a vlog with Vogue on­line about her sched­ule. The su­per­model looks point­edly at the cam­era as her gad­get chats back to her. “Gigi, your sched­ule is pretty easy. Af­ter your shoot, meet us at JFK for Paris, Lon­don, Ber­lin, Rome, San Tropez, Antarc­tica, and Des Moines, Iowa. See you at the air­port!”

It’s a typ­i­cal week in the life of the world-fa­mous model who, in the last few years, has achieved su­per-star­dom. As well as mod­el­ling for Missoni (“It’s an hon­our and in­spi­ra­tion to see your cre­ativ­ity come to life,” she tweeted An­gela), Gigi was named In­ter­na­tional Model of the Year by the Bri­tish Fash­ion Coun­cil, did cam­paigns for Moschino and Fendi, and be­came the face of Tom Ford’s Vel­vet Orchid Lu­mière fra­grance. She also has a range of footwear in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Stu­art Weitz­man, with part of the prof­its go­ing to­wards build­ing schools in Ghana, Gu­atemala and Laos. Apart from be­ing “re­ally good at sleep­ing on planes”, how does she keep up with so many com­mit­ments?

Tip one: rein in your so­cial me­dia use, some­times. De­spite hav­ing 7.8 mil­lion Twit­ter fol­low­ers, she re­cently took a break “’cause it’s good for the soul”.

Step two: ac­cept FOMO is a nor­mal, ac­cept­able emo­tion. Last year, she was “so bummed” to miss the Victoria’s Se­cret fash­ion show, af­ter be­ing un­able to make it to China where it was held.

Gigi, who has Hashimoto’s dis­ease, which is an au­toim­mune con­di­tion, has her model sis­ter, Bella, to thank for re­mind­ing her to slow down in an in­dus­try where burnout is rife.

She’s also con­scious of pro­tect­ing her en­ergy. Her lat­est shoe line for Stu­art Weitz­man bore the sym­bol of the evil eye. “My dad’s Pales­tinian and it’s a sym­bol I grew up with,” she re­vealed to Jimmy Fal­lon. “It’s in a lot of cul­tures… [and] has the same mean­ing of pro­tect­ing you from bad en­ergy… When you put them on, don’t let those bad things come your way.”

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