Gigi’s angels and demons
THE supermodel on the highs and lows of earning her wings.
WHETHER it’s with her sister or her boyfriend, Gigi Hadid is the kind of girl who likes to have someone to share in her incredible success.
She’s starred in a video and modelled with boyfriend, ex-One Direction heartthrob Zayn Malik, and has little sister Bella for company as the pair continue to make headlines for their stunning looks and style. Guided by her mother Yolanda,a former top model herself, Gigi has worked hard to earn her wings while insisting that she and her fellow Angels are anything but the bad role models some accuse them of being. Here she talks about being an Angel, fulfilling her childhood dream and working with her sister and best friend.
What do you love most about modelling for Victoria’s Secret?
The feeling of being part of a group of girls all so excited and happy for each other. It’s all about celebrating and being really positive.
What does it mean to you to be chosen as a VS Angel?
This show was my dream, my whole life. As a kid I used to watch it and then, in the commercial breaks, practise my little runway walk. There are so many girls that I grew up watching who are now great friends and sisters to me.
And there are so many new, beautiful, amazing girls that I am so happy for.
What was it like to be with your sister Bella, and Kendall Jenner on the runway?
It’s so fun to be together. To look across the room and have that sense of home is very rare in any industry. I think that we are not only lucky to have each other but also so many girls that we genuinely feel like are our family.
So there’s no sibling rivalry between you and your sister?
Honestly, no. It’s great to be the first sisters in a VS show. That’s really fun for us. I think other girls see us and they maybe wish they had a sister with them. Bella and I are always taking new sistersona daily basis because all the girls on the runway are like family to us.
How did your friendship with Kendall start?
Our families have always been connected, although we never really got the opportunity to hang out together as kids. We have only been friends for a few years but we’re really excited for and supportive of each other.
How important is it to also have the support of your mother?
My mom is so amazing. She has raised us with such an awareness for the industry becauseof her experience in it. I feel really lucky for that because she never sugarcoated it for us.
What has been her top advice?
To just always be the nicest, most hard working girl in the room. If you are not, there is someone nicer, prettier and more hard working.
Do you have a pre-runway ritual?
Yeah, I do 15 squats to get my bum a little bit more perky!
What do you do to prepare for a show?
I have never really been a gym-goer so I play volleyball, ride horses, box or I run on the beach. I basically do things that make me happy. I think that’s really important. I have been pretty open with my experience with Hashimoto’s disease – my thyroid problem. This is the first year that my thyroid has been really balanced so that is really nice for my body. Most of the time I’m not necessarily trying to lose any weight so I eat normally because I think it’s good to reward myself with things that I like.
How are you coping with fame?
I just take it day by day. It’s a lot but I think it’s really important to know yourself and know when you are pushing yourself too hard. You need to be honest with yourself and with people who support you because your mental health and wellbeing is just as important as physical.
What about the rumours and comments online about your private life?
I think it’s important not to pay attention to that stuff. My stepdad always told me that if you don’t believe the good, you won’t believe the bad, which has a lot to do with reading it in general.
What do you like to do in your downtime?
I go for a nice walk, I go to my garden or I cook something. We have a family farm and I love spending my time there with the animals. It makes me feel normal and it makes me feel like a kid again. I think when you do things that you have fun doing and you let it be a natural part of your life, then it’s always positive.
What areas of your body do you have to work on the most to be a VS Angel?
It’s all core — especially when you have those heavy wings on.
What goes on behind the scenes of a VS show?
On the day of the show it’s about giving everyone a big hug and just saying, “Good morning, how did you sleep? How are you?” It’s about being really positive and knowing that we have all worked so hard to be here. Then it’s just about enjoying it and taking it all in. I always try to breathe, take a step back, look around and not let it go by too quickly because it’s easy to be so excited that you black out and it’s the end of the day. It’s a big celebration altogether from the second we get there.
What are is must-have fashion item?
Comfortable heels! Generally, I think the more comfortable you feel in your clothes, the better you look. I feel like if I am fidgeting with stuff, I am always second guessing it. If you’re comfortable, you never feel out of place.