Gigi Hadid (born April 23, 1995) is an American fashion model and television personality. She was named one of the 12 rookies in Sports Illustrated’s annual swimsuit issue in 2014. She has also appeared on the reality TV series The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, in which her mother Yolanda Foster has starred since season three in 2012.
Hadid was born and raised in Los Angeles, the daughter of real-estate developer Mohamed Hadid and former model Yolanda Foster.Her mother is Dutch and her father is Palestinian.Hadid has two younger siblings, Bella, who is also a model, and a brother, Anwar. She has two older half-sisters, Marielle and Alana, on her father’s side and five stepsisters from her stepfather. Following her parents’ divorce, her mother married music producer David Foster. In 2013, Hadid graduated from Malibu High School, where she was captain of the varsity volleyball team as well as a competitive horseback rider.
Following high school, she moved to New York City to focus on her studies and modeling career. Hadid studied at The New School beginning fall 2013.
Hadid’s modelling career started when she was two years old after she was discovered by Paul Marciano, of Guess. She started modelling with Baby Guess before she stopped to concentrate on school. Hadid eventually returned to modeling, signing with IMG Models in 2011. She resumed working with Marciano, and was named the face of a Guess campaign in 2012. She has shot three campaigns with Guess as an adult.
In February 2014, Hadid made her New York Fashion Week debut walking for Desigual’s show.Hadid has graced magazine covers including Schön!, Vogue (Spain, Australia, Brazil, the Netherlands), and Teen Vogue as well as Elle Canada and Harper’s Bazaar Malaysia.