Jelena Noura Hadid, better known by her nickname Gigi, was born on April 23, 1995, in Los Angeles. Yolanda Hadid, a former model, and actress on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is her mother.
Mohamed Hadid, Hadid’s father, was born in Palestine and built his fortune establishing Ritz Carlton hotels and other high-end properties around the world. Mohamed’s company was forced to declare bankruptcy in late 2019 after being compelled to demolish a notorious.
Hadid attended Malibu High School in Santa Barbara, California, and graduated in 2013. She relocated to New York City to get a degree in criminal psychology at The New School, but she dropped out to pursue her modeling career.
When Gigi was eight years old, her parents split. Mohamed allegedly paid Yolanda a $3.6 million settlement that included a $6 million house in Malibu, a mansion in Santa Barbara, many cars, including an Escalade and Range Rover, and $30,000 in monthly child support.
On Father’s Day, Gigi Hadid posted a heartfelt and very public Instagram shout-out to Zayn Malik, the father of her daughter Khai. Despite having “some hurdles and ups and downs,” a source told Us Weekly that Hadid and Malik have developed a successful co-parenting relationship behind the scenes.
Following claims that Malik had an argument with Hadid’s mother, news of Malik and Hadid’s breakup spread in October. Prior to their most recent breakup, the two dated intermittently for about six years.
Hadid’s modeling career began when she was two years old when she was found by Paul Marciano of Guess clothes. She worked as a model for Baby Guess for a while before taking a break to focus on education.
She resumed modeling in 2011. While working with Marciano again in 2012, she has appointed the face of a Guess campaign. Hadid signed with IMG Models in 2013 after first moving to New York City to seek a college career.
In February 2014, she walked in the Desigual show at New York Fashion Week for the first time. In the same month, she was featured on the cover of CR Fashion Book Magazine in her debut high-fashion assignment.
She continued to make waves in 2014, starring alongside Patrick Schwarzenegger in Tom Ford Eyewear’s autumn/winter campaign, as well as other Tom Ford advertisements such as Tom Ford F/W/ 2014, Tom Ford Velvet Orchard Fragrance, and Tom Ford Beauty 2014.
Hadid’s career has only progressed since her debut year in 2014. She was crowned Model of the Year by the Daily Front Row in January 2015, and she is also a spokesperson for the cosmetics company Maybelline.
She had already walked for Marc Jacobs, Chanel, Michael Kors, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Max Mara by May 2015. She was also designated a brand ambassador for Seafolly, an Australian swimsuit company.
Hadid made her first appearance as a model in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in December 2015. Hadid has walked for a variety of companies, including Anna Sui, Miu Miu, Giambattista Valli, Balmain, Diane Von Furstenberg, Jeremy Scott, and Missoni.
She has also been on the covers of Vogue (in the United States, Paris, Italy, the United Kingdom, Japan, Spain, Australia, Brazil, the Netherlands, Germany, and China), Numéro, Allure, Teen Vogue, Paper magazine, Dazed, and Harper’s Bazaar, among others.
She’s also shot editorials for VMAN, Elle, Grazia, Sports Illustrated, and V Magazine, among other publications. Aside from her career-launching Guess and Tom Ford ads, Hadid has appeared in campaigns for Versace, Penshoppe, Balmain, Topshop, and Max Mara.
She’s also started a number of fashion partnerships with well-known brands. Gigi by Tommy Hilfiger, a capsule collection she co-designed with the designer, debuted during New York Fashion Week in 2016.
In the same year, Stuart Weitzman released the Gigi Boot. In February 2017, she debuted her second ready-to-wear collection with Tommy Hilfiger. Vogue Eyewear, Messika Jewelry, and Reebok are among the businesses with which she has cooperated.
In 2016, Hadid was named International Model of the Year at the British Fashion Awards. In 2017, she was nominated Woman of the Year by Glamour Magazine, alongside Nicole Kidman and Solange Knowles, among others.
In addition to modeling in front of the camera, Hadid has also worked behind it. She shot the Versus (Versace) Spring/Summer 2017 campaign and a special summer edition of V Magazine called “Gigi’s Journal,” which featured Polaroid photos she shot. She also dabbled in acting, participating in the short film “Virgin Eyes” in 2012.
Controversies and Lawsuits
Copyright infringement has gotten Hadid into some legal difficulties in the past. Despite not having permission to use the image, she posted a photograph of herself taken by photographer Peter Cepeda on her Instagram profile in 2017.
In September of the following year, he filed a lawsuit against her, and the case was resolved out of court. Hadid was sued again in late January 2019, this time by independent photo agency Xclusive, for sharing photographs of herself without the photographer’s authorization.
After Hadid uploaded an uncredited photo of herself in October 2018, the company sought damages for copyright infringement, alleging it was not the first time she had done so.
Another source of contention for Hadid is a video released on Instagram by her sister Bella, in which Hadid is shown clutching a Buddha-shaped cookie while squinting her eyes. Many people saw her acts as a demeaning and racist portrayal of the religious figure.
She reportedly withdrew from the 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, which was hosted in China, due to public criticism of the video, particularly from Chinese audiences.
Hadid dated Australian singer Cody Simpson from 2013 to 2015, featuring in his music videos for the songs “Surfboard” and “Flower.” She began dating English singer Zayn Malik in late 2015, following their breakup.
She starred in his music video for “Pillowtalk,” and the duo was also featured on the Vogue magazine cover in August 2017. They split for the first time in March 2018, reconciling briefly in June before splitting again in November of the same year. In January 2020, they reunited once more.
Gigi paid $4 million for a two-bedroom condo in New York City’s Noho area in 2015. She bought a three-bedroom duplex in the same building for $5.8 million in 2018. Gigi proposed plans in 2020 to merge the two units into a single large apartment.
Sister Bella owns a penthouse apartment a few blocks away, which she purchased for $6.1 million in November 2019.
Gigi Hadid Net Worth
Gigi Hadid is a model and reality television personality from the United States with a net worth of $29 million. She is one of the highest-paid models in the world, with contracts with Maybelline, Evian, BMW, Versace, and Tommy Hilfiger bringing in $9-10 million a year.