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Gigi Hadid Biography

July 27, 2015

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Birthday: April 23rd, 1995
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California (US)
Zodiac Sign: Taurus

Hadid from the Start

Jelena Noura Hadid (otherwise known as upcoming model Gigi Hadid) was born in sunny Los Angeles, California. Her mother Yolanda Foster was a former model - guess it runs in the family - and her father Mohammed Hadid comes from Palestine. She has a sister (Bella) and a brother (Anwar) and two older half-sisters on her dads side. After her parents divorce, her mother remarried music producer David Foster and gained five step sisters. Did you count them all? That's a lot of sisters!

Gigi appeared on The Real Housewives of Beverly HillsGigi appeared on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

Gigi was always sporty at school, and graduated from Malibu High School in 2013 - after that she was ready to pack her bags and head for the Big Apple and pursue her dream of modelling.

Reaching the Runway

You may have first spotted Gigi on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, she appeared in several episodes, and it was clear from the start that she had a future in front of the cameras. After moving to NYC she enrolled at the New School and had signed with IMG models in 2011.

It was her first time modelling though - she had been in a Guess campaign when she was two years old! She became the face of Guess again in 2012 (talk about returning to where you started!)

Gigi became the face of Guess in 2012Gigi became the face of Guess in 2012Courtesy of Guess

Gigi made her New York Fashion Week debut on the catwalk in 2014, and shortly after began gracing magazine covers and appearing as the love interest in music videos, like Miguel's "Simplethings" and Aussie hottie Cody Simpson's "Surfboard." It's safe to say that Gigi is becoming a household name, and the hottest young model on the runway.

Gigi has been on several magazine coversGigi has been on several magazine coversCourtesy of Teen Vogue

Fun Facts

  • Was in an on-again off-again relationship with singer Cody Simpson
  • Her younger sister Bella is a model too
  • In high school she was captain of her varsity volleyball team
  • Was a competitive horseback rider
  • Starred in a Tom Ford Eyewear campaign with Patrick Schwarzenegger
  • Was on the cover of Teen Vogue with Binx Walton
  • On her father's side, she is a direct descendant of Daher-el Omar, who founded the city of New Haifa in the 18th century

Have Your Say 

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