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Gigi Hadid Biography – an American Model and Television Personality

Gigi Hadid Biography
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Real Name: Jelena Noura “Gigi” Hadid
Profession: American model
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Boyfriend: Zayn Malik
Age: 27

Jelena Noura “Gigi” Hadid (born April 23, 1995) is an American model and television personality. In November 2014, she made her debut in the Top 50 Models ranking at Models.com. In 2016, she was named International Model of the Year by the British Fashion Council. Over the span of four years, she has made 35 appearances on international Vogue magazine covers.

Born in Los Angeles, Hadid began her career as a child model for Baby Guess. She signed with IMG Models in 2013 and made her New York Fashion Week debut the next year. She has appeared in numerous high fashion campaigns and editorials and is a spokesmodel for Maybelline.

Gigi Hadid Biography
Gigi Hadid Biography
Gigi Hadid Biography
Jelena Noura Hadid

April 23, 1995 (age 27)

Los Angeles, California, U.S.
  • Model
  • television personality
Years active 1997–present
Partner Zayn Malik (2015–2021)
Children 1
  • Mohamed Hadid (father)
  • Yolanda Hadid (mother)
Modeling information
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.79 m)
Hair Color Blonde
Eye color Blue-green
Agency IMG Models (New York)

Early life (Gigi Hadid Biography)

Jelena Noura Hadid was born on April 23, 1995, in Los Angeles, California, to Palestinian Jordanian real-estate developer Mohamed Hadid and Dutch former model Yolanda Hadid (née Van den Herik). Through her father, she claims descent from Daher Al Omer, Prince of Nazareth and Sheik of Galilee. She has a younger sister, Bella, and a younger brother, Anwar, both of whom are also models. She also has two older paternal half-sisters; Marielle and Alana. She and her siblings were raised on a ranch in Santa Barbara. The family moved to Beverly Hills after ten years.

In 2013, Hadid graduated from Malibu High School, where she was captain of the school’s varsity volleyball team, as well as an equestrian. After high school, she moved to New York City to study criminal psychology at The New School. She suspended her studies to focus on her modeling career.

Career (Gigi Hadid Biography)

1997–2012: Early work

Hadid’s modeling career began when she was two years old after being discovered by Guess co-founder Paul Marciano. She started modeling for Baby Guess before stopping to concentrate on school. She returned to modeling in 2011. She resumed working with Marciano and was named the face of a 2012 Guess campaign. She has shot three campaigns with Guess as an adult.

2013–2016: Breakthrough

After signing with IMG Models in 2013, Hadid made her New York Fashion Week debut in February 2014, walking for Desigual. In the same month, she got her break in high fashion on the cover of Carine Roitfeld’s CR Fashion Book. On July 15, 2014, she starred alongside actor and model Patrick Schwarzenegger in fashion designer Tom Ford’s Eyewear autumn/winter campaign. She co-hosted the Daily Front Row’s Fashion Media Awards event held in New York City on September 5, 2014. She has also starred in campaigns for Tom Ford F/W 2014, Tom Ford Velvet Orchard Fragrance, and Tom Ford Beauty 2014. She was featured on the cover of Galore magazine in 2014.

Gigi Hadid Biography
Gigi Hadid Biography

Hadid appeared in the 2015 Pirelli Calendar. Also in 2015, she was the brand ambassador for the Australian fashion swimwear label Seafolly. In January 2015 she was named the Daily Front Rows Model of the Year and a Maybelline brand ambassador. In March 2015 she and her then-boyfriend Cody Simpson were featured as a part of fashion photographer Mario Testino’s project “Towel Series.” By May 2015 she had walked for designers Marc Jacobs, Chanel, Michael Kors, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Max Mara. She appeared in the music video for Taylor Swift‘s song “Bad Blood”, released the same month. She has made several appearances alongside her sister Bella. In December 2015 she made her first appearance at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

Gigi Hadid has appeared on the covers of Vogue (United States, Paris, Italy, Britain, Japan, Spain, Australia, Brazil, the Netherlands, Germany, and China), Schön!, NuméroAllureW Magazine, and Teen Vogue, as well as The Wall Street JournalElle (Canada), Dazed, and Harper’s Bazaar (United States, Malaysia). She has shot editorials for VMANElle (United States), GraziaCleoVogueSports IllustratedPaper MagazineVanity Fair, and V Magazine. She has starred in campaigns for Guess, Versace, Penshoppe, Balmain F/W 2015, Topshop, Max Mara, and Stuart Weitzman.

In 2016 she walked for Versace, Chanel, Elie Saab, Fendi, Marc Jacobs, Anna Sui, Miu Miu, Balmain, Diane Von Furstenberg, Tommy Hilfiger, Fenty x Puma, Isabel Marant, and Giambattista Valli. In January 2016 she became the global brand ambassador for Tommy Hilfiger, fronting campaigns for underwear, apparel, and fragrances. In April 2016, Hadid starred in an interactive campaign including a commercial for the BMW M2. She hosted the 2016 iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards in Toronto on June 19, 2016. She co-designed a capsule collection with Tommy Hilfiger called Gigi by Tommy Hilfiger, which was released in the fall of 2016 at New York Fashion Week. During the Fall 2016 Fashion Weeks in New York, Milan, and Paris, she opened five shows and closed seven. In October her boot collection for Stuart Weitzman titled the Gigi Boot was revealed, and she became a brand ambassador for Reebok, fronting the #PerfectNever campaign.

On November 20, 2016, she hosted the American Music Awards alongside Saturday Night Live alum Jay Pharoah. She received backlash for an impression of Melania Trump during the show and later apologized. In December 2016 she made her second appearance at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, earning her wings for the first time, and in the same month, she won the award for International Model of the Year at the British Fashion Awards, presented to her by Donatella Versace.

2017–present: Further recognition and brand collaborations

Hadid started off the Spring/Summer campaign season starring in Fendi and Moschino campaigns. She also was the face of the S/S 2017 campaign for Max Mara Accessories, Stuart Weitzman, and DSQUARED2. The second Tommy Hilfiger and Hadid ready-to-wear collection were presented in February 2017 for the Spring season. She was the photographer of the Versus (Versace) Spring/Summer 2017 campaign which featured her then-boyfriend, singer Zayn Malik, and model Adwoa Aboah. She also photographed a special summer edition of V Magazine titled Gigi’s Journal, which featured Polaroids of fashion industry colleagues, celebrities, and close friends.

She was featured on four March 2017 Vogue covers: American, British, Chinese, and the inaugural edition of Vogue Arabia. She also appeared on the covers for CR Fashion Book (Spring/Summer 2017), Jolie (April 2017), and The Daily (Spring 2017). She was featured on the May 2017 covers for the Dutch editions of Vogue, Cosmopolitan, and Glamour as well as the June/July 2017 cover of American Harper’s Bazaar. She has starred in editorials for American Vogue (April 2017) and LOVE Magazine (Spring/Summer 2017).

She scored her second American Vogue cover in August 2017, sharing it with her then-boyfriend, Zayn Malik. During Fall/Winter 2017 Fashion Month in New York, Milan, and Paris, she opened the shows for Jeremy Scott, Anna Sui, Versus (Versace), Alberta Ferretti, Missoni, H&M, and Balmain; and closed the shows for Isabel Marant, Moschino, Max Mara, and Anna Sui. She also released the first season of two new collaborations with Vogue Eyewear and Messika Jewelry. At the Daily Front Row’s third annual Fashion Los Angeles Awards, she was honored with the Best Design Debut for her collection with Tommy Hilfiger. She ended 2017 by being named one of Glamour‘s Women of the Year, alongside Nicole Kidman, Solange Knowles, Muzoon Almellehan, and others.

She started 2018 with multiple high fashion campaigns, including Valentino, Moschino, Versace, and Fendi. She also went on to release her second collaboration with both Vogue Eyewear and Messika Jewelry. In February, during fashion week, she presented the fourth and last season of her capsule collection with Tommy Hilfiger in Milan.

She appeared on many different international Vogue covers in 2018, including British Vogue in March, Vogue Italia in May, and Vogue Brazil in September. She also scored multiple American covers, including the Harper’s Bazaar May issue, V Magazine‘s Fall Preview Cover V114, and W Magazine. She also covered LOVE Magazine‘s 10th Anniversary edition, Chaos 69, and Chaos True Originals – Disney Special.

In November 2018, she announced her first collaboration with Reebok designing sneakers for the brand, starting with a limited release on December 7 and the full collection to be released later in February 2019. She also returned to the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show for the third time in the same month. In early 2019, she appeared on more international Vogue covers, including Vogue CzechoslovakiaVogue Arabia, and Vogue Hong Kong.

In October 2019, she filmed an episode for the Food Network cooking competition Beat Bobby Flay. She teamed up with chef Anne Burrell against chef and restaurateur Bobby Flay. The episode aired in June 2020. She guest-starred in an episode of Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? that aired on October 1, 2020, on the streaming service Boomerang.

In August 2022, Hadid revealed that she would be launching her first solo clothing line, Guest in Residence.


In January 2016, Hadid participated in MasterChef and raised $25,000 for Global Lyme Alliance. In October 2016 she joined other celebrities in supporting the BBC’s Children in Need’s T-shirt philanthropy project. The shirt, designed by Giles Deacon, sold for $15 with 70% of all the proceeds going to charity.

In January 2017, after former President Donald Trump signed Executive Order 13780 (commonly known as a “Muslim Ban”), Hadid and her sister, Bella, protested among others in New York City.

Hadid announced in May 2018 that she would be working closely with Unicef to help children around the world. On August 25, she went on her first mission with UNICEF to visit their programming in Bangladesh. The trip fell on the eve of the one-year anniversary of the Rohingya refugee crisis.

On May 3, 2020, Hadid and other celebrities joined forces to play a virtual charity tennis match on Facebook Gaming. Organized by IMG Tennis, the participants all received $25,000 to donate to a charity of their choice. The winners received an additional $1 million to donate. Hadid played for the non-profit organization Feeding America. In June 2020, Hadid auctioned off some of her clothes as part of a charity auction organized by British Vogue that benefitted NHS Charities Together and the NAACP.

Hadid has shown support for the Black Lives Matter movement. A percentage of the sales from her quarantine editorial with V MagazineGigi’s Journal Part II, were donated to four organizations; the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, the NAACP, the ACLU, and Campaign Zero. The organizations also received personal donations from Hadid.

Hadid has frequently marched and campaigned for pro-Palestinian causes.

In 2022, Hadid pledged to donate her earnings from the Fall 2022 shows to help Ukrainian victims of the Russian invasion.

In 2023, Hadid and Tan France co-hosted the reality fashion competition Next In Fashion. The show was released through Netflix on 3 March 2023.

Personal life (Gigi Hadid Biography)

Hadid revealed in 2014 that she has Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.

Ukrainian self-styled prankster Vitalii Sediuk lifted her off the ground from behind in 2016 under the pretense of a prank, and she was commended on how she defended herself from him.

On November 7, 2022, Hadid deleted her Twitter account, saying on Instagram, “For a long time, but especially with its new leadership, it’s becoming more and more of a cesspool of hate & bigotry, and it’s not a place I want to be a part of.”

Gigi_Hadid with Her Boyfriend
Gigi Hadid with Her Boyfriend

Relationships (Gigi Hadid Biography)

Hadid dated Australian singer Cody Simpson from 2013 to May 2015. She appeared in his music videos for “Surfboard” and “Flower”. She dated American singer Joe Jonas from May to November 2015, during which time she directed his band DNCE’s music video for “Cake by the Ocean“.

She began dating English singer Zayn Malik in late 2015; they broke up and reconciled multiple times. She appeared in Malik’s music video for “Pillowtalk”. They starred on the August 2017 cover of American Vogue, making them the third couple to appear together on a Vogue cover. It courted controversy because Vogue misnamed them as gender fluid, for which Vogue apologized. They also did a Versus (Versace) campaign as a couple, with Hadid as the photographer. In April 2020, she confirmed that she and Malik were expecting their first child during an interview on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon after rumors began to circulate of her pregnancy. Their daughter was born in September 2020. The family spent the majority of their time on a farm in rural New Hope, Pennsylvania, where Hadid’s mother and younger sister also own land.

In October 2021, Malik entered a no-contest plea to four charges of harassment against Hadid’s mother, Yolanda. He was sentenced by a Pennsylvania court to 360 days of probation and anger management and domestic violence programs. Hadid and Malik reportedly ended their relationship after the incident. Since September 2022, Hadid has been linked with Leonardo DiCaprio as they were photographed together on the streets of Paris.

Legal issues

In 2017, Hadid attempted to travel to Shanghai to participate in the 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show but ultimately could not, as her Chinese visa was reportedly revoked after an online video showing her doing a slant-eyes gesture in imitation of Buddha was criticized as a racist by Chinese internet users. Victoria’s Secret declined to comment when asked whether she pulled out of the fashion show on her own, was asked to by the company, or whether Chinese authorities applied any pressure.

In late January 2019, she was sued by the independent photo agency business Xclusive for sharing an October 2018 photo of herself without the photographer’s permission. In 2017, photographer Peter Cepeda took a photo of her, which she later posted on Instagram. He filed a lawsuit against her the following September and it was later settled outside of court.

Filmography (Gigi Hadid Biography)

Film and television
Year Title Role Notes
2012 Virgin Eyes Andrea Short film
2012–2016 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Herself Multiple appearances (seasons 3–6)
2015 Those Wrecked by Success Herself Short film
2016 MasterChef Herself Episode: “MasterChef Celebrity Showdown”
2016 RuPaul’s Drag Race Guest judge Episode: season 8, week 5
2016 Lip Sync Battle Herself Episode: “Gigi Hadid vs. Tyler Posey”
2016 iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards Host
2016 American Music Awards Host
2018 Ocean’s 8 Herself Cameo
2018 Pirelli Calendar Herself A short film by Albert Watson
2020 Beat Bobby Flay Herself Episode: “Superchef, Supermodel”
2020 Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? Herself Episode: “A Moveable Mystery”
2021 Never Have I Ever Herself (voice) Episode: “… opened a textbook”
2023 Next In Fashion Co-host Season 2
Music videos
Year Title Artist Role
2014 “Surfboard” Cody Simpson Herself
2014 “Simplethings” Miguel Love interest
2015 “Bad Blood” Taylor Swift Slay-Z
2015 “Flower” Cody Simpson Herself (cameo)
2015 “How Deep Is Your Love” Calvin Harris and Disciples Girl in love
2015 “Gasoline” Halsey Herself
2015 “Cake by the Ocean” DNCE Director
2016 “Pillowtalk” Zayn Girlfriend
2020 “One More Time” (V Magazine version) Daft Punk Animated version of herself
Gigi Hadid Biography
Gigi Hadid Biography
Music releases
Year Title Artist Role
2007 “The Little Drummer Boy” on Noël Josh Groban Backing vocals
2007 “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” on Noël Josh Groban Backing vocals

Awards and nominations (Gigi Hadid Biography)

Gigi Hadid award nominations
Year Association Category Result
2015 First Annual Fashion Los Angeles Awards Model of The Year Won
2015 Teen Choice Awards Choice Model Nominated
2016 TRL Awards Best Look Won
2016 Teen Choice Awards Choice Female Hottie Nominated
2016 British Fashion Awards International Model of the Year Won
2017 Third Annual Fashion Los Angeles Awards Best Design Debut Won
2017 Teen Choice Awards Choice Model Nominated
2018 Teen Choice Awards Choice Model Won

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