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For a young woman born into privilege and with the fame and fortune that’s come with extraordinary beauty, Gigi Hadid keeps it real, shunning the shallow side of celebrity, keeping her loved ones close, and her real self closer. Here, read the full cover story from Vogue Australia’s July 2018 issue.

Away from New York, Gigi Hadid is looking out of the window at her mother’s farm. It is mid-May, and after a busy winter and spring – personally and professionally – there’s change afoot. “It’s so nice to see everything green again after the winter,” says Hadid over the phone.

There’s mint and lavender planted, and vegetables which Hadid’s mother, Yolanda, started growing last year. “Onions, tomatoes, cucumbers and red capsicums – a lot of things I regularly cook with.” They are waiting for apples, which are due in autumn. Although she was too busy for the planting, Hadid assures me she’ll be back for the harvest. “For sure. Being in nature defines me a lot.

For all those bright lights and glittery Versace dresses (Hadid wore a Versace gown for the Met Gala and a gold mini-dress for her birthday, natch), the farm harks back to her childhood growing up in California’s Santa Barbara, where she played outdoors and rode horses. “The family farm is where I get away. My little kitchen is my happy place. I cook almost every day I’m here. I’ve got my Masterchef apron hanging up – it’s my little proudest moment,” she says, referring to a US Celebrity Masterchef episode where Gordon Ramsey awarded her the episode’s winner for her burgers.

 The family farm is a reprieve from New York, where she is followed by paparazzi, and away from her home state of California, which she still misses but the commute from the east and west coasts proved arduous in the long term. “A lot of my stress came from coming on and off a plane, and I didn’t want to be doing that on my time off,” says Hadid, who is an otherwise confident flyer. But the travel, though seemingly glamorous, was gruelling – travelling for work, whether to Europe for shows and campaigns or within the US, will often have one in the air almost as much time as one is on the ground. “I had realised how much time I had spent in the air and it represented a lot of the lack of control that you feel in a job where you travel all the time.

Because this is the year that Hadid is back in control. After years of over-extending herself work-wise and otherwise, she is taking stock. “I’ve learned a lot in the last year, just figuring out what my priorities are and learning how to manage my time to prioritise the things and people that are important to me, because I’m hard on myself with those things,” she says wisely of her current outlook. “Learning to say no, I think, is a big thing I’ve had to tackle … everyone has to learn to stand up for themselves at a point in their lives and in work.” As a model, she is thoroughly aware of her currency and her purpose in the fashion world: “Everyone knows that in the modelling industry your job is part of the creative process in that you might have an idea of the shoot’s angle, but we have no control over what we wear, the creative production of the shoot and the creative direction.” Control over her career from now on is what Hadid will be demanding.

Consciously taking time-outs from social media has helped Hadid re-evaluate, too. “In December I took a vacation and didn’t go on my phone for a week and just turned it off. It’s like it literally didn’t exist. When you’re in that social media bubble it feels so heated and flammable and then when you step away from it, it just gets lost in the clouds,” she says. “You can take a walk, or do something that’s so much more real than reading all of that. Sometimes it’s funny to me how much energy people put into other people’s lives.”

There’s this one story from Hadid’s childhood that tells you a lot about the woman she is today: she is two years old and learning to ride on a miniature pony that was rescued from across the street. “The miniature pony would throw me off every day,” she says, remembering how she began her riding. But she was undeterred. “I saw it as a way of me being able to get better. I think it built me into a rider who was very strong.” She applied this to volleyball – she was captain of her high school team – and her modelling, too. “I learn how to master something and continue to want to master it. I’m not the greatest at modelling – obviously! But every day I wake up and try to learn something new about what I do.”

“I know I come from privilege, so when I started there was this big guilt of privilege, obviously,” says Hadid. “I’ve always had this big work ethic, because my parents came from nothing and I worked hard to honour them.” Hadid recalled how as a young model, her mother would send money earnt from modelling in the US to her family back home in Holland. “There are so many girls who come [from] all over the world and work their arses off and send money home to their families like my mother did, and I wanted to stand next to them backstage and for them to look at me and respect me and to know that it’s never about me trying to overshadow or take their place. So when I started out I wanted to prove myself so badly that sometimes I would overwork myself.”

Although there are many daughters-of, and girls born into financial fortunate who dream of modelling careers, few actually reach the lofty heights of Hadid. There is run-of-the-mill, girl-next-door pretty. The pretty that you remember from high school, but then there is that otherworldly look-twice beautiful – the attribute of inhabiting a beauty that is undeniable and to many, undefinable. Input the scientific standards of beauty: large eyes, high cheekbones, a symmetrical face and blonde hair (which even the ancient Greeks would succumb to with dyes) and more – and out will pop Gigi Hadid. But Hadid won’t be talking about her own beauty. Obviously. She’s too focused on self-improvement for that. “You know that people say I shouldn’t be on the runway? I’ve got a lot better at dealing with that and wanting to better myself.” She pauses. “That’s my motivation.”

And beauty, as we are correctly reminded, is bestowed but not earnt, though if she could, Hadid would be getting bonus points for the way she is so intensely committed to making the most of it anyway for her modelling career. She has obsessed with the minutiae of modelling and how to improve how she appears on camera, and is at ease talking about adding more. “Now I can see an image and know where I can enhance the photo rather than just be in it,” she says. “And being on set, it’s interesting to see the different ways people work, and trying to crack their personalities.” In an earlier episode of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Yolanda congratulates Hadid on a recent shoot. She is reticent about receiving the praise, reminding her mother of how much more she needs to do. Her competitive streak is less to do with other people than herself.

“Perfectionism can be a good thing, but it always comes with a level of pain too, right?” she says sagely. I realise she’s referring to her own pursuit of perfection, but on the flip side, her comment could also relate to her own physical perfection. Perfection does come with a level of pain. There must be a burden in being upheld as both beautiful and privileged. “No-one wakes up feeling like woman of the year,” Hadid told Jimmy Fallon on his talk show last year. And although she made the comment with a note of jest, that in itself reveals its own truth.

What makes Hadid stand out from the rest of those who are just beautiful, though, is her taking a stand, and her fearlessness in doing so. While chatting to her fans (who call themselves #GiForce) on Twitter, she has called out false headlines, hit back at people who criticised her body (she has been outrageously critiqued both for being too thin and too big) and tweeted about the importance of more gun control in the US as well as the need for Palestinians and Israelis to coexist without violence, which spurred heated responses. “Social media is one of the most frustrating and twisted things … everything’s taken and read the wrong way because tweets can never show real depth,” she tweeted after the furore.

She spoke to Vogue the day after the tweets, and was more contemplative. “There’s a tug of war between who you are and what you feel naturally passionate about and wanting to stand up for yourself, then also understanding that you can’t please everyone and that you need to protect yourself in a way.”

Attention of the level she’s now exposed to is relatively new, with Hadid appearing on magazine covers and in music videos with former paramours, who, incidentally, are all singers, like Zayn Malik (they broke up earlier this year), Joe Jonas and Australian Cody Simpson, and photo shoots with her siblings, fellow supermodel Bella Hadid and younger brother Anwar. “There is no handbook for being in the spotlight,” she says ruefully.

Hadid and Malik confirmed their break-up via co-ordinated social media posts. A week later, she tweeted: “Can’t believe that in 2018 the press can still make up and print false stories … but more sad that people still continue to believe that trash. Click-bait and headlines are made to create drama where there is none when outlets have nothing else to write about.”

Aware of the nature of celebrity, she is resigned that although people may think they know what she really is like, what they see are only the briefest glimpses, a glimmer of the real Gigi Hadid. “I feel misunderstood in a lot of ways. I’ve tried for the length of my career to show who I am and what’s important to me but I’m trying to remember that I can’t meet everyone and prove myself to everyone, so therefore I have to accept that there are going to be misunderstandings.”

She is beautiful, sure – you can’t avoid saying that, as clichéd as it is, but she is also a nature girl, who loves to cook and ride horses, who wants to see her mum, who shies away from celebrity, who misses the discussions she had in university, who loves painting and playing volleyball. And more, we’re sure, but she’s not letting up just yet – a form of protection, perhaps. “Until you really get to know me, the thing is you just don’t know,” she says. And with that, our time is up. She’ll thank me using my name politely yet with a gentle firmness. Because she wants to go back to the garden, to ride the horses, and to the kitchen, where she’ll put on her apron. And she’ll switch her phone off.

This article will appear in Vogue Australia’s July 2018 issue, on sale Monday, June 25.

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Gigi Hadid chats with Jimmy about her obsession with Kobe Bryant and the Lakers, being Glamour’s Woman of the Year and using her Stewart Weitzman shoe lines, the EyeLove and EyeLoveMore, to build new schools in Guatemala, Ghana and Laos.

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As we all know now, Gigi was nominated one of the 2017 Women of the Year by Glamour Magazine along with Nicole Kidman, Solange Knowles, Samantha Bee and Maxine Waters. Read the full Gigi article and the photoshoot below:

The first time most of us saw Gigi Hadid was on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. In one early cameo, the oldest daughter of model Yolanda Hadid and real-estate developer Mohamed Hadid is on set for a Guess ad campaign. A model since the age of “maybe three,” her mom says, the 17-year-old seems more excited about her upcoming birthday party than the job at hand. And then she steps in front of the camera: She moves with an arresting, comes-from-within confidence; her eyes—an otherworldly shade of blue-green—are super-smized. “Gigi’s got ‘it,’” Yolanda says. “She’s taking off.”

In the five years since, Gigi Hadid didn’t just take off—she took over. She’s racked up both commercial success (Victoria’s Secret, Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue, a forthcoming collection with Maybelline) and industry cred (the cover of Vogue, walking the Tom Ford show). At only 22, she has 36 million Insta­gram followers and co-designs Tommy x Gigi, a best-selling collection with Tommy Hilfiger. It’s all been enough to make her one of the ­highest-paid models in the world, according to Forbes.

Lucky? Sure, and she’s quick to admit it. “I was obviously very blessed growing up,” she says when we connect after an unrelenting Fashion Month that had her strutting down runways in New York, London, Milan, and Paris. But ask anyone who knows her well, and they’ll disprove any preconceived notions. “She is genuinely a thoughtful and present person, who, in the middle of the chaos, never wavers in being completely lovely,” says Moschino creative director Jeremy Scott, who cast Hadid in her first runway show, back in 2014. “Gigi has a dedication to her job, and a love for it.” Actress and 2012 Glamour Woman of the Year Lena Dunham first met Hadid through Taylor Swift (“a great connector,” she notes). “I have to admit I didn’t expect to have a ton in common with Gigi,” Dunham says. “She’s almost a decade younger than I am. She grew up among glitterati in Los Angeles. She’s a supermodel. But from the moment we met—or maybe five minutes later, when she announced her fantasy of taking a nap inside a loaf of bread—I was like, ‘Holy crap. That’s my kind of girl.’ Gigi is open, giggly, wise and hardworking…. I am lucky to have in her a fierce role model.”

It’s a fierceness Hadid credits to being the first-born of two immigrants. (Yolanda emigrated from Holland in her teens—“she sent all of the money she made back home,” Gigi says—and Mohamed was born in Palestine.) “Both of my parents came from very humble beginnings and worked very, very hard,” she says. “It seems natural for them to have instilled that in their children.” And yet it’s rarely part of the story told about her. “When I started working in fashion, it was like, ‘Gigi, the all-American.’ I was very much that ‘girl next door,’” she says, “but if you read my interviews, I always talk about my parents’ cultural backgrounds.”

There’s something else she likes to talk about: social and political issues. While a previous generation of models typically kept quiet, Hadid, who studied criminal psychology for two years at New York City’s The New School before pursuing modeling full-time, understands the power of the audience she’s built. “I want to be the person who always uses my platform to share what I’m passionate about, but it’s also scary and something I’ve learned to be cautious about” she says. But when she decides she has something worth saying, Hadid goes hard. She’s spoken out about gun control, and back in January, when President Trump signed an executive order that suspended immigration to the U.S. from seven Muslim countries, she and her sister, Bella, marched in protest with a sign that read, “We are all Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, Atheists, Christians, Jews” with letters highlighted to spell out the word humans.

Of course, visibility has its downside. (And dating someone as hounded as ex–One Direction singer Zayn Malik only adds to the glare.) And last fall things became downright threatening: A man she didn’t know grabbed her amid a scrum of Milan Fashion Week photographers. Hadid swiftly elbowed him in the face, a move some media outlets criticized. Still, she refused to back down. “I felt I was in danger, and I had every right to react the way I did,” she wrote in Lenny. “I want girls to…know that they have the right to fight back too.” The piece resonated—“Badass, good for you,” wrote one reader. And in an era in which women are still told harassment can be the unsavory side effect of “old dinosaurs learning new ways,” that’s just the kind of badass we need.

So what should someone as accessible, as popular, as undeniably on fire as Gigi Hadid do next? Anything she wants. “If something’s inspiring me, I’ll push myself harder to get there,” she says. One thing’s for certain: She’ll continue to buck expectations. Says Dunham: “She’s a smart blond. She’s a model who doesn’t give a crap about being steeped in mystery. And in a selfish business, she makes empowering others her goal. Gigi defies every darn stereotype.”

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We have added x09 scans of Gigi’s british Vogue cover, plus the (untagged) photoshoot by Patrick Demarchelier to the gallery. Also check out the “What Would Gigi Do?” interview video below…

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Gigi Hadid is British Vogue’s January cover star. Making her debut for the magazine, Hadid wears a jumper by British high-street brand Topshop on the cover, along with a Bally leather jacket, while inside the issue she talks candidly about her meteoric rise – which many attribute to her success on social media.

“I don’t change anything about myself – what I post just works,” she told us. “When people are different on social media than they are in real life, it becomes forced. Cara Delevingne was never scared of being weird. She opened that door for me. But I don’t think I just get hired because I have Instagram followers. My jobs are also what gets me followers.”

Kendall Jenner, another model whose 2015 has been unprecedentedly successful, is a close friend of Hadid’s and – although many people compare them, having both first found fame on reality television shows – Hadid revealed that they are actually quite different as people.

“Kendall’s more guarded. I’m more feisty,” she said. “I don’t want to say outgoing, because she is really outgoing once you get to know her. And when we’re both having fun, she makes me a lot more spontaneous. It’s a good balance. But neither of us likes to stay out past 11.”

Hadid – who made her Victoria’s Secret show debut last month – recently made headlines for taking on online bullies who were criticising her figure and claiming she was curvier than her catwalk contemporaries. Feisty as she claims to be, Hadid continues to show her detractors that their comments have no impact on the way she feels about herself or how she conducts her career.

“Yeah, I’m an athletic person. But I love my body because I know what it’s been through to be what it is, and honestly I’m not going to change for someone that is depressed about their life,” she said. “The Victoria’s Secret Angels aren’t going anywhere; I’m not going anywhere; plus-sized models aren’t going anywhere.”

The January issue is available Monday December 7, we will add scans as soon as we have them!

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You know and love and are obsessed with Gigi Hadid, and up until this point, you’ve probably been anxiously waiting for when and if she would finally walk in the Victoria’s Secret fashion show.

On Thursday, Gigi and her modeling agency posted heartwarming photos and videos on Instagram of the moment Gigi found out she will get to be a model in the show, which takes place Nov. 10 and airs on Dec. 8.

It really comes as a surprise to no one because girlfriend is a top model and gorgeous, but understandably so, this was quite an emotional moment for Gigi, who says in her caption that it’s been her dream forever.

… and no one was happier than her beau, Joe Jonas, 26, who will be happily sitting in the front row of her debut show pleased as punch! Joe soon retweeted Gigi’s news with his own message saying, “so happyfor you.” And boy can’t he wait to cheer his girlfriend on! Awwwwww

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The heart eye emojis never stop flowing when it comes to Gigi Hadid and Joe Jonas, who have swiftly become one of the cutest couples in Hollywood. When they’re not being super cute on Instagram, they’re being the most supportive boyfriend and girlfriend in existence.

Obviously, GIJoe is a regular topic of conversation whenever Gigi and Joe are out promoting their solo projects, and luckily, they’re still in that fuzzy, lovey-dovey new stage of their relationship where they’re open to talking about it.

So when Joe was out promoting his awesome new band DNCE at the iHeartRadio music festival over the weekend, E!Online asked him to describe Gigi in one word, and that word (that he thought of instantly, mind you) will melt your heart and turn you into a ​literal​ heart eye emoji.

That word: “Happiness”

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We have added x04 photos of Gigi in a photoshoot for Magazine Antidote SS 2015 by Daniel Sannwald …

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Just before New Year’s Day, Gigi Hadid received an extraordinary gift. While on a routine visit to her agency, IMG, the up-and-coming model’s agent handed her a present to unwrap. Inside the box was a contract finalizing Hadid’s role as the newest face of Maybelline.

Recalling the moment over the phone to Vogue yesterday, her excitement was palpable. After all, signing with the iconic American beauty house represents a career milestone for the 19-year-old Californian—but it also brings her full circle. “In middle school, I wasn’t allowed to wear makeup,” she explains, “I secretly bought Maybelline’s SuperStay 24HR concealer at CVS. I thought it was the coolest thing in the world.” So cool, in fact, that she still keeps a bottle in her bag to this day.

Starting this morning, she’ll have access to more than just concealer: Hadid, who kicked off her career as a Guess Kids model at age two, has soaked up a lifetime of beauty advice on set—and she’s ready to put it to good use with the company’s vibrant arsenal of high-impact eye shadows and lipsticks, as well as its skin-warming bronzers and lash-lengthening mascaras.

In an effort to shake up her routine every few months, she says, “I pay attention to how every makeup artist does everything.” For example, after noticing how a wash of nude eye shadow made her eyes appear more open and their green color pop, she recently incorporated the technique into her own repertoire, mimicking the shape (“more round than winged”) and the brushes used to get the look. “You have to try different things to see what you like best.”

Luckily for Hadid, the fun is just beginning: The model—who has already walked the Chanel runway, starred in the Pirelli Calendar, and played a pivotal role in the re-creation of one memorable Vogue cover—will debut her first Maybelline ad this October. Not that you’ll have to wait that long to see her in action. We predict she will be sharing every beauty adventure on Instagram with her 1.5 million followers—meaning your feed is about to get that much more colorful.

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