Gigi Hadid’s Evolution From Awkward Kid to Catwalk Queen

Gigi Hadid is one of the modeling world’s top “It” girls.

The 22-year-old daughter of Mohammed Hadid and Yolanda Hadid has gone from a cute kid to a stunning runway model and member of a growing entourage of hot young stars.

Gigi, whose name is actually Jelena, has lived a charmed life as the daughter of a big wig real estate developer and the Dutch model. Prior to being the runway’s go-to girl, she was a sporty kid, playing varsity volleyball and being a competitive horseback rider while in high school.

In 2013, she moved to New York City to study criminal psychology at the New School but quickly but her education on hold to pursue her modeling career. By February 2014, the model had already made it to New York Fashion Week. Later that month, she got a big break, landing the cover of CR Fashion Book magazine. In July 2014, she and fellow celebri-kid, Patrick Schwarzenegger, starred in Tom Ford’s Eyewear autumn/winter campaign.

In January 2015, Gigi was named the Daily Front Row‘s Model of the Year and she became a Maybelline brand ambassador. The next month she became the first model to cover the CR Fashion Book for a second time. By May 2015, Hadid had walked the runway for designers including Marc Jacobs, Chanel, Michael Kors, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Max Mara.

In 2016, the Los Angeles native 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 2017, the former athlete was featured on four March 2017 Vogue covers: United States, Britain, China, and the inaugural Arabia edition. In May 2017, she graced the covers of the Netherlands editions of Vogue, Cosmopolitan and Glamour, as well as the June/July 2017 cover of the US Harper’s Bazaar.  During Fall/Winter 2017 Fashion Week in New York, Milan and Paris, Hadid opened the shows for Jeremy Scott, Anna Sui, Versus, Alberta Ferretti, Missoni, H&M and Balmain. The top model closed the shows for Isabel Marant, Moschino, Max Mara and Anna Sui.

See Gigi’s evolution from awkward kid to stunning top model…