She’s walked for Tom Ford, Versace, Balmain (and pretty much every major designer), graced the covers of major magazines and been the face of global brands including Guess and Tommy Hilfiger; not to mention starring in three Victoria’s Secret shows since 2015.
Gigi Hadid is one of the most famous models in the world.
But it seems that’s not enough for some people, who claim her success is purely down to the fact that she was born into a privileged family – Gigi’s mum Yolanda is a model and reality TV star and her dad, Mohamed, is a luxury real estate developer.
But speaking in Sydney, 23-year-old Gigi said the only way her parents have helped her is by teaching her a strong work ethic. She said: “People say that I don’t deserve to be where I am because I come from this successful family, but my parents were f***ing hardworking.
“My dad was a refugee. My mum was on a farm, went to New York, and worked to send money back to her family. They worked their a***s off, and they’ve given me a life because of their hard work, and I work hard to honour that.”
She added, “I shouldn’t stay in my house because people say, ‘You don’t deserve to be here because they were successful.’ That’s not how I consider it in my house.”
It’s not the first time Gigi has had to respond to critics – she’s previously had to deal with body-shaming and comments about her fluctuating weight. Each time, she’s responded with grace and honesty like the absolute queen that she is. Major respect.