Gigi Hadid always knew she'd become a model
Gigi Hadid had an innate interest in modelling from a very young age.
The American model’s career began when she was two years old after she was discovered by Paul Marciano of Guess. She made the decision to pursue fashion in 2013 when she moved to New York City and signed with IMG Models, picking up work for the likes of Tom Ford and CR Fashion Book.
While Gigi didn't initially know fashion stardom would be in her future, she did always feel she had an intrinsic feel for the industry.
"I was obsessed with photographers and where models were supposed to fit in. Obviously, I'm not taking iconic pictures as a six-year-old, but I studied models as part of an image, not just as a model, if that makes sense," she told America’s Allure magazine. "I first got inspiration for energy in a photo looking at those Tommy Hilfiger family-picture ads, where there were so many people and it looked like so much fun."
Part of Gigi’s rapid rise to success revolves around her use of social media to update her fans of her work and life. Boasting 25.3 million followers on Instagram, the 21-year-old realises she’s onto a good thing.
"I wish I had a strategy to (social media). I could write a book and make millions. But I never feel like I'm working when I'm doing social media. I guess I succeeded at it because it came naturally," the blonde beauty admitted.
Though Gigi, who is currently dating singer Zayn Malik, has worked very hard for her fame, she misses the anonymity of her teenage years, when she could walk the streets freely without being recognised. And she's still getting used to the idea of paparazzi being parked in front of her building, but she refuses to have full time security.
"I have security at the right times, but I also like to walk down the street by myself. I'm a Taurus; I'm hardheaded," she smiled.