Gigi Hadid: 'Shooting Vogue cover was surreal'
Gigi Hadid found the photoshoot for her first American Vogue cover to be a "surreal" moment.
The model posed for famed photographer Mario Testino for the August (16) issue, starring alongside Olympic decathlete Ashton Eaton in the sport-inspired shoot. The accompanying editorial features the 21-year-old supermodel leaping and jumping as gracefully as her Olympian counterpart, in Versace couture and Fenty Puma by Rihanna heels.
As a keen athlete and equestrian growing up, the dynamic style of the shoot was a natural fit for Gigi. But the star felt very humbled to be selected to appear on the cover, almost two years after she recreated Anna Wintour’s first Vogue cover starring Michaela Bercu.
"I'm so grateful and honoured, and it’s brought me to tears many times this week," she told Vogue Bookings Director Helena Suric in a podcast interview. "I think what Anna (Wintour)’s amazing at is putting people in situations on set that will bring out natural storylines and therefore make incredible photos."
The cover shoot was photographed in Santa Barbara, California, near Ashton's training ground. The location also had a special significance for Gigi as it was very close to where she grew up.
"Obviously that was a very special moment, for me that was very surreal," she recalled. I brought my mom (Yolanda Hadid), and after we shot that day, we went and saw the horses that the old barn that I used to ride at when I was a kid, so it was a good weekend."
The blonde beauty, who is currently dating singer Zayn Malik, added that she believes the key to her continuing success in nabbing top fashion jobs is her professionalism on set. Gigi tries to give the utmost respect to everyone she works with and reveals that her motto is: "Be kind, work hard, and make a friend".
"I've always worked my hardest to someone people like to be on set with," she explained. "Be someone that people want to push for the next day when they go into a meeting or something of that sort and I think that leads to more opportunities."