When Gigi Hadid made her Fashion Week runway debut in 2014, the fashion world stood up and took notice, to say the very least. Although she began her modeling career at the tender age of two with Baby Guess, things really took off for the style star after she graduated from high school in California and made her way to New York City. In the fall of 2013, she set out to study criminal psychology at the New School but put her studies on hold because modeling jobs were causing her to miss a few too many classes. Just three years later, she was strolling across the stage to accept the British Fashion Award for Model of the Year from presenter Donatella Versace, and things haven’t slowed down for the style star one bit.
By mid-2018, she had 35 Vogue covers under her belt and the number keeps increasing. She has walked in hundreds of runway shows from New York to Paris and Milan (and back again), and tried her hand at design with sunglasses and footwear. She’s been honored for her humanitarian work on behalf of UNICEF and spoken out about the potential of social media to bring attention to critical world issues. And she’s certainly got a powerful following — with over 60 million followers on Instagram, Gigi’s got a huge platform to leverage in order to do some good in the world.
With her piercing eyes, killer cheekbones, and posing prowess, it’s no wonder she’s achieved so much in just a few short years. Along with her younger siblings, Bella and Anwar, and mother Yolanda, she’s helped to cement the Hadid family legacy as fashion royalty. We’ve had our eye on Gigi and her inimitable style since her debut, and watching her meteoric rise to the upper echelons of the industry has been nothing short of amazing. Below, watch Gigi’s style transformation from fresh-faced Cali girl to international modeling powerhouse.
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