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Jelena Noura "Gigi" Hadid (born April 23, 1995) is an American fashion model who is signed to IMG Models since 2013. In November 2014, Hadid made her debut in the Top 50 Models ranking at Models.com.
Jelena Noura Hadid was born in Los Angeles to real estate developer Mohamed Hadid and former model Yolanda Hadid (née Van den Herik).
Her mother is Dutch, and her father is Palestinian. Through her father she claims descent from Daher Al Omer, Prince of Nazareth and the Sheik of Galilee.
Hadid has two younger siblings, a sister, Bella, and a brother, Anwar, both of whom are also models. She has two older paternal half-sisters, Marielle and Alana.
In 2013, Hadid graduated from Malibu High School, where she was captain of the varsity volleyball team as well as a competitive horseback rider.
1997–2012: Early work
Hadid's modeling career began when she was two years old after being discovered by Paul Marciano of Guess clothing.
She started modeling with Baby Guess before stopping to concentrate on school. Hadid eventually returned to modeling in 2011.
She resumed working with Marciano, and was named the face of a Guess campaign in 2012. Hadid has shot three campaigns with Guess as an adult.
After moving to New York City and signing to IMG Models in 2013, Hadid made her New York Fashion Week debut in February 2014 walking for Desigual's show.
In the same month, she got her break in high fashion on the cover of CR Fashion Book magazine
2015–2016: Model of the Year first American Vogue cover
Hadid appeared in the 2015 Pirelli calendar. In that same year, Hadid was also the brand ambassador for Australian fashion swimwear label Seafolly.
In January 2015, she was named the Daily Front Row's Model of the Year, and a Maybelline brand ambassador.
In March 2015, Hadid and her boyfriend at the time, Cody Simpson, featured as a part of fashion photographer Mario Testino project called "Towel Series."
Hadid has appeared on magazine covers, including Vogue (United States, Paris, Italy, Britain, Japan, Spain, Australia, Brazil, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, China)
Hadid started off the Spring/Summer campaign season – starring in Fendi and Moschino campaigns
The second Tommy Hilfiger and Hadid ready-to-wear collection was presented in February 2017 for the Spring season.
Hadid was the photographer of the Versus (Versace) Spring Summer 2017 campaign which featured singer Zayn Malik and model Adwoah Aboah.
She also photographed a special summer edition of V Magazine titled Gigi's Journal, which featured Polaroids of fashion industry colleagues, celebrities and close friends.
Hadid revealed in 2014 that she was diagnosed with Hashimoto's disease, and reiterated this in 2016
Media personality Vitalii Sediuk assaulted Hadid in 2016, and she was commended on how she defended herself from him.
In January 2017, after Donald Trump signed Executive Order 13780 which was described by media outlets as a "Muslim ban", Hadid and her sister, Bella, protested among others in New York City
In 2017, Hadid attempted to travel to China to participate in the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show but ultimately could not, as her visa was reportedly revoked after an online video showing her doing a slant-eyes gesture in imitation of Buddha was criticized as racist by Chinese internet users