Gigi Hadid


"I’m from Malibu, California. Once I tell people they’re like, ‘Oh of course you’re from Malibu; that makes sense.’ I guess I am your typical just-graduated-high-school-in-Malibu type of girl. Our school was just across from Zuma beach, and we all wore Lululemons and bathing suit tops to go to the grocery store—no makeup, no shoes. Everything there is pretty laid back.

I’m 19 now and I go to The New School in New York, where I study Criminal Psychology. My first week of second semester was during fashion week when my first editorials in CR Fashion Book and Sports Illustrated came out. It was crazy! I had never done anything racy like that before, but the Sports Illustrated pictures aren’t too bad...I’m not naked. It’s funny because right when I met my boyfriend is when I found out that I was doing it. Obviously I couldn’t talk about it before that because I didn’t want to go around being like, ‘Oh yeah, I had a meeting with Sports Illustrated,’—that would be embarrassing if I didn’t end up getting it. But once it came out he was pretty excited. [Laughs]

My agent, Luiz pushes me to do things that I never thought that I would’ve been able to do. He’ll tell me that I’m going to shoot with Steven Meisel, and I’m like, ‘What are you talking about? Steven Meisel is never going to want to shoot me.’ He just makes things happen and believes in me more than I believe in myself, which encourages me to have bigger goals. Like going to meet Carine Roitfeld—like…what?!

This is an industry with a lot of creative people doing really different things, so I try to study high fashion and understand what the people I'm working with want out of a shoot. My mom was a model, so she’s been really good about giving me tips on how to navigate behind the scenes—like the importance of being nice to everyone on set and remembering people’s names, to how to be a positive part of the photo shoot and stuff like that. Another person I’ve looked up to my whole life is Candice Swanepoel—she’s my favorite supermodel ever. I’ve never told her that I’ve always been obsessed with her, but I think she’s amazing and I’d always loved how she was doing Victoria’s Secret and still walking at fashion week at the same time. I thought that was really cool. It’s good to know how to be sexy, but something I'm still trying to work on is learning how to not be sexy, because that’s an important part of growing as a model.

It’s funny because in real life you’ll see me at a party in, like, boyfriend jeans and a t-shirt and heels. I’m not really one to put on a push-up bra or short shorts or tight little mini dresses, I get all of that out with work. That’s how I use up my girly-girl side; I’m not as feminine in my everyday life. I’m really competitive—I’m an athlete and played volleyball all through high school—so working out is fun for me. My trainer will tell me the women’s records for different things at the gym, and I'll have to beat one by the end of the day or I won’t leave.

I lived in a tour bus with my boyfriend in Europe, sleeping in bunk beds and eating McDonalds every day. When I got back I wasn’t feeling amazing and had to have a vegetable. New York is great for being healthy—I have a Juice Press right around the corner and I make my own food all the time. But burgers and fries are my weakness.

I don’t wash my hair every day, which is what keeps it healthy because that way it doesn’t dry out. Being on the beach all the time gave me my original highlights, but I get some balayage highlights on top so then when it grows out you can’t tell it's been colored. It’s definitely LA, balayage. It’s a low-maintenance way to be blonde—way easier than having to go to the salon all the time. I only go every six months or so.

I’ve always used John Frieda; their blonde stuff is really good. The Sheer Blonde Everlasting Blonde Shampoo makes my hair really soft, but I’m not sure that it actually makes it blonder. I use the GHD Smooth and Finish Serum—all of the GHD tools and serums are really great. Also I use Wella Ocean Spritz Beach Texture Hairspray—you spray it in and then just mess your hair up. For baby hairs, I have a face brush from Sephora [ed note: discontinued] that I spray with hairspray to push back anything leftover from when I pull it all into a ponytail, but I guess you could use a toothbrush. And I have my big jar of Emi-Jay Hair Ties, which is a company started by two girls I know from childhood. They’re cool because they’re colorful, so you can match them to your outfit. Oh God, I really am so California. [Laughs]

I wash my face with the cheap stuff from CVS. Whenever I run out I just go and pick whichever one I think looks the coolest or smells good. Right now it’s the St. Ives Invigorating Apricot Scrub. Then I use Eucerin Intensive Repair Very Dry Skin Lotion for my body…and for my face [Laughs]—that’s embarrassing. For deodorant I like the clear gel because I can’t have any of that white residue when I’m working. Secret Flawless Clear deodorant has really good scents, so I use that mostly. Crest's Complete Multi-Benefit Gel in Cinnamon Expressions is another thing I always get at CVS. I really like it. The only product I’ll spend money on is Fresh's Sugar Lemon Bath & Shower Gel. It’s my favorite thing in the world—it just smells so good.

I was in the campaign, so I have the Tom Ford Velvet Orchid perfume, but that’s for nighttime because it’s definitely not a light fragrance. It’s what I’ll wear if I have a really cool event to go to. Tom was actually there and really active on all the shoots I’ve done for the brand. It was cool to see someone at the top of a company like that so involved—he called every shot from the makeup to whether or not he liked a certain pair of tights. He dresses really well, too.

I start off with Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation in O13. My mom uses it, so I just went along. I put it on with a Tarte Buffer Airbrush Finish Bamboo Foundation Brush—they actually work really nice together. The Aqua Foundation is nice because it doesn’t cake and it just brightens my skin. It’s also light enough, so you can still see my freckles. If I have blemishes I use Maybelline SuperStay 24 Hour Wear Concealer, which I bought at the drugstore a few years ago. For blush, currently it’s Jouer's Mineral Powder Blush in Blossom, simply because I like the color. My favorite mascara is the Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Spectacular Volume & Curl Mascara in Black 090—the brush is bent! I use it with a Covergirl Makeup Masters Eyelash Curler.

If I’m going to an event, Charlotte Tilbury has a contouring and highlighting palette called Filmstar Bronze & Glow that I love, and I’ll also use the MAC Brow Set in Clear. Sometimes I do liquid eyeliner—Urban Decay's 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner is nice because it has such a pointy end that it kind of makes the line for you. Then, after I do all my makeup, if it starts feeling a little dry or flat, I will use this Epicuren Protein Mist Enzyme Toner to make my skin look fresher and break it up a little bit.

I haven’t done an actual nude shoot yet, but I might do it when I’m older. Ellen von Unwerth shot the Guess campaign that just came out, which isn’t the sexiest thing I’ve done, but it’s pretty sexy…there’s cleavage. Paul Marciano was actually the one who discovered me back when I was a friend of his daughter’s in preschool. He had me model for Baby Guess and Guess Kids, and then I stopped because my mom wanted me to have a normal life. Eileen Ford discovered her when she was only 16, so she wanted to hold me back and actually not letting me sign until I was 17 was probably the best thing my mom has done for me. I learned to accept myself as my own person and worked on other skills before jumping into an industry that's really judgmental and that isn’t permanent. People could hate me tomorrow, but I'll still be a student and a really good volleyball player—and maybe I’d have time to start riding horses again."

—as told to ITG

Gigi Hadid photographed by Tom Newton on July 21, 2014 in New York.

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  • Devin

    Is that honey girl organics cream in the gold jar?? Perricones products are great as well!

  • Devin

    And I can totally relate to her candice swanepoel obsession. Please do a top shelf on her ITG!! :-)

  • Katy

    Awww, she seems like such a sweetie.

    • JY

      Yeah, just a nice girl enjoying her life.

  • Leigha

    Would love to know where she gets her balayage done??

  • Dana

    Oh my word. Best Monday morning in a long time. Love Gigi! And her family is so intriguing & gorgeous.

  • sara

    ITG, please keep Top Shelfs on Monday again! It's so much better on the start of the week for some reason, haha.

  • Lauren

    Slow clap for the framed photo of Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid. Gigi, you and I could be friends.

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  • starryhye

    Love Gigi - and her mom! She sounds like she's got her head on straight. Great Top Shelf :D

    • kathS

      Yolanda top shelf! Love Yolanda and all of the Hadids :)

      • starryhye

        Omg, can you imagine!?! Yolanda is one classy lady; her Top Shelf would be *insane*!!!

        • BuffyAnneSummers97

          ok- I knew i was missing a trick! I had never heard of her mother or family- they're not big in the UK- but googling Yolanda Hadid made it make sense. Thanks for the clues guys! Ha ha

  • Clever Girl Reviews

    I think I'm more intrigues with the products she didn't mention in the bathroom! She's got a great look especially the hair.

  • Paige

    Gosh I adore Gigi! She is just perfection, so comfortable with being who she is, and not afraid of a bit of hard work, that's what makes a real role model!

  • Yasmeen Mjalli

    Wow, after following Gigi on Instagram and seeing her from afar for so long it's really refreshing to see how easily I relate to her! I love her insistence on balancing between a "normal" life and her modeling career. I also respect that she hasn't jumped head-into her work and hopes to shoot nudes later on. She's pacing herself and is keeping herself grounded. Beautiful and bubbly.

    • Janet Lee

      Yeah, I like that she's really into volleyball, so I was disappointed to hear her mother trying to discourage her from training. Good for Gigi for saying "Modelling is my job, volleyball is my sport."

  • Neeltje

    Gigi is so pretty and she looks like a really nice girl :) x

  • Eliza

    She seems really down-to-earth and grounded--and I love Candice as well. And that St. Ives scrub is the best thing you can buy for $3, I'm obsessed.

  • Lindsey

    I hate to be the bearer of bad news but every dermatologist I've ever spoken to has told me that the St. Ives Apricot Scrub is TERRIBLE for your face. It causes micro-tears in the skin, which can then let in bacteria, which as we all know is BRILLIANT for the skin*. Do with that info what you will, but you know if Caroline Hirons agrees, it's basically gospel.

    *it's not brilliant for the skin

    • Eliza

      Whaaaat???? I love that stuff haha,you've broken my heart (but at least it was cheap). Does that mean all exfoliants are bad for your face?! I NEED to exfoliate at least once a week or my face feels like burlap.

      • Layla Corcoran

        Real exfoliants are not scrubs imo. Look for alpha hydroxy acids.

      • georgeandbear

        You should try a chemical exfoliant instead - something with AHA or BHAs, or glycolic acid. They're much better for your skin.

        But definitely avoid the St Ives scrub. It's horrible stuff.

      • pamb

        Using a washcloth or face brush (even a manual one from the drugstore) is exfoliating your skin. Now that microbeads are bad for the environment, I don't have anything else to recommend!

      • Kaitlin Brunsden

        Mario Badescue kiwi scrub or almond and honey scrub or the strawberry one!

      • lucky

        st ives makes aha pads that are a gentle and affordable way to get into chemical exfoliants

    • beeswaxnoneofyour

      I used to use that, when my beauty universe was basically Walgreens and Target in the 80s and 90s. Totally agree. That stuff is liquid coarse sandpaper. If you've got non-reactive, non break-out prone skin I'd just whip one up at home from olive oil, coconut oil or jojoba oil and sugar.

    • pamb

      Well, she is young, so her skin is more resistant! Although you never outgrow that 'scrub your face off' urge...

    • Jenine

      Every DR who has looked at me and woman who has done a facial on me said to absolutely never use St. Ives Apricot scrub. It is so bad for your skin. Use a good facial cleanser/exfoliant from Estee Lauder or Lancôme for your skin type. This trick to exfoliate my skin on the rest of my body is to use Extra Emollient Night Cream by Mary Kay. I wash my hands in hot water with soap then get a large dab of the cream with about a tbsp. of sugar. Cream first then sugar all over body to scrub off all the dead skin. I scrub my arms, legs, feet, elbows, etc. Afterwards use Mary Kay body cleanser and then Mary Kay body moisturizer. For really dry areas like hands, feet, and so on I will use the Mary Kay Extra Emollient Cream. I live very far north so it is a must.

  • Chesley

    Cool, can we please get a piece on balayage?

  • nooneputsbabyinthecorner

    Gigi seems pretty fab, can we get a Yolanda Foster Top Shelfie next, please?

  • Rachel

    Love Gigi! And so jeal of that hair – amazing texture! That laidback, surfer Malibu beach vibe is killing me. (swoon)

  • LB

    Please do a Top Shelf with Yolanda!!

  • Layla Corcoran

    What is balayage?

    • BuffyAnneSummers97

      Highlights are applied by 'painting' the hair with colour on a brush rather than the other technique with the foil cap. It gives a more natural look, it's pretty cool.

      • beeswaxnoneofyour

        Adding, they paint the hair where the sun naturally would hit your head which is why it tends to look more natural.

  • CherHorowitz

    Of course she loves Candice! Before I read the piece I was thinking how much she has that Candice vibe in her pictures.

  • Anoushé

    She is sooooooooooo cute! I love her and her mom so much - main reason I watched Real Housewives... they are so down to earth and such beautiful souls

  • jelena

    ah, this is why i love intothegloss so much and recommend this site to everyone i know!! because of this site, i now know what my favorite models (miranda & now gigi) use and it is awesome!
    please do a candice one!

  • Emma and Emily

    Love this article so much. She seems like such an amazing girl.

  • Kathryn

    I love this but strange she doesn't actually wear any Tom Ford makeup?

    • Nae

      Eh, outside of photo shoots, models tend to wear what they like. I think there's a difference between being a model and being a brand ambassador, as well.

  • Holland

    I would love to see a female surfer on here :)

  • Grace

    hey i just stumbled upon it by chance! its an australian brand called finders keepers, and looks like its actually a dress. heres an aussie link, so you can see it for sale :)

  • jojog

    shes the best

  • Mapгapитa Бaбoвниковa

    yes, it's just your body slowly killing you

  • Sue

    Nice interview


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