The gorgeous Gigi Hadid talks with Into The Gloss about career, school, and beauty.
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]
Eileen Ford discovered [my mother] 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.»