Gigi Hadid admits she is a nepo baby

‘I’m a nepotism baby’: Gigi Hadid admits her privileged upbringing led to her modelling success and says she’s ‘not the prettiest person in the world’

Gigi Hadid has admitted it was her privileged upbringing which led to her worldwide modelling success and claims she’s ‘not the prettiest person in the world’ 

Having starring on 35 covers of Vogue and walking the runway at the most high profile fashion shows, she has said she needed some help to get to the top. 

Nepotism babies – or ‘nepo babies’ as they are often called – have taken 2023 by storm, referring to celebrity offspring who land easily in the world of showbiz, such as Brooklyn Beckham.

Gigi, (real name Jelena), 27, is the daughter of Dutch model Yolanda Hadid, a former model turned interior designer and star of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

Her father is Palestinian-born property developer Mohamed Hadid (her parents divorced when she was five), while famous siblings Bella and Anwar are also models. 

Famous family: Gigi Hadid has admitted her privileged upbringing with former model mother Yolanda (left) and property tycoon Mohamed (right) helped her achieve fame, (pictured in 2018) 

Model: Gigi has starred on 35 covers of Vogue and has 77 million Instagram followers 

In an interview with the Sunday Times, Gigi was candidly open about her background, saying: ‘Technically I’m a nepotism baby. My parents came from very little.

‘I’ve always acknowledged that I come from privilege.

‘My parents told me, “Just because you have parents who were successful, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t walk into the job being as nice and as hard-working as you can be.”‘ 

She added that she doesn’t think she is the ‘prettiest person in the world’ and could ‘probably do’ with some Botox. 

Gigi, who was most recently romantically linked to Leonardo DiCaprio, claimed her first modelling gig at the age of just two with Guess. 

The supermodel was raised on a ranch in Santa Barbara before moving to Beverley Hills. 

In 2014 she made her runway debut at New York Fashion Week and has since walked for Chanel, Versace and Fendi.

She now boasts over 77 million Instagram followers and reportedly earned almost $10million in 2018. 

‘Technically, I’m a nepotism baby’: The term ‘nepo baby’ has been a topic of great interest in 2023 and Gigi openly credits her fame and success in the modelling world to her Ford Model-turned-Real Housewife of Beverly Hills mother (L) and real estate millionaire father, Mohamed (R)

Sister models: Gigi (left) and Bella (right) Hadid have both announced new collaborations – Gigi with Maybelline and Bella with Charlotte Tilbury

Nepo babies:  Gigi Hadid, Anwar Hadid, Yolanda Foster and Bella Hadid are pictured in New York City in 2015

Motherhood; Next in Fashion co-host Gigi is so grateful to be a young mother to her two-year-old daughter Khai, (pictured in February with mother Yolanda Hadid)

Her other love: The IMG Model – turning 28 next month – has said she is ‘so glad’ to be a young mom (pictured in January)

Amicable exes: Gigi used to be in a relationship with Zayn Malik – they co-parent their two-year-old daughter Khai, (pictured in March 2021) 

Keeping busy: As well as being a mother and a successful model, Gigi replaced Alexa Chung as co-host of the second season of Netflix’s Next in Fashion alongside Queer Eye’s Tan France

The Guest in Residence founder-creative director famously replaced Alexa Chung as co-host of the second season of Netflix’s 10-episode $250K design competition Next in Fashion alongside Queer Eye’s Tan France. 

Gigi admitted she did not get the role easily, with Netflix putting her through a tough audition process to land the job.  

‘@netflix Top 5 in 24 hrs!’ Gigi – who boasts 83.7M social media followers – gushed on Saturday.

The model, who has in the past dated Joe Jonas, also dated ex-One Direction member Zayn Malik on and off for six years. 

The couple share a daughter, two-year-old Khai, who Gigi says they amicably co-parent. She recently shared that her daughter ‘loves’ eating British food. 

The pair split in 2021 after Zayn’s infamous altercation with her mother for which he received 360-day probation and was ordered to complete anger management and domestic violence programs. 

Gigi most recently announced a partnership with make-up brand Maybelline, while her sister Bella has become the face of luxury cosmetics Charlotte Tilbury. 

Their younger brother Anwar, 23, previously dated pop star Dua Lipa before calling it quits in December 2021. 

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