You don’t have to be familiar with modeling to know who Gigi Hadid is. She’s probably one of the most sought-after faces in the modeling world, having graced the covers of top magazines from Vogue to Elle and Guess.
Her popularity as a fashion model has led to her appearances in other roles, including hosting award shows and in the music videos of stars such as Miguel and her dear friend Taylor Swift. Let’s explore details about her family and love life.
Gigi Hadid Father – Mohamed Hadid
Gigi Hadid was born on April 23, 1995, in Los Angeles, California, as a daughter of the father Mohamed Hadid and the mother Yolanda Hadid (née Van den Herik), a former Dutch-American model.
Gigi’s father, Mohamed Hadid, born November 6, 1948, in Nazareth, is a successful real estate developer. He has dual citizenship as a Jordanian-American citizen and is of Palestinian descent.
Mohamed moved around a lot as a child before his family finally settled in Washington DC, where his father Anwar Hadid worked at the Voice of America headquarters. He was 14 years old at the time. Gigi’s father attended North Carolina State University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
He began his career in the 1970s reselling restored classic cars in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. He then moved to Greece where he began running a nightclub. With the proceeds from his nightclub business, Gigi’s father began investing in real estate in America.
Mohamed’s real estate empire grew rapidly, and by the late 1980s, he was able to buy the Ritz-Carlton hotels in Washington and New York for $150 million. He then expanded his Ritz-Carlton operations to Houston, Arizona, and Aspen, where he reportedly outperformed Donald Trump on a few select lots that he bought for about $43 million.
Properties developed by Gigi Hadid’s father include the Bel Air villa Le Belvedere, The Crescent Palace and some other luxury properties in Bel Air and Beverley Hills.
Today his net worth is estimated at $200 million. Mohamed Hadid wrote his name into the history books in 1992 when he was the only Jordanian to participate in the Winter Olympics. He had represented his country in speed skiing.
Before he married Yolanda (Gigi’s mother) in 1994, Gigi’s father was first married to Mary Butler, and together they had two daughters, Alana Hadid and Marielle Hadid. His marriage to Butler ended in 1992, and after divorcing Yolanda in 2000, Mohamed began a relationship with model and businesswoman Shiva Safai, who was 33 years younger than him. They got engaged in 2014.
In February 2018 Mohamed was accused of rape by model Miranda Vee. Although he accepted to have met the young model, he denied the rape allegations that were made after the famous model Kate Upton accused Mohamed’s friend, Paul Marziano, the founder of Guess, of having sexually abused her.
Mom – Yolanda Hadid
Gigi’s mother Yolanda was born on January 11, 1964, in Papendrecht, Netherlands, where she was raised. She became a model by chance after she was asked by the Dutch designer Frans Molenaar to replace one of the models at an exhibition.
Yolanda proved to be a natural on the catwalk and eventually caught the attention of Eileen Ford, who signed her to the prestigious Ford Models, thus starting her career as a model.
This was followed by stations as a model in Paris, Tokyo, Hamburg, Cape Town, Sydney, Milan, Los Angeles, and New York. After 15 years as a model, Yolanda decided to start a family after meeting Mohamed Hadid.
However, her marriage with Mohamed Hadid was short-lived and lasted only about 6 years. On Christmas Eve 2001 Yolanda got engaged to the musician, composer, and producer David Foster. The bond of marriage was sealed on November 11, 2011, in Beverly Hills, California. Yolanda and Foster separated in 2015 and completed their divorce in 2017, after which Yolanda changed her family name back to Hadid.
Gigi’s mother was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2012 and has lived with the disease ever since. In 2017 she published her memorandum: “Believe me: My fight with the invisible handicap of Lyme disease”. Yolanda was an actress on the reality TV show The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Her reality TV show contest Making a Model with Yolanda Hadid premiered on January 11, 2018, on Lifetime.
Gigi Hadid has two siblings, Bella Hadid (born October 9, 1996, as Isabella Khair Hadid) and Anwar Hadid (born June 22, 1999), who both followed in the footsteps of Gigi and her mother Yolanda to become models.
Both siblings of Gigi are under contract with IMG Models. Gigi and her sister Bella have worked together in a handful of modeling gigs. They hugged each other naked for the cover of the March 2018 issue of British Vogue.
Bella and Anwar were both at their mother’s side in 2012, who was diagnosed with Lyme disease.
Dating/Boyfriend – Zayn Malik
Gigi Hadid met with some other stars in the entertainment industry. She was in a relationship with the singer Cody Simpson. For 5 months in 2015, she met Joe Jonas, after that she started dating One Direction star, Zayn Malik.
She appeared as Zayn’s girlfriend in the video for his song “Pillowtalk”. They were the third couple to appear together on the cover of Vogue.