She may be one of the most sought after models in the fashion industry today, but the road to superstardom wasn’t all smooth sailing for Gigi Hadid.
The Sports Illustrated beauty has now walked the runway for the likes of Tom Ford, Moschino, Alexander Wang, Marc Jacobs, Balmain and just about every other designer you could think of. But Gigi claims that the industry did not accept her to begin with because she was ‘too big’.
The model spoke to Daily Mail and said that her body was never ideal for modelling. “Growing up I was really athletic and I had a very athletic body,” she says, “my thighs were huge, they were like rock! I had crazy muscles and ate like a man.”
Before trying her hand at modelling, Gigi was a national level volleyball player, but she claims that her athletic build was frowned upon by most of the modelling agencies she approached.
“When I first went to visit different agencies in New York, a lot of them were like, you have to lose a lot of weight,” she says, “I would cry at night and my mom would be like “we’re going to find the right people.”
But Gigi claims that after she decided to just embrace her natural physique, others started to see the potential in her. Her curvy body is worlds away from the rail thin, bony models we are used to seeing in high fashion campaigns over the last decade, but Gigi says that that differentiation has boosted her career.
'I'm kind of the model that everyone thought would always be the Guess, Sports Illustrated girl, then when I started to do high fashion stuff... people were like, "Oh so we can have a girl with like thighs and a butt in a Tom Ford campaign, cool."
“And then all of a sudden the high fashion people wanted to work with me and that's kind of how it works, if you just embrace yourself other people accept you in the same way.”