Jelena ‘Gigi’ Hadid is the daughter of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Dutch model Yolanda Hadid and Palestinian-American real estate developer Mohamed Hadid. She began modeling when she was only 2 years old. After finishing high school in Malibu, she relocated to New York City where she started studying criminal psychology at the New School, but modeling gigs interfered with her classes and she decided to set aside her schooling for the time being. Hadid has graced many international fashion magazine covers, including Elle, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, and she has also done runway modeling for Victoria’s Secret, Versace, Chanel and many more. She has a younger sister and brother who are also fashion models. In 2017, she and her sister Bella became the first siblings to make the Forbes World’s Highest Paid Models list. Hadid has appeared in a few music videos and reality TV shows besides Real Housewives, including Masterchef and Lip Sync Battle, and she played herself in the film Ocean’s 8. Hadid has millions of followers on social media. She is 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs about 119 lbs.
Gigi Hadid’s Diet
Hadid is not your typical model who starves herself to stay slim. Although she says she tries to eat pretty clean, she still eats, and is known to be fond of cheeseburgers and fries. She has been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease, an autoimmune disorder which attacks the thyroid and can cause fatigue, achy joints and inflammation. As a result, Hadid strives to eat fresh, organic, whole foods most of the time, and she always drinks plenty of water, up to a gallon a day.
- Medium Protein 25% 25%
- Medium Fat 35% 35%
- Medium Carb 40% 40%
The Most Important Meal
For breakfast, Hadid fuels up with scrambled eggs and toast which she calls it her ‘easy go-to.’ Then she’ll wash it all down with o.j. and coffee. If she eats out, she’ll take it to the next level and add bacon.
Hadid enjoys cooking and shares her favorite recipes online, such as guacamole, risotto and peach crumble.
Hadid has a favorite arugula salad that she says she could eat every day. She also likes fresh-pressed juice.
Sushi & Friends
Like most young people, Hadid loves to dine out with friends, and often goes for sushi & drinks.
Mental Health Meals
Hadid says she has a weak spot when it comes to burgers and fries and doesn’t deny herself if she’s in the mood. She won an episode of Masterchef with her jalapeño burger.
Hadid’s other indulgence is grasshopper pie ice cream, and she says she almost cried when the shop shut down. Luckily she found another store in NYC and now gets it delivered.
What to Eat
Whole Grain Bread
What to Avoid
Junk Food (In Moderation)
Refined Foods (In Moderation)
Hadid On Her Diet Philosophy
Eat clean to stay fit, have a burger to stay sane.
Hadid On Healthy Living
New York is great for being healthy.
Hadid On Burgers
The first year I lived in New York, I tried a different burger every week to find my favorite.
Hadid On Body Changes Due To Hashimoto’s Disease
I have always eaten the same, my body just handles it differently now that my health is better.
Gigi Hadid’s Fitness Routine
Don’t Put Her In a Box
Hadid was always outdoorsy, and prefers boxing to standard gym workouts.
Jump To It
Hadid was quite muscular from her years of horseback riding and volleyball and needed to slenderize her legs. Her trainer says jumping rope is a great, simple exercise you can use to get lean legs.
Hadid’s trainer has her do a minute of core strengthening for ever 3 minutes of sparring.
Hadid is very disciplined and works out regularly with her trainer, former pro fighter Rob Piela, and she’ll even call him when she’s travelling.
Hadid will start off jumping rope, which is great for strong, slender legs. Then she and her trainer will box.
Finish On The Floor
At the end of her session, Hadid does ballet-inspired floor exercises.
A Gigi Hadid Routine
Warm up: Jump Rope
Cardio + Abs: Do 4 Circuits Total
Boxing: 10 min.
Abs: 40 reps. Pick a different ab exercise for each round, such as crunches, bicycle, V-sit, reverse curl, etc., and then finish with planks. Hadid can hold a plank for 10+ minutes.
Hadid On Her Simple Approach To Health
My biggest thing is just eat healthy and work out.
Hadid On Boxing
I need to have a sport that wakes me up and that I can get better at, and boxing does that for me.
Hadid On Boxing, Take II
When you’re boxing, you get so into it mentally that you kinda forget what’s going on. You forget you’re working out.
Hadid On Guys At The Gym
They don’t care about me as a model or what my body looks like. They care that I give a good punch…that’s what I find pride in.
Gigi Hadid’s Supplements
Hadid doesn’t cop to taking any supplements, but a daily multivitamin can help fill in any nutritional gaps for busy people who don’t always have time to eat proper meals. As for her Hashimoto’s disease, supplements that support thyroid health include iodine which helps the thyroid with hormone production. Zinc reduces inflammation and boosts the thyroid’s use of vitamins such as A and D, and selenium also helps with vitamin conversion and supports immunity. Probiotics promote digestive health, and thus vitamin absorption. Vitamins D3 and K2 support immune function, and the Ayurvedic supplement ashwagandha or Indian ginseng also helps to improve immunity, along with energy, stamina, and sleep.
Gigi Hadid’s Lifestyle
All In the Family
Hadid has a large blended family, with 2 half-sisters from her father’s side and 5 more from her mother’s, two of which are Erin and Sara Foster from Barely Famous on VH1. David Foster is also a step-dad to Brandon and Brody Jenner, half-sibs of Kendall and Kylie Jenner. Hadid and Kendall Jenner are said to be good friends.
Play That Funky Music
Hadid has been in several music videos, including Bad Blood by her good friend, Taylor Swift.
After enduring body shaming on social media for being ‘too fat,’ Hadid went on social media to explain she’d been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease, an autoimmune disorder of the thyroid.
Not Just Horsing Around
Hadid rode horses competitively and played volleyball in high school making it all the way to the Junior Olympic qualifiers before setting her sites on modeling.
No Shrinking Violet
When a man wrapped his arms around her and lifted her into the air in Milan, Italy, Hadid elbowed him in the face and then ran after him.
Hadid On Internet Trolling
I will not further explain the way my body looks, just as anyone, with a body type that doesn’t suit your “beauty” expectation, shouldn’t have to.
Hadid On Her Work Ethic
My mom always told me if you’re not the nicest, most hardworking girl in the room, there’s always going to be someone prettier than you who’s nicer and more hardworking.
Hadid On Hitting Her Stalker
I felt I was in danger, and I had every right to react the way I did.
Hadid On Defending Oneself
Practicing self-defense is important so that when you’re in the moment, reacting from muscle memory comes more naturally to you than freezing up.