Gigi Hadid: I feel guilt over privilege
SUPERMODEL Gigi Hadid — daughter of a multi-millionaire — admits she has ‘always had the guilt of privilege’.
Gigi, whose estimated fortune of $13million (£9.8million) makes her one of the world’s highest-paid models, said she has been aware of her advantages from a young age.
‘I’ve always had the guilt of privilege,’ said the 23-year-old (pictured). ‘It started in high school, and I was determined not to be defined by it, or by being pretty.
‘I was a great volleyball player and I had great grades. That’s how I valued myself.’
Gigi’s father is Jordanian-American property developer Mohamed Hadid, and her mother Dutch model Yolanda Foster.
Before her parents’ divorce California-born Gigi, whose sister Bella, 21, is also a top model, lived on an exclusive estate in Malibu. She told The Times: ‘It was always my parents’ money, and I was always going to get a job and live independently.
‘I’ve paid my own bills since I was 18. My first Louboutins came from my first pay cheque.
‘I think I can come from a privileged background and still be a hard worker and a nice person. I don’t think I’m better than anyone else, and I hold myself to that. I try to work with integrity.’
Gigi, who this year rekindled her romance with former One Direction star Zayn, 25, boasts 42million followers on Instagram and 9million on Twitter, and has designed jewellery, clothing and shoes.
She has just been unveiled as one of the stars of next year’s coveted Pirelli calendar.
Author: Keiran Southern