Gigi Hadid: ‘When I started there was this big guilt of privilege, obviously’

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I wonder, sometimes, if celebrities and models plan out what kind of quotes and stories they’ll give in certain interviews to certain markets. The dream, it would seem, would be to give your best stories and quotes to the biggest publications, like Vanity Fair or American Vogue. If you’re someone like Gigi Hadid and Vogue Australia offers you a cover, of course you take it, but what do you really reveal in the interview? As it turns out, nothing much. Gigi is really good at saying vague sh-t, which makes me mad because I know she has thoughts and opinions about some hot-button topics. But I guess she was saving all of that for a bigger publication? You can read her Vogue Australia interview here. Some highlights:

She loves gardening, farming & cooking: “It’s so nice to see everything green again after the winter… Onions, tomatoes, cucumbers and red capsicums – a lot of things I regularly cook with…. Being in nature defines me a lot. The family farm is where I get away. My little kitchen is my happy place. I cook almost every day I’m here.”

Why she bought a place in New York: “A lot of my stress came from coming on and off a plane, and I didn’t want to be doing that on my time off. I had realised how much time I had spent in the air and it represented a lot of the lack of control that you feel in a job where you travel all the time.”

Going offline for her vacation: “In December I took a vacation and didn’t go on my phone for a week and just turned it off. It’s like it literally didn’t exist. When you’re in that social media bubble it feels so heated and flammable and then when you step away from it, it just gets lost in the clouds. You can take a walk, or do something that’s so much more real than reading all of that. Sometimes it’s funny to me how much energy people put into other people’s lives.”

She knows she came from a privileged background: “I know I come from privilege, so when I started there was this big guilt of privilege, obviously. I’ve always had this big work ethic, because my parents came from nothing and I worked hard to honour them… There are so many girls who come [from] all over the world and work their arses off and send money home to their families like my mother did, and I wanted to stand next to them backstage and for them to look at me and respect me and to know that it’s never about me trying to overshadow or take their place. So when I started out I wanted to prove myself so badly that sometimes I would overwork myself…You know that people say I shouldn’t be on the runway? I’ve got a lot better at dealing with that and wanting to better myself. That’s my motivation.”

Tweeting about hot-button political issues: “There’s a tug of war between who you are and what you feel naturally passionate about and wanting to stand up for yourself, then also understanding that you can’t please everyone and that you need to protect yourself in a way. I feel misunderstood in a lot of ways. I’ve tried for the length of my career to show who I am and what’s important to me but I’m trying to remember that I can’t meet everyone and prove myself to everyone, so therefore I have to accept that there are going to be misunderstandings.”

[From Vogue Australia]

Gigi’s gilded cage of privilege… I mean, I understand what she’s saying and there’s no real answer for why Gigi “I Got This Job Because of Instagram and Nepotism” Hadid is up for the same jobs as girls who left their village in Eastern Europe and subsist on cocktail olives and cigarettes. Gigi worked the system that was already in place, and she’s fashioned a lucrative modeling career for herself. It’s good that she acknowledges that not every model was so lucky. But… I don’t know. It feels like the Instamodels like Gigi and Kendall Jenner are not really happy, right? Everything is very “woe is me, my life is so hard!” It bugs.

Gigi Hadid shows off her business chic ensemble in New York City

Photos courtesy of Backgrid, cover courtesy of Vogue Australia.

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  1. perplexed says:

    “t feels like the Instamodels like Gigi and Kendall Jenner are not really happy, right? Everything is very “woe is me, my life is so hard!” It bugs.”

    I got the sense she was just being properly reflective when being asked a question about her experience. A reflective answer probably isn’t going to be bubbly. A lot of these models today get stuff tweeted back to them in a way someone like Cindy Crawford may not have encountered, so I could see how that would make them more melancholy and less insulated from what people actually think of them. Cindy Crawford sometimes says she wish social media existed when she was a model because of the opportunities afforded, but I also think there’s a downside to that — it probably makes you hyper-aware of how someone in Boise, Idaho views you.

    I did actually find the last answer she gave about not being able to please everyone quite useful for my own life, actually. The idea of wanting to please everybody was something I could relate to even though I’m not a model than anybody cares about.

    • LuckyZeGrand says:

      Honeyy don’t base your value on being known or not.I’m sure plenty of people care about your well being.
      All of these models get on my last nerve because they mention their priviledge only in the context of “Ohhh I’m so rich but I work so harddd!” and not in the context of “Mommy and Daddy had ties all over the place and gifted me a career but I’ll never admit to that.”
      If she felt so bad for all the other models she might let them grace the cover of Vogue every once in a while.

      • perplexed says:

        “Honeyy don’t base your value on being known or not.”

        I have no interest in being known, which is why I’m an anonymous commentator on a message board.

        I just meant in terms of people-pleasing overall in my regular daily life.

    • QueenB says:

      “I got the sense she was just being properly reflective when being asked a question about her experience. A reflective answer probably isn’t going to be bubbly”

      I dont think Kaiser just meant this one answer. Its very common.

      • perplexed says:

        I didn’t get a “woe is me” vibe from her accumulated answers. I think this expectation that all of these people answer the way some feel they should answer and then be marked on that answer is strange, to say the least. I want to read actual gossip, not necessarily see an evaluation whether someone answered a question properly or not according to someone’s individual standards.

        I don’t think she’s a great model and I’m a little baffled by her success, but then again, it’s modelling. Nothing about that industry makes sense to me. I think a lot of these models are just pointing out the reality of what it’s like to be an insta-model — they probably don’t even understand their own success themselves since what it takes to be a model is a bit of an illusion and slightly arbitrary. I can see how that would create the answers they give.

  2. minx says:

    I admit to liking GiGi’s looks, but she looks so washed out on that cover.

  3. It’s because Instagram is becoming an ad only platform and unless she can stay relevant, not sure she will have an enduring career. The nepotism thing will last only for so long as well. Her fear is real.

  4. Steph says:

    Meh, i think her publicist is finally telling her what to say. I don’t think these girls are as smart as they want to seem. It’s so sad that they have all the privilege in the world and their parents pushed to be models.

  5. Lobbit says:

    Yeah, I don’t know – those are some good quotes. Whether her words are the result of good coaching or genuine introspection, she sounds humble and self aware. I don’t think she sounds self-pitying at all.

  6. QueenB says:

    What I dont get is when and why did this whole nepotism in modelling get so big? Nepotism always was a thing everywhere but nowadays it seems like you cant be a model if your parents arent famous. Even if you are ugly you can do it if your daddy is a rock star. Super weird.

    Not that modelling is an accessible profession lol And spare me the “hard work”. No one in modelling is there on any merit, you were born symmetrical.

    • perplexed says:

      I don’t think modelling is “hard”, but I do think models have to exercise and diet with a certain degree of discipline. I don’t know if everyone, no matter how pretty, is cut out for that kind of severely regimented lifestyle. The face has to be symmetrical, but I don’t think the body will just naturally do what you want it to do without putting in some effort.

  7. Anniefannie says:

    I think she’s responding to the legions of people dragging her for her opportunities. I think she’s a bright and uncommonly beautiful girl who’s capitalized on her opportunities, good for her!
    I have a soft spot for her after her unwavering support of Malick when he went public with his anxiety issues. She seems like a thoughtful warm hearted girl….

  8. TurkeyLurkey says:

    “Sometimes it’s funny to me how much energy people put into other people’s lives.”

    Dear, if others didn’t put their energy into what you are doing, you would not even have a career. You literally got you career by how many Instagram followers you have. Sigh…

  9. escondista says:

    I have lots of acquaintances who went to private school, drove and crashed several BMWs, and got into ivy league because of extremely wealthy parents. Most of them have substance abuse problems and severe depression and/or anxiety.
    I don’t feel sympathy for them but they’ve been handed everything and their lives have ceased to have a lot of meaning.
    Gigi may never ever know if she’s famous because she’s talented and hard working or because of her parents, but the rest of us know.

  10. Naddie says:

    I hate onions and cucumbers.

  11. Grant says:

    I don’t know, call me cynical but I don’t really care that much about nepotism in the modeling industry. For the most part, in my opinion a good model is someone who won the genetic lottery. I just don’t feel like giving good face in front of a camera is something that’s that difficult to do, so the idea that Gigi and Kendull are stealing gigs from more deserving and more “talented” girls is just silly to me. I’m more offended by nepotism in the recording world, because there I do feel like the talent margin is significant. Just my opinion.

    • Scotchy says:

      I totally agree with you @Grant, so many of todays music “talents” are daughters/sons of,
      nieces/nephews of, grandkids of, trusts funds of, with marginal talent.

      It is a shame because a lot of amazing musical talent goes unnoticed due to their lack of relations.. the same goes for the acting industry….SIIIGGGGHH…

  12. Flying fish says:

    Nepotism and the correct usage of social media got her where she is today.
    She is cute, but not of the super model quality of yester year.