Happy Birthday, Gigi Hadid! Today, April 23, the older Hadid sister turns 25 — and she’s already catwalk queen. Thanks to appearances in prestigious designer shows like Versace, Chanel, Fendi, Marc Jacobs and more, the blonde stunner is unstoppable!
While Hadid’s meteoric rise to the top of the fashion industry may seem like it happened overnight, she actually started working when she was just two years old (!) after being discovered by Guess’ Paul Maricano. She took a break to focus on being, you know, a normal kid, but she retuned to star in a Guess campaign in 2012 and hasn’t looked back.
She signed with IMG Models in 2013, made her New York Fashion Week debut in the February 2014 and has been circling the globe for runway appearances, magazine covers and fashion campaigns ever since. But, then again, modeling is basically in her DNA. Her mom, Yolanda Hadid, was a model, and her equally genetically blessed siblings Bella and Anwar have chosen the same career path.
But don’t mistake Gigi for just another pretty face. From designing lines for Tommy Hilfiger and Vogue Eyewear to developing her own makeup capsule collection for Maybelline, the trendsetter has become a true HBIC who is redefining what it means to be a model.
Oh, and when she is not slaying it on the runway, she also has established herself as street style star with her ‘90s-with-a-twist model-off-duty wardrobe of crop tops, bike shorts, mom jeans, tiny sunglasses and more. Case in point: her epic NYC birthday bash (attended by famous friends like Olivia Culpo, Taylor Swift, Ashley Graham and more) had a Canadian Tuxedo (you know, denim-on-denim) dress code that was all kinds of #TBT cool.
In honor of her birthday, keep scrolling to see some of Hadid’s best runway moments!