Jelena Noura “Gigi” Hadid (/həˈdiːd/ huh-deed; born April 23, 1995) is an American fashion model and television personality. She was named one of the 12 rookies in Sports Illustrated’s annual swimsuit issue in 2014. She has also appeared on the reality TV series The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, in which her mother Yolanda Hadid has starred since season three in 2012. In November 2014, Hadid made her debut in the Top 50 Models ranking on models.com.
Gigi Hadid was born and raised in Los Angeles to real-estate developer Mohamed Hadid and former model Yolanda Hadid (née Van den Herik). Her mother is a Dutch-born American, and her father is Palestinian-American. Through her father she descends from Daher Al Omer, Prince of Nazareth and the Sheikh of Galilee. Hadid has two younger siblings, Bella, who is also a model, and a brother, Anwar. She has two older half-sisters, Marielle and Alana, on her father’s side. Following her parents’ divorce, her mother married music producer David Foster, through whom she has five stepsisters. In 2013, Hadid graduated from Malibu High School, where she was captain of the varsity volleyball team as well as a competitive horseback rider.
Following high school, she moved to New York City to focus on her studies and modeling career. Hadid studied at The New School beginning fall 2013.