Harper’s BAZAAR: How do you feel about your career achievements in the last year since your first Sport’s Illustrated: Swimsuit Editionappearance in 2014?
Gigi Hadid: I’ve done things in the past year that I never thought I’d do in five years. My mom is very goal-oriented, and she’d call me and be like, “let’s just talk about what you want to do”. Once she read me a list of goals I had made a while ago, and I had done everything on the list. It’s still surreal. I’m just trying to take it all in. It’s going so fast you don’t really have time to stop and process it, but it’s amazing—I’m having so much fun. I love my job and I’ve made so many amazing friends and connections through it.
HB: Do you still have, “I can’t believe this is my life,” moments?
GH: All the time. A couple days ago I was shooting a project that will come out in a couple months. The photographer was just taking a look at what he had shot so far, and I had to turn around for a moment, and I started tearing up because I just thought, “this is so crazy that I’m doing this”. I can’t tell you what exactly the shoot was for, but it was just a moment I had. I just had a second and I couldn’t control it—it just came out. I was like, “holy shi*t this is my life. No one gets to do this.” It was really cool.
HB: What keeps you grounded?
GH: My friends because they just make fun of me all day. That’s the best. When they come over while I’m getting ready for a red carpet event in my apartment, they’ll just be teasing me, like, ‘Oh you’re going to do a red carpet, are you?’ I love them.
HB: You also have some close friends that are in the spotlight, have you ever felt like you were competing for similar jobs?
GH: Not really, I don’t really feel competition like that. Especially in a job like this—we look different, like Hailey [Baldwin] is brunette now. So literally, if they want Kendall [Jenner], they’re not going to want someone who looks like me. It’s completely different. I think friendships are a lot more valuable than one job. If you’re going to let it ruin that, then that’s stupid.
HB: Now that your sister Bella is breaking into the industry, have you given her any advice?
GH: Just be nice to people and be someone people want to work with because if people don’t like working with you it’s just not going to work out.
HB: What are your thoughts on being a role model?
GH: My biggest thing about being a role model is whatever I’m preaching, I’m practicing. If I’m telling people I’m boxing and then I’m eating a burger tonight, it’s because I am. I’m not cheating and eating a salad and then being like “Yeah! Burgers are cool!”
HB: Like that Instagram account, @YouDidntEatThat…
GH: Funny story, my older sister was like the biggest “You Didn’t Eat That” fan and then a photo of mine ended up on it, and she went off on them. All of her friends started commenting too, “you don’t know her! She did eat that!” [Laughs] They stood up for me. I always eat whatever I want and they got so mad, my sister was like, “I’m not a fan of this account anymore!” It was a joke but, I think it’s so important to practice what you preach— whether you’re into riding cows to work or eating a burger after boxing, just do what you’re telling your fans you’re doing because you have to be real with them because they look up to you.
HB: Do you ever Google yourself?
GH: No. My stepdad always said, “If you’re going to believe the good, you’re going to believe the bad.” I think that’s really important. Don’t read it. I read one thing, and 100 people can say good things then you read one bad thing that says you’re the worst and you believe them. So, I think his words are very true.
HB: Obviously you’re very active on Instagram, do you have any self-imposed rules?
GH: No— until this morning I hadn’t posted for four days. I post pictures that I want to post and say what I want to say. If that’s three times a day or three times per month then whatever.
HB: You walked in a lot of runway shows during the Fall 2015 collections. Did you practice a runway walk?
GH: I will be the first to say, when I started, I was the worst on the runway ever. I feel like I try to keep learning every time I step off a runway, I try to get better with each one. I hope that I’m getting better as I go—it takes a few seasons to get your Karlie Kloss walk on.
HB: Do you have any career goals through this next year?
GH: I’ve learned that if I only put my mind to one thing that I can get tunnel vision. Then I may not be as open to other opportunities because I’m so focused on one thing. I think what’s worked better for me personally is I have three goals every day: be nice, work hard and make friends. Those are my daily goals, and I feel like those are the things that create opportunity and creating connections that will then lead to other things that I may not have planned for otherwise.
HB: Any fun summer plans? How do you top your Memorial Day Weekend on a yacht with your best friends?
GH: I know that was crazy right!? [Laughs] It’s really fun when those things happen, because they’re really last minute. All of our work schedules are so crazy, then something pops up and we’re like, “Oh do you want to do this?” “Yeah I have three days off!” “Okay cool I’m coming!” So right now I’m just planning on working most of the summer, and I want to do a trip with Save the Children, a charity that travels to Africa and just helps people. I’ve been trying for so long to plan it and I have time off in August, so I think it will work. Other than that, no planned vacations, I’m going to try and go see my mom hopefully but mostly working.