Gigi Hadid has transformed herself in the past years from a bubbly and more athletic-looking model that mostly did sexy photo-shoots to a high-fashion, much skinnier model. And this week, the blonde beauty opened up about her runway walk and how it definitely needs work.
On her career as a runway model:
Before I started modeling, I was more into photographers. I studied a lot how models made pictures in the sense that you have to be a positive part of a picture and make it better. And that’s what is really important for me on set. There’s some people that are bad at looking at monitors and some people that are good looking at monitors. And monitors really help me because I’m able to look at a picture and see where I fit into it, see what I can add to the picture instead of just being a person that’s on the page.
“But the runway thing, it’s funny because obviously I’m not the best on the runway. But what do you do? When you’re the face of a brand you show up to the show. My first show people were already expecting a lot more from me than I [was capable of at the time]. I never was taught how to walk on the runway. And maybe that’s because it moved really quickly for me, that people just assumed that that was something I knew. So, you know, a year and a half later, I’m still learning. I got some compliments on my Tom Ford show, so I’m getting better. I’m working on it, but I’m human. I still get insecure on the runway, but it’s really exciting for me because I want to get better. I love being on the runway.
… says Gigi.
People’s response? Check below:
Check out this video of then-less-skinny Gigi and her runway walk in 2014, and tell us whether you agree with the very clear opinions above:
On getting back in shape fast after having twins a year ago:
It’s definitely part genetics. I was always the little one in school,” she says. But she also happens to be mad about exercise. I mean, I love fitness, I love sports, I’ve been into it since I was 15, working my body and just building it.
On her favorite female body type – athletic:
I always admire sports bodies in women – that athletic look. Even when other people say, “Oh she’s too muscly” I always like it. I’ll never be an professional shape but I like to get as close to that as I can.
On having fitness competitions with her husband Chris Hemsworth:
He’ll hold the pads for me, although I won’t for him as he’d smash me into the wall. When he was training for Thor, he came home with this bodyfat measurer – you know, where you clip the parts where you accumulate fat? So it became a competition between us. If I had some fat somewhere I’d be like, “Grr, I’m working that part.” It’s fun, it’s just like a challenge, for no other reason that I like to challenge myself.
On the fact that models don’t have to be gorgeous:
There are lots of gorgeous girls, but it’s not about that. Cara is so funny and sweet, you just want to hug her – she has so much personality. I think that’s what happened with me. The other models were so breathtaking, but I wasn’t really. I was funny and kooky. It’s about the whole package. Kate Moss is like that. I love Kate. She really makes me laugh. To have that extra whatever-it-is to take the world by storm is all to do with personality: it has to come from the inside as well.
On plastic surgery:
I haven’t had anything done yet. I’m not saying I won’t – I might. That is my prerogative. All I will say is that if you want to have things done, just get somebody good! The other reason is that I’m a bit of a coward! I don’t spend most of the time looking at myself in the mirror thinking: “oh god, I’ve got another wrinkle. There’s no happy ending for that.
Many 50-year-old women feel invisible to men. It’s worth remembering that what you project outside comes from inside. When I go to Brazil, I see women who are not skinny at all but they dance in the street with such femininity and sensuality, and their bodies begin to look so beautiful. In Europe, women are not so open to their being. We are much more closed, even scared of opening up like that. That sensuality, that sense of freedom you see with Brazilian women, it doesn’t come from their bodies being perfect. It comes from a freedom. It comes from inside. It’s about how you compose yourself. It’s not about how you are but how you feel. As Oscar Wilde said, beauty is a form of genius but beauty can become boring in two seconds if you don’t have anything else to sustain the curiosity.
On being a ‘Bond girl’ at age 50:
My first thought was, “How can I be a Bond girl at 50?”. After my audition [director] Sam Mendes told me that, for the first time in history, he wanted a woman of a similar age to the actor playing Bond. I told Sam he would be a hero among women for casting me in Spectre. Compared to the Bond girls who have gone before me, I am so much more mature.