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Gigi Hadid: ‘When I started working in fashion, it was like, “Gigi, the all-American”‘

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On being more than a model:

I want to be the person who always uses my platform to share what I’m passionate about, but it’s also scary and something I’ve learned to be cautious about.

On having an all-American girl look:

When I started working in fashion, it was like, “Gigi, the all-American.” I was very much that “girl next door, but if you read my interviews, I always talk about my parents’ cultural backgrounds.

… says Gigi, who has been named one of Glamour’s ‘Women Of The Year’.

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Flora
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Flora

Does she want a pat on the back for talking about her parents’ cultural backgrounds? I feel like I can smell her desperation at wanting to appear exotic

Sarah
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Sarah

Uh, what could you possibly consider to be desperate about wanting to celebrate your heritage and have it acknowledged? You comment is extremely misguided and ignorant.

Skyler
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Skyler

there’s nothing wrong in celebrating your heritage, but the way it was said and put into context gave a different impression, as if she was trying to imply that that’s degrading, when it’s not.

Almost everyone is mixed race to some level, and Gigi’s heritage may contain Dutch and Palestinian, but she was born in America, therefore she IS an American, mixed race and all (unless people are descend directly from First Nation tribes, then I’m sorry, but you are a mixed race American).

Tw0_Sc00pz
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Tw0_Sc00pz

I think I remember one of her comments about their parent’s cultures is ‘in Europe nudity is normal so that’s why that I’m always naked–I’m just European!’ and Bella claims she’s a practicing muslim–timed to tack onto some #nowallnoban social media momentum, naturally.

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martasara

I think that was Bella

jjj2
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jjj2

She is so pretty here. She just looks amazing, good for her!

Bob&Pat
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Bob&Pat

She’s just expressing how it has felt weird being perceived as an “all american” girl when she has a Dutch mom and a Palestinian dad, so not exactly a traditional wasp. I think your reaction is uselessly negative.

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Alyssa Mohino

arent a lot of models mixed ethnicity anyways?
I remember as far back as the 90s there were lots of mixed models Yasmeen Ghauri, Tyson Beckford, Naomi Campbell… and thats off the top of my head.

Its kind of not a big deal anymore like it was in the 60s and the 70s

punani
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punani

Yes but nobody took them for a typical caucasian american

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Alyssa Mohino

Her dad is light skinned and blue eyes. His origins may be Palestinian, but he’s not exactly passing for middle eastern either.
The other models who were mixed pushed boundaries, as fashion used to be very homogenous. Gigi comes off as trying to be more “unbland” but in reality she’s very typical american looking, and any ethnicity she and her sisters had they’ve carved off their faces with surgery (more so Bella), so… what are they saying? it’s just really noise

Annie
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Annie

“On being more than a model” aka “I’m not a regular model, I’M A COOL MODEL!”
You’re not special Gigi, get over yourself. Nobody would care if it weren’t for your parents. Off topic, but I thought Bella talking about “being a proud muslim” was so tacky at the time.

bee
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Curious, why was it tacky to you?
Sometimes it’s just a way to show different faces to muslims. Most people have this idea that a muslim woman = hijab wearing, mosque going, doesn’t drink, doesn’t go out. Which isn’t the case.

Annie
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Annie

Because she used a huge political issue and made it all about herself to get attention. Obviously I don’t know her personally but she doesn’t seem to take her religion all that seriously, which is completely fine, but why call herself “a proud muslim” then? She talked about it once and never again, therefore making it seem like a cheap PR stunt. If Islam was truly important to her, one would think she would take more time to debunk stereotypes about it which I think many liberal muslims would appreciate.

Tw0_Sc00pz
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Tw0_Sc00pz

^1000x

Belle
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Belle

She and her sister look more like her mother but the genes of the father are there of course. She really looks like all-Amerian girl.

jhh
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i think they look like their dad side of the family. nothing like yolanda exept gigis lip area

bee
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Agreed. They look a lot like their older sisters.
That being said, Palestinians are fair skinned, many with light coloured eyes, hair etc. So many could pass as “american” looking and not very typically Arab.

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Alyssa Mohino

Bella used to look like her dad, but then got a nose job…

herpderp
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herpderp

She could mention her dad’s art or something. You know, if she wants people to get a different impression of her and her family. He does some pretty cool stuff.

claud
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claud
using her platform to speak of her passions…uhh…she literally talks about nothing other than herself. so her ego seems to be her biggest passion. (ie. convincing the public–poorly, at that– that she’s a REAL model…pah! isn’t that cute.) she ought to maybe pick a charity or something? better yet, start her own or use her wealth and voice for good. we know she has the dough and only “works” as a “model” like 2 hours a week. and newsflash, america is a nation of immigrants (aside from actual native americans–who have been royally effed by the whole ordeal). so yes,… Read more »
Cia
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I agree with everything you wrote here. I absolutely hate the idea that white+blonde=all-American. Society as a whole can’t seem to accept the fact that yes, nonwhite women are just as American and wholesome as white women. On the one hand, white women are put up on this pedestal as the most beautiful, but at the same time they have the “privilege” of being seen as a sex object only existing to please men. It makes me sick that every time a white blonde woman becomes famous (like Kate Upton, Charlotte Mckinley, Margot Robbie, etc) there’s this collective sigh of… Read more »
Michellem
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Michellem

What are you talking about? Everybody trashed Kate uptown to the heavens for years and same with charlotte. Most people think Naomi Campbell and Rihanna are more beautiful than Kate upton. I’ve just seen Kate upton called fat, sponegbob, trashy, s~~~, cow etc for years.

Cia
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Um, try looking at major publications instead of just the comments here and other gossip sites. I still see pubs like People and the Guardian refer to Kate as a “perfect” human. I think you’re just being disingenuous because it makes you uncomfortable that maybe white doesn’t equal the best.

Shantal
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Shantal

“it makes me sick every time a white blonde woman becomes famous” um…. I get that your sick of the lack of representation of other ethnicities in society… but theres no reason to be made sick and imply/hint at disgust towards blonde/white woman becoming successful.

Shantal
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Shantal

you’re* lol for the grammar police

Cia
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You’re taking my comment out of context. I’m not sick that white women are becoming famous; I’m sick that people act as if a white woman becoming famous is disrupting the norm when it’s actually been the status quo.

Ellia
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Ellia

Wasn’t Kate Upton considered disrupting the norm because of her body type? I thought the media was fixated on the fact that she was (naturally) busty but not a plus size at a time when the norm was to have very skinny models…even Sports Illustrated was using lean models with smaller breasts.

That’s the narrative I remember social media touting when she burst onto the scene.

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Alyssa Mohino

kate uptown really didnt shake anything up.
She was still tall, blond, white, blue eyed, with long legs and big b~~~~. The rest is splitting hairs when you compare her to other ethnicities who get shut out of the main stream

Ari
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“but at the same time they have the “privilege” of being seen as a sex object only existing to please men” I’m pretty sure blonde white women have more privileges than just that. 48% of female CEOs are blonde.

daisy
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daisy

Yawn

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martasara

I’ve always found it very ironic, and I’m actually happy she is talking about it (whether she is ‘sincere’ or not I don’t care).

Misch
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Misch

Excuse my ignorance since Im from adifferent country but… What does it mean to be all american anyway? Arent ALL americans from different backgrounds?

alexagenna
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alexagenna
you are correct, americans come in all shapes, sizes, and of all backgrounds. yet “all american” has traditionally referred to a “wasp”- white anglo saxon protestant. A pretty, blonde happy girl who’s anglo-saxon ancestors came to what today is US generations ago is what they are thinking. I am a first generation white female, slavic. I am not considered, and have been directly told I am not american, nor even “white”. but the status quo is changing. in 2015 most babies born in the US were “minorities”. soon enough the white blonde girl next door will not be THE idea… Read more »
Tw0_Sc00pz
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Tw0_Sc00pz

All-American can refer to someone who looks like they live in middle america “cute, girl next door” not necessarily blonde. All-American more generally refers to watching sports (gigi is a big sports fan), drinking beer, eating burgers (another gigi pastime) and being generally unpretentious. The WASP is Gwyneth Paltrow–prep school, sheltered, rich, urban, privileged, twin sets.

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