Why Yolanda Hadid Wouldn't Let Gigi Or Bella Model Before They Were 18

BY Antonia Blyth / Apr 5 2017 / 15:36 PM

No wonder she won Mum of the Year...

Why Yolanda Hadid Wouldn't Let Gigi Or Bella Model Before They Were 18

Gigi, Bella, and Anwar Hadid: A triple-threat of supermodel siblings who look like they're living the dream. But they also seem relatable, nice, and sort of normal. So how did their mum Yolanda Hadid make that happen?

“I never let them work [as models] before they were 18” Hadid told ELLE.com at the Front Row Fashion Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday. “I didn't want anybody judging them on what they looked like. I wanted them to feel and be the authentic human beings that they are, and I think that created a lot of strength for them.”

Being awarded Mum of the Year at the event is timely as Hadid just announced her new reality show on Lifetime: Model Moms, in which she'll advise young people starting out in the modeling field–something she knows plenty about as a former model herself.

Instead of praising Gigi and Bella for their external beauty, Hadid also made them focus on their sense of self and attitude toward others. “I always said to them, listen, there are thousands of girls that are much more beautiful than you girls, but you have an extraordinary character, and you're going to have to set yourself apart by being a role model, by showing up on time and being kind to everybody…to the light people, the make-up, the cleaner in the back of the studio. Those are the people that you have to connect with, and that's how you can make a difference in the world.”

With the power of social media, modelling has really changed, Hadid said. “When I was modelling we had no voice. We were just a pretty face. In today's world, that has completely changed. You have a platform. It's your responsibility to live a conscientious life, and to be a role model, and if you can't be that, then you shouldn't be in the business.”

Via Harper's Bazaar UK