Gigi Hadid Felt "Big Guilt" About Coming From "Privilege" When She Started Her Modelling Career

BY HARPER'S BAZAAR ARABIA / Jun 20 2018 / 15:18 PM

She says she struggled at the beginning of her modelling career

Gigi Hadid Felt "Big Guilt" About Coming From "Privilege" When She Started Her Modelling Career

She might have been born into a life of luxury, but Gigi Hadid is well aware that she's luckier than most.

"I know I come from privilege, so when I started there was this big guilt of privilege, obviously," the 23-year-old admitted in her latest cover interview with Vogue Australia.

"I’ve always had this big work ethic, because my parents came from nothing and I worked hard to honour them."

The model’s father is Mohamed Anwar Hadid, a multimillionaire Jordanian-American property developer who has made his fortune from building luxury hotels and mansions in Beverley Hills and Bel Air.

The star's mother is Yolanda Hadid, a former international supermodel and star of the reality show The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. 

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Despite her family's fortune, Gigi revealed that she initially struggled in the early days of her career with the pressure to work hard, when surrounded by so many models who became the main breadwinners to help their less fortunate families.

"There are so many girls who come [from] all over the world and [...] send money home to their families like my mother did, and I wanted to stand next to them backstage and for them to look at me and respect me and to know that it's never about me trying to overshadow or take their place," Gigi told the publication.

"So when I started out I wanted to prove myself so badly that sometimes I would overwork myself."

Yolanda Hadid has previously opened up about her determination to financially provide for her family following her father’s death.

"I was very money-driven," the Dutch mother-of-three once told Money. "I come from a very poor family and my dad died when I was seven, I took on this huge responsibility that I was going to provide for my mother and my brother. It wasn't that I had the dream of being a model. I never wore makeup. I didn't even know what Vogue or Cosmo or Elle was because it wasn't part of my life."

Splitting her time between her parents' Los Angeles-based homes during her childhood, Gigi would often stay at her father’s 35,000-square-foot mansion, estimated to be worth £64 million.

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Meanwhile, much of her downtime is now spent between her New York apartment and her mother’s East Coast farm.

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Architectural Digest reports that her mother's property features a screening room, a private dining room with catering, and Four Seasons Residential concierge service.

However, despite her privileged childhood, Gigi continues to work hard to prove she’s paving a way for herself in the fashion industry, irrespective of her privileged upbringing.

"You know that people say I shouldn't be on the runway? I've got a lot better at dealing with that and wanting to better myself," she added. "That's my motivation."

Via Harper's Bazaar UK