While some models take any catalog job they can get so they don’t have to move back to their hometown to pick up shifts at the local Sbarro to make ends meet, the current “bitches of the moment” (copyright: Stephanie Seymour) like Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid are currently slumming it in their NYC penthouses since they grew up in California castles. Gigi says she recognizes her lofty lifestyle, and admits she’s felt privilege-shame before.
Gigi Hadid grew up in the kind of life where if she wanted a pony, her dad Mohamed Hadid, got her one while her mother, Yolanda Hadid, had the maids whip her up an after-school snack from a refrigerator that was cleaner (and bigger) than my apartment and has its own Twitter account (that is still updating…who knew?!). In short, life was great growing up Gigi, but while talking to Vogue Australia, she put on a humble act and said she knows she had it good and that’s why she “worked” so hard.
“I know I come from privilege, so when I started there was this big guilt of privilege, obviously. I’ve always had this big work ethic, because my parents came from nothing and I worked hard to honor them. There are so many girls who come [from] all over the world and work their asses off 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. So when I started out I wanted to prove myself so badly that sometimes I would overwork myself.”
Most people would wonder why Gigi feels the need to keep up with the fashion tribe when she can basically ride horses up and down the beaches of Malibu and sleep easy in a bed of cash, but she says her motivation is wanting to prove a point to the people who say she shouldn’t be on the runway. Okay, yeah, that and she doesn’t want people to feel like she’s in the same lane as that uppity, rich Welsh bitch Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Gigi should’ve really tried to prove to us that she “earned” her spot by taking a page out of Tori Spelling’s playbook and saying, “I even went to castings under the name Gigi AndNotTheRichGirlWithMillionsOfIGFollowersFromARealityShow!”
Pic: Vogue Australia/Giampaolo Sgura