Happy Birthday, Gigi Hadid, she is ringing in her 26th birthday today, and while her father Mohamed Hadid made some sweet birthday tribute posts, his reference to calling Gigi ‘self-made’ was met with some backlash. A delighted birthday goes out to Gigi Hadid today, and it’s no question she is loved dearly by her fans, famous friends, and family, who have already posted birthday tributes to her via social media.
Among these tributes included Gigi’s father Mohamed Hadid, who posted a sweet memory of him and Gigi to his Instagram page that read, “You would not remember that I would cook while I was babysitting.. I would put you a pot.. and you would sit there watching me cook. The sweetest baby you are and you made a sweet baby Khai. Love you my child. And a very happy birthday.” Mohamed then dedicated another post to his daughter, which isn’t your typical ‘happy birthday’ post, but gave fans even more insight into just how special Gigi really is.
He shared a list of 20 things fans might not know about Gigi in another post and fired off a list of impressive accomplishments, proving that being ‘proud’ of his daughter is an extreme understatement. And we don’t blame him; Gigi is one special gal!
Mohamed began by revealing that Gigi is “self made” and never took a single dollar from her parents, which is pretty impressive considering her mom Yolanda was also a model. Many think her family likely had ties to many big names in the industry. We do have to note that Gigi was born into wealth, like a lot of it.
As we said previously, Yolanda was a model with ties in the industry, and Mohamed is a very successful developer, so because of her parents and family name, for some people, the ‘self-made’ title was a bit of a trigger point. Someone commented, “Self-Made?? Born privileged more like it.”
Another person wrote, “Self-made? Her mom’s a model which is the only reason she got signed as well as Bella and you’re a rich developer who built mansions all over BH and Bel Air… she was born into money sis.” Despite the small amount of backlash, that didn’t rain on Mohamed’s parade!
Mohamed also revealed that Gigi “Started modeling for Baby Guess when she was Khai’s age.” In terms of her non-modeling success, “She was a junior Olympic volleyball contender” and an “accomplished equestrian, with hundreds of first place and national Championships,” to which she still rides today.”
Another interesting fact about Gigi was that before kicking off her modeling career, she was slated to attend New York University’s forensic criminal psychology program after high school. Still, it seems her calling was more suited for the runway in which Mohamed also revealed that Gigi has the highest number of Vogue magazine covers worldwide… and in case you’re wondering, that’s 50.
Naturally, Mohamed is a proud father for his girl Gigi, especially since Gigi and Zayn Malik welcomed their daughter Khai last year. Last week, he shared photos of his and Gigi’s trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, along with Khai, which he revealed was her “first introduction to art.”
Gigi sure has a lot to be thankful for on her 26th lap around the sun, but judging by the outpour of sweet messages and appreciation for her over the past few hours, it’s her loved ones and fans who appear to be grateful for HER.
And for all the details on why fans are still convinced Gigi and Zayn are married, stick around for more delightful news. Then be sure to let us know all your thoughts on Mohamed’s comments about Gigi’s success down here in the comments, and don’t forget to wish Gigi a happy birthday!