Gigi Hadid is everywhere.
If you haven't seen her name in headlines about her modeling; her family life as seen on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills; or her current boyfriend, former One Directoner Zayn Malik; you have, at least, flipped past her face in a magazine or two. Between her fierce look and her down-to-earth (if slightly overexposed) personality, she seems weirdly approachable for an international supermodel and current It Girl.
But who is Gigi Hadid? Well, to start, Miss Hadid is turning 21 on April 23. A California native, she first started modeling at the ripe young age of 2 years old, but she stopped after her famous mother, Yolanda Hadid, started worrying that she wouldn't have a normal childhood. She reemerged at age 17 and has been running the scene ever since.
With over 16 million Instagram followers, she isn't going anywhere anytime soon. Plus, she's successfully infiltrated baking shows, music videos, and even designed her own fashion line in collaboration with Tommy Hilfiger. But how did she get here?
Like all successes, it didn't happen overnight. So, let's go through her origin story as we reveal the 18 things you did not know about the rise of Gigi Hadid.