Gigi Hadid looks so incredible in a bikini. Thanks to her athletic figure and long legs, she rocketed to modeling fame via swimwear. At just 18 years old, Gigi was named a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition Rookie of the Year in 2014, thanks to her killer bikini body.
In 2016, the supermodel in the making walked in her first Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, earning her wings and strutting her stuff in lingerie. That same year, Gigi was named International Model of the year by the British Fashion Council. She would go on to rule the runways of New York, London, Milan and Paris Fashion Weeks as her career progressed. But it all started with bikinis.
When Gigi broke on the scene, she was fresh out of high school where she was a star athlete. “At the time I was still starting out in my career, I was coming out of high school, I still had my volleyball body,” she told i-D Magazine in 2020 about how she looked in 2015.
“It was a body that I loved,” she said. “I knew how hard I worked to have those muscles, to be curved in those places — I kind of miss it now. At the time, people were hard on me and tried to say that I didn’t have a runway body.” Fortunately, her curves served her well as a bikini model.
Gigi later revealed that after she shed pounds for a slimmer frame in order to gain more runway work, she missed her old figure. “I loved my body when I was curvier,” she said during a September 2018 panel with other models. “Then as I lost [the weight], people were still mean.”
She continued, “Yeah, I know I’m skinny. I’m looking in the mirror. I’m trying to eat burgers and do squats. I want an ass too. I get it. I got it. Thank you!” But Gigi was accepting of how her body had evolved in the world of modeling.
“If I could choose, I would have my ass back and I would have the t–ts I had a few years ago,” she told Harper’s Bazaar in April 2018. “But honestly, we can’t look back with regret. I loved my body then, and I love my body now.”
After the September 2020 birth of Gigi’s daughter Khai, whom she shares with ex-boyfriend Zayn Malik, the runway queen revealed that she didn’t feel pressure to get her pre-baby catwalk body back.
“I know that I’m not as small as I was before, but I also am a very realistic thinker,” she told Vogue in a March 2021. “I straight up was like, ‘Yeah, I’ll shoot a Vogue cover, but I’m obviously not going to be a size 0,’ nor do I, at this point, feel like I need to be back to that.”
Gigi added that as more inclusive figures are being featured within the modeling industry, “I also think it’s a blessing of this time in fashion that anyone who says that I have to be that can suck it.”
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