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As we wave goodbye to Gisele, naturally we must wave hello to a new influx of models and this year, there has been one that has stood out from the rest, with real potential to fill Gisele’s shoes. Recently revealed as the new face of Maybelline, causing a storm at last month’s fashion week and BFF’s with Kendall Jenner and Taylor Swift, Gigi Hadid is the one to watch.
Starting her career at the age of just ten with a contract for GUESS, Gigi has since gone onto bag several editorials with Sports Illustrated, American Vogue and even earned herself a coveted spot in the 2015 Pirelli calendar; a hotly anticipated calendar that cannot be bought but rather is ‘sent’ to a select few in the industry. Starring alongside the likes of Adriana Lima, Joan Smalls and Isabeli Fontana, Gigi scored herself Miss November and is rumoured to be making her Victoria’s Secret debut at this November’s annual lingerie show.
Not only is the nineteen year old (yeah, we’re a bit depressed about it too) set to have a long career ahead of her, she has also bared a softer side to her fierce looks by revealing to her twitter fans her birthday wish, “food gift cards to keep in my wallet to give to those I pass on the streets of NYC and elsewhere that are in need of a meal”. Of course it wouldn’t be a heart-warming anecdote if it didn’t have a happy ending, which of course it does, for her boyfriend fulfilled that wish and provided her with a whole batch of McDonald’s cards for the homeless.
Whilst that is just one of my reasons to love Gigi, there are many more. There is simply something refreshing about her, from her attitude to life and staying fit, “Eat clean to stay fit, have a burger to stay sane” that seems just that bit more ‘normal’ than perhaps Gisele and Naomi did. And asked by Vogue who her ‘favourite living icon’ is she responded with Beyoncé; the correct answer for a girl after my own heart.