Having graced hundreds of runways, starred on countless magazine covers, and with a cult global following behind her—Gigi Hadid is undoubtedly one of the most famous models to walk the planet.
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But that doesn’t stop critics claiming her success is down to privilege, with many giving her parents, Mohamed and Yolanda Hadid, the credit.
In response to the widespread criticism, the 23-year-old recently spoke out against fan backlash at the launch of her collaboration with Reebok.
At the Sydney-based event, the model spoke candidly about her upbringing: “People say that I don’t deserve to be where I am because I come from this successful family, but my parents were f*cking hardworking.”
She continued, “My dad was a refugee. My mom was on a farm, went to New York, and worked to send money back to her family. They worked their asses off, and they’ve given me a life because of their hard work, and I work hard to honor that.”
The model added, “I shouldn’t stay in my house because people say, ‘You don’t deserve to be here because they were successful’. That’s not how I consider it in my house.”