Gigi Hadid Reveals Naomi Campbell Modeling Advice in LOVE Magazine
The photos -- which see a chaste Gomez in a flower crown and denim overalls and Jenner, wearing a pink wig, looking apathetic in hers -- were shot by casting agent Carin Backoff, and will be included in the magazine’s upcoming 24-page spread.
Although each subject has her own cover, Hadid landed the coveted profile, where she talks about the trials she’s faced in her journey to the top of the modeling world.
"I was always told as a kid that you need five Vogue covers to be a supermodel. I don’t know if I consider myself a supermodel but that was what I was told you need to do,” she said, before counting off her numerous Vogue covers. "There was Italia, Netherlands, Brazil, Spain. There’s another one. I’m forgetting. I think I got six, shooting another tomorrow, another comes out in a couple of weeks in the UK. Crazy, right?"
A supermodel by her own definition, then, Hadid probably brushes off most criticism at this point, right? Well, not exactly. When word got out that Hadid would be walking at the 2015 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, the press was quick to call nepotism, saying her runway walk was not that of a seasoned model.
But Hadid got some advice from renowned supermodel Naomi Campbell, who told her to ignore the criticism: “I was with Naomi a couple of weeks before the VS show. She said, ‘Don’t apologize, don’t do it. You are perfect the way you are. Everyone said my walk was weird too.’"
She then helped Hadid practice her walk in the hallway of Campbell’s hotel. "I go to [Naomi's] hotel and we end up practicing walking in the hallway of the hotel. Italian families are coming out to watch and she’s like, 'Don’t look at them, keep walking, they’re your audience.' The elevator would open and the waiter would come out – 'Don’t look at him, he’s your audience, do a spin and keep going.'"
"It was terrifying, walking in front of this Italian grandmother and her kid," she said. But Campbell's advice ultimately helped Hadid regain her confidence. "After getting a lot of different opinions about my past Fashion Week I went into the VS show thinking, 'Yeah. Maybe I am different, but I have heard Naomi saying, ‘Bitch better have my money after I walked for her.’ So it’s going to be fine.' If people don’t like how I walk then they don’t have to watch."
Check out more photos and snippets from the interview over at LOVE Magazine, and pick up a copy when it hits newsstands on February 8.
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