'Model of the moment' Gigi Hadid has the last laugh at agencies who told her she was too fat for high fashion
Mere days into fashion month, Gigi Hadid is already looks set to be the most talked about model of the season.
The high profile 20-year-old made her New York Fashion Week debut this season, and has already walked in line-ups for Diane Von Furstenberg, Jeremy Scott and Tommy Hilfiger in the last few days alone.
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The All-American blond bombshell looked like the cat who got the cream as she closed out Hilfiger's S/S 2016 show in a rasta-inspired monokini and beanie hat yesterday evening.
Stomping through the catwalk's artificial lake, the California native was tasked with ending the show with a memorable moment and she delivered by prancing down the runway hand in hand with her younger sister, Bella, whom she kissed affectionately on the cheek.
Since her appearance in the revealing swimsuit, the GUESS and Victoria's Secret model has been praised by fans for her athletic figure and natural beauty.
But it wasn't an easy rise to supermodel status for Gigi - who recently revealed that agencies wouldn't take her seriously and constantly rejected her due to her "fuller frame".
“When I first went to visit different agencies in New York, a lot of them were like, 'You have to lose a lot of weight,'" she told MailOnline earlier this year.
“I ate like a man – more than the man that I eat like now, like a bigger man – and it was crazy but at the time I didn’t care what my body looked like, I just wanted to be the best volleyball player I could be so it didn’t really matter to me,” Gigi explains. “My thighs were huge, they were like rock!”
“I would cry at night and my mom would be like, ‘We’re going to find the right people.'”
Eventually signing with IMG Models, Gigi's career has gone from strength to strength in the last year.
“If you just embrace yourself other people accept you in the same way," she says in hind sight.
“I’m kind of the model that everyone thought would always be the Guess, Sports Illustrated girl, then when I started to do high fashion stuff… people were like, ‘Oh so we can have a girl with like thighs and a butt in a Tom Ford campaign, cool,'” Gigi added.
“I just want to be a healthy role model and I haven’t swayed from that at all.”