Thursday 18 October 2018

Yolanda Hadid: 'I didn't want Gigi and Bella judged as models before 18'

She’s the mother of two of the top models of the moment.

(L-R) Bella Hadid, Yolanda Foster, Gigi Hadid and Mohamed Hadid attend the Victoria's Secret After Party at the Grand Palais on November 30, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
(L-R) Bella Hadid, Yolanda Foster, Gigi Hadid and Mohamed Hadid attend the Victoria's Secret After Party at the Grand Palais on November 30, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
Gigi Hadid, left, Yolanda Hadid and Bella Hadid attend a book signing for Yolanda's memoir "Believe Me" at Barnes & Noble on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
(L-R) Gigi Hadid, Anwar Hadid, Yolanda Foster and Bella Hadid attend the Global Lyme Alliance "Uniting for a Lyme-Free World" Inaugural Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on October 8, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Global Lyme Alliance)
Yolanda Hadid, from left, Bella Hadid and Gigi Hadid attend the 2017 Glamour Women of the Year Awards at Kings Theatre on Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Yolanda Foster and models Bella Hadid and Gigi Hadid attend the 2017 Glamour Women of the Year Awards at the Kings Theater in Brooklyn, New York, U.S., November 13, 2017. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
Yolanda, Bella and Gigi Hadid attend Glamour's 2017 Women of The Year Awards at Kings Theatre on November 13, 2017 in Brooklyn, New York. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISSANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images
Models Bella Hadid and Gigi Hadid and Yolanda Foster attend the 2017 Glamour Women of the Year Awards at the Kings Theater in Brooklyn, New York, U.S., November 13, 2017. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
Models Bella Hadid and Gigi Hadid and Yolanda Foster attend the 2017 Glamour Women of the Year Awards at the Kings Theater in Brooklyn, New York, U.S., November 13, 2017. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
Bella and Gigi Hadid
Yolanda Hadid: I made Gigi and Bella wait until 18 to become models (Ian West/PA)

By Lucy Mapstone, Press Association Deputy Entertainment Editor

Yolanda Hadid has said she wanted her daughters Gigi and Bella to wait until they are 18 to become models because she did not want them to be judged in their younger years.

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star said that Gigi later thanked her for making her hold back because she would have struggled with her success at the age of 16.

Hadid, 54, told the Press Association that it was her “philosophy” to encourage her daughters to wait to become models until they were adults.

She said: “I didn’t want them being judged during the most empowering, important time of a young woman’s life – when you start your period, you get your boobies, it’s a very… changing time in our life, that you need to be left alone.

Yolanda Hadid, from left, Bella Hadid and Gigi Hadid attend the 2017 Glamour Women of the Year Awards at Kings Theatre on Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Yolanda Hadid, from left, Bella Hadid and Gigi Hadid attend the 2017 Glamour Women of the Year Awards at Kings Theatre on Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

“Like, just live life, be in your flip flops, do sports, learn to have a boyfriend, fall in love, fall out of love.

“Make or break, you have to experience life because if you’re not given those life experiences, you don’t have anything to give when you’re in front of the camera.

“It’s all about the perspective, it’s all about the pulling from life experiences, and if you haven’t had any life experience you don’t have anything to give.”

Hadid said she was “very rigid” about them not starting before the age of 18, although she said that Gigi did press her on that sometimes.

Gigi Hadid, left, Yolanda Hadid and Bella Hadid attend a book signing for Yolanda's memoir
Gigi Hadid, left, Yolanda Hadid and Bella Hadid attend a book signing for Yolanda's memoir "Believe Me" at Barnes & Noble on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

“Now four years later she’s like ‘thank God you gave me those two extra years to be free and to live life and to be just me, because I could have never handled this amount of success at age 16’,” she added.

Gigi, 22, and Bella, 21, have enjoyed successful careers as models in recent years, and they both currently appear on the front cover of British Vogue magazine.

Hadid, who previously worked as a model before becoming a reality TV star, is now hosting her own TV series Making A Model, in which she coaches aspiring teen models to succeed on and off the catwalk.

She said: “But for the show it’s different because I bring on very young girls, it’s not about pushing them in the industry today, it’s more about the love of the dream.

Bella and Gigi Hadid
Bella and Gigi Hadid

“Every young teenager has the dream to be a model, but yet they don’t really understand, they have no realistic expectations, of what it is the business is or what it is they have to bring to the table, because they’re still so young.

“It’s a great story, because I want 14-year-olds to go ‘oh yeah, I want to be a model and I want to be on the cover of Vogue and I want to be a Victoria’s Secret Angel’, yet you’re living off of a dream everyday which might not be realistic.”

– Making A Model with Yolanda Hadid airs on Lifetime at 9pm, Thursday February 8

Press Association

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