Supermodel Gigi Hadid Talks Being In The ‘Public Eye’ And How She’s Learned To Worry ‘Less About Other People’s Opinons’

Gigi Hadid seen out in Manhattan on July 12, 2016 in New York City.
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Supermodel Gigi Hadid talked about being in the “public eye” as one of the world’s most famous models and said she’s learned to worry “less about other people’s opinions.”

During the 26-year-old Victoria’s Secret model’s recent interview for Harper’s Bazaar magazine, Hadid shared how she’s learned to handle the paparazzi being everywhere she goes and said she’s realized it’s just “not that serious” — especially when it comes to what she wears.

“Look, there are days when I feel good and then there are days when it is clearly all about sweatpants – and you can judge me for that, or you can see that I am a real person,” Gigi told the outlet. “Sometimes I am just going across the street to grab a coffee and that’s not a fashion moment – and that’s OK.”

“Dealing with being in the public eye is kind of like a dance – and you have to learn to think less about other people’s opinions, because you know what? It’s just not that serious,” she added. “Fashion can be a great tool for self-expression if you don’t take it too seriously and don’t care so much about what other people think.”

In July of 2021, Gigi wrote a letter to paparazzi, press, and fan accounts issuing a plea to them to not post or publish photos of her first child with then-boyfriend Zayn Malik, a little girl, out of respect for her child’s privacy.

“As our baby grows up we have to realize that we can’t protect her from everything the way we wanted to and could when she was smaller,” the letter shared on Twitter read in part. “She loves seeing the world! And although she gets a lot of that out near the farm, she also gets to experience other places—a true blessing. On our most recent visits to New York, she has started to want her sun shade lifted up (something she is used to at home) and helps herself to it!”

“She doesn’t understand why she’s covered in the city or what I’ve wanted to protect her from,” she added. “I also want her to see the most amazing city in the world + the beautiful and diverse people that walk down the streets of NYC…that is, without the stress of the media circus that comes with parents who are public figures.”

“It would mean the world to us, as we take our daughter to see and explore NYC and the world, if you would PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE blur her face out of images, if and when she is caught on camera,” the letter continued. “I know it’s an extra effort—but as a new mom, I just want the best for my baby, as all parents do…and I hope this can continue the conversation to protect minors in the media, even if they come from a public family.”

At one point in the HB interview, Hadid also talked about stepping back from work during the early days of the pandemic and while she was pregnant with her first child, Khai Hadid Malik.

“After COVID, I was so ready to be around friends and people – and that has definitely brought the romance back into getting ready again,” the model shared. “I spent quarantine out of the city at the farm which was my place to just go and be comfortable – and of course, I was pregnant.”

“It was definitely a good point in my life to have a break, but I was ready to come back to work again, and you know, serve those looks,” she added, while laughing.

In September 2020, the lingerie model gave birth to her daughter with Malik, the former One Direction star. Gigi and Zayn first started dating in November 2015 and were together off and on for nearly six years before their last break up late last year.

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