As one of the world’s biggest supermodels, Gigi Hadid’s private life has often become, well, not so private.
Fame is something the mother and Next In Fashion presenter has been honest about struggling with, particularly with regards to her daughter (with ex partner Zayn Malik), Khai. Sitting down with Miu Miu, on the set of the new Arcadie bag campaign she stars in, the 28-year-old shared how she maintained the balance between fame and privacy.
‘It takes time, and you learn from trial and error,’ Hadid explained, ‘but I think becoming a mom has really helped me to prioritise the balance of being home at my farmhouse and fully focussed on my time with my daughter, and making sure my time to work consists of jobs and experiences that are fulfilling for me.’
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Back in 2021, the Californian star penned an open letter to paparazzi and the press, asking them to respect her and Malik’s wish to keep Khai’s face hidden: ‘Our wish is that she can choose how to share herself with the world when she comes of age, and that she can live as normal of a childhood as possible, without worrying about a public image that she has not chosen.’
Hadid herself is embracing her juggle to balance time as a present mother with her career as an iconic model.
‘I take my job from a very professional and creative perspective. I’m there to get the job done, sell the product, but you have to understand the story you are there to tell as well,’ Hadid said. ‘What I enjoy most is the friendships I have made from spending time on set. I love watching everyone and taking in their different crafts; I think a good model needs to understand everything that’s going on around them, too.’
Shot by Steven Meisel, featuring the new Arcadie and classic Wander styles in matelassé, the campaign is in the style of famous ‘Big Eye’ artist Margaret D. H. Keane’s work.
‘Any time spent in front of Steven’s lens is an honour, but shooting this campaign and celebrating a new partnership with Miu Miu was special,’ Hadid said. ‘I was so excited about this concept and especially enjoyed this set design by Mary Howard — she and Steven always make magic together, and the set being based on paintings made it so Miuccia. It was fun to walk onto a set that made me feel small and take on this character.’