“Google, read me my last text,” Gigi Hadid asks her phone during a vlog with Vogue online about her schedule. The supermodel looks pointedly at the camera as her gadget chats back to her. “Gigi, your schedule is pretty easy. After your shoot, meet us at JFK for Paris, London, Berlin, Rome, San Tropez, Antarctica, and Des Moines, Iowa. See you at the airport!”
It’s a typical week in the life of the world-famous model who, in the last few years, has achieved super-stardom. As well as modelling for Missoni (“It’s an honour and inspiration to see your creativity come to life,” she tweeted Angela), Gigi was named International Model of the Year by the British Fashion Council, did campaigns for Moschino and Fendi, and became the face of Tom Ford’s Velvet Orchid Lumière fragrance. She also has a range of footwear in collaboration with Stuart Weitzman, with part of the profits going towards building schools in Ghana, Guatemala and Laos. Apart from being “really good at sleeping on planes”, how does she keep up with so many commitments?
Tip one: rein in your social media use, sometimes. Despite having 7.8 million Twitter followers, she recently took a break “’cause it’s good for the soul”.
Step two: accept FOMO is a normal, acceptable emotion. Last year, she was “so bummed” to miss the Victoria’s Secret fashion show, after being unable to make it to China where it was held.
Gigi, who has Hashimoto’s disease, which is an autoimmune condition, thanks her model sister, Bella, for always reminding her to slow down in an industry where burnout is rife.
She’s also conscious of protecting her energy. Her latest shoe line for Stuart Weitzman bore the symbol of the evil eye. “My dad’s Palestinian and it’s a symbol I grew up with,” she revealed to Jimmy Fallon. “It’s in a lot of cultures… [and] has the same meaning of protecting you from bad energy… When you put them on, don’t let those bad things come your way.”