Netizens Slam Gigi Hadid’s Dad for Calling Her ‘Self-made’, Say She was Born into Money
The much celebrated American-Palestinian Model Gigi Hadid turned 26 on Friday, and her proud father Mr. Mohammed (72), took to Instagram to wish and celebrate his daughter and shared a collection of her pictures along with a heartfelt note. He stated about 20 things that fans “did not know about” and also makes him a proud father. In his post he declared that Gigi is a self-made person who never took a single dollar from her parents and that she has been standing on her own feet since she was as old as her daughter Khai, modelling for Baby Guess being her first professional work.
Mr. Mohammed went on to mention how Gigi was a sports star, a junior Olympic volleyball contender and an accomplished equestrian junior Olympic contender. She had won “hundreds” of national Championships and still rides till today, and maybe we cannot deny that, given that the sisters are often seen to have a soft spot for horse-riding on their Instagram handles.
Talking about her academic achievements, he went on to write that the model was accepted by New York University for a course in forensic criminal psychology after high school, even professionally Mr. Mohammed couldn’t help but point out the fact that his daughter has the highest number of Vogue magazine covers worldwide which comes to around fifty. And lastly, Gigi is also the UNICEF USA ambassador to Africa, Middle East, and Southeast Asia.
But of course, users were very quick to point out and clarify their views on being “self-made”. One of them commented that Gigi comes from a privileged background, and hence calling her ‘self-made’ would be an exaggeration. The comment box witnessed many such comments saying “Gigi is definitely not self-made”, “Sure. And Marciano is your close friend so of course, she modelled for Guess as a baby”, “Self-made?? Born privileged, more like it”
Well, this might not be a blow, given that social media is a platform for judgement and everybody has an opinion and are apparently entitled to pass on comments as and when they please! (heavy sarcasm) since there are little to no consequences to what one can say from behind the screens anonymously.
Zayn and Gigi have had a tumultuous relationship since they began dating in late 2015. They broke up in March 2018 and got back together in June 2018, then split up again in November 2018 before finally reconciling in December 2019.
After reigniting their flame in 2019, the couple confirmed that they were expecting a baby in April 2020. After opening up and announcing the news, Gigi has kept everyone updated by posting various photos and captions on social media pages, primarily Instagram, including an elaborate maternity photoshoot.
Surprisingly, it was Zayn who took to Twitter and later Instagram to share the news of the baby’s arrival with the world with a snapshot of him holding her hand and a sweet caption that said, “Our baby girl is here, healthy and beautiful. To try to put into words how I am feeling right now would be an impossible task. The love I feel for this tiny human is beyond my understanding. Grateful to know her, proud to call her mine, and thankful for the life we will have together x.”
Later, Hadid also posted a picture of Zayn cuddling the baby with a caption, “Our girl joined us earth-side this weekend, and she’s already changed our world. So in love.” Instagram blew up at this point and likes and comments, and wishes started pouring in.
Everyone was still left in suspense regarding the baby’s name, and theories were floating around, with everyone taking wild guesses. Gigi finally revealed their daughter’s name to the world, where instead of a big reveal, she silently changed her Instagram bio to include the line “Khai’s mom.” Eagle-eyed fans noticed this change, and soon it was making headlines in various celebrity news outlets.
Later, we got to know that Zayn and Gigi have joined the rank of parents in getting their child’s name tattooed symbolically on their body. Zayn showed off his tattoo in tribute to his daughter just a day after Gigi changed her Instagram bio.
On January 22, fans noticed new ink in an Instagram Live video, which seemed to be Khai’s name in Arabic. Not even a month had passed, and on February 4, Vogue released an episode of its Beauty Secrets series in which Gigi talked about her skincare and beauty routine and how it has changed post-pregnancy.
E! Online, a magazine, noticed that the video showed the audience a crystal clear view of a new previously unseen tattoo on her bicep. The tattoo says “Khai,” her daughter’s name in Arabic, just like Zayn’s except that it’s smaller than his.
Now we have them both having matching tattoos in tribute to their daughter, and if that does not signify their love and devotion for each other and Khai, I don’t know what does.
Unfortunately, there haven’t been any pictures posted by either Gigi or Zayn which show Khai’s face. Instead, they have posted sweet little snippets of her on Instagram, and fans haven’t stopped gushing over how cute it is.