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Gigi Hadid's father boasts $10M supermodel is 'self-made' and 'never took a dollar from her parents'


Gigi Hadid’s father boasts the $10million supermodel is ‘self-made’ and ‘never took a dollar from her parents’… but fans call out her ‘privileged’ upbringing

  • The 72-year-old real estate developer noted that Gigi ‘never took a dollar from her parents’ in a heartwarming post honoring his daughter
  • Gigi earned the seventh spot on Forbes’ highest-paid models list in 2018 for her multiple endorsement deals and branded lines
  • Fans were quick to criticize her ‘privileged’ upbringing as the daughter of a world famous model and wealthy businessman 

Gigi Hadid‘s real estate developer father Mohamed boasted that his supermodel daughter was ‘self-made’ in a series of Instagram photos shared on Wednesday.

The 72-year-old businessman noted that Gigi ‘never took a dollar from her parents’ in a heartwarming post meant to celebrate her many accomplishments through the years.

But fans were quick to criticize her ‘privileged’ upbringing as the daughter of a world famous model and wealthy developer, which included a lifestyle that also provided the opportunities to succeed in the industry.

Interesting: Gigi Hadid's real estate developer father Mohamed boasted that his supermodel daughter was 'self-made' in a series of Instagram photos shared on Wednesday

Interesting: Gigi Hadid’s real estate developer father Mohamed boasted that his supermodel daughter was ‘self-made’ in a series of Instagram photos shared on Wednesday

‘What the 20 things that you did not know about Gigi hadid? 1. Self Made.. never took a single Dollar from her parents,’ he wrote in a lengthy caption. ‘2. Started modeling for Baby Guess when she was in Khai’s age. 3. She was a jr Olympic volleyball contender.’

Gigi reportedly earned $9.5million in 2018 and the seventh spot on Forbes‘ list of highest paid models in the world.  

‘4. She was an Accomplished equestrian jr Olympic contender and hundreds of first place and national Championships.. still rides till today,’ he added. ‘5. She was excepted New York University forensic criminal psychology after high school.’ 

Proud papa: The 72-year-old businessman noted that Gigi 'never took a dollar from her parents' in a heartwarming post meant to celebrate her many accomplishments through the years; seen in 2015

Proud papa: The 72-year-old businessman noted that Gigi ‘never took a dollar from her parents’ in a heartwarming post meant to celebrate her many accomplishments through the years; seen in 2015

Star power: Gigi reportedly earned $9.5million in 2018 and the seventh spot on Forbes ' list of highest paid models in the world

Star power: Gigi reportedly earned $9.5million in 2018 and the seventh spot on Forbes ‘ list of highest paid models in the world

‘6.she has the highest number of Voguemagazine covers worldwide around fifty .. 7. Unicef USA ambassador and to African Middle East and Southeast Asia. To be continued.’

Followers jumped into his comments to note that while his daughter has worked hard, self made didn’t quite feel right.

‘Self made?? Born privileged more like it,’ one follower wrote, which amassed nearly 200 likes.

‘Self made? Her mom’s a model which is the only reason she got signed as well as Bella. You’re a rich developer who built mansions all over BH and Bel Air… she was born into money sis,’ Instagram user @gabriella_nicole_taylor wrote.

Throwbacks: Mohamed posted a few photos of his daughter through the years when describing her accomplishments

Throwbacks: Mohamed posted a few photos of his daughter through the years when describing her accomplishments

Talk about it: Followers jumped into his comments to note that while his daughter has worked hard, self made didn't quite feel right

Talk about it: Followers jumped into his comments to note that while his daughter has worked hard, self made didn’t quite feel right

One follower mentioned that it wasn’t Gigi’s fault she was ‘born into money,’ which @gabriella_nicole_taylor added: ‘who blamed or shamed her for that? All I said was she’s not self made because she’s benefitting from nepotism.’ 

The backlash felt similar to when Kylie Jenner was branded the youngest ‘self-made’ billionaire by Forbes in 2018 despite her extreme familial wealth even prior to Keeping Up With The Kardashians fame. 

Fans watched Gigi’s rise in the ranks in the modeling world thanks to her mother’s stint on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. 

In one scene from season four of the popular Bravo program, Yolanda flies to New York to help Gigi set up her first apartment in the city ahead of her first semester at The New School where she was set to study criminal psychology. 

'What the 20 things that you did not know about Gigi hadid? 1. Self Made.. never took a single Dollar from her parents,' he wrote in a lengthy caption. '2. Started modeling for Baby Guess when she was in Khai's age' (seen in 2018)

‘What the 20 things that you did not know about Gigi hadid? 1. Self Made.. never took a single Dollar from her parents,’ he wrote in a lengthy caption. ‘2. Started modeling for Baby Guess when she was in Khai’s age’ (seen in 2018)

‘I always felt she should take a year off and just work and make as much money as she can, and she didn’t want to,’ Yolanda told the camera.

Hadid also explained that Gigi was supposed to have a roommate, but that fell through because the other girl’s parents wanted her to live in a dorm with other freshmen.

‘I didn’t want Gigi to live in a dorm because I wanted her to be in more of a work environment,’ Yolanda said. ‘Kids party and go out and get drunk and I wanted her to really focus on her career where she has to get up at five in the morning and go to work and shoot all day. You know, that was important to me.’

The two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment in the trendy SoHo area of Manhattan was reportedly owned through a trust and hit the market in 2015 for $2.45million and sold for $2.3M six months later, according to Business Insider.  



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