Earlier this week, Vogue Australia released their full cover story with Gigi Hadid for their July 2018 issue. Gigi opened up about the not-so-perfect reality behind her seemingly flawless life. She talked about the "lack of control" that she has over her enviable career as a supermodel, and the "pain" that comes with trying to be perfect.
Gigi revealed that the most stressful part of her job "came from coming on and off a plane." She said, "I had realised how much time I had spent in the air and it represented a lot of the lack of control that you feel in a job where you travel all the time.”
Gigi admits that lack of control comes with the territory of being a model. "We have no control over what we wear, the creative production of the shoot and the creative direction," she says.
When it comes to her career, Gigi says that her greatest flaw is not knowing how to refuse. “Learning to say no, I think, is a big thing I’ve had to tackle … everyone has to learn to stand up for themselves at a point in their lives and in work.”
Adding to Gigi's stress is the constant pressure to be perfect. “Perfectionism can be a good thing, but it always comes with a level of pain too," Gigi says.
“I feel misunderstood in a lot of ways. I’ve tried for the length of my career to show who I am and what’s important to me but I’m trying to remember that I can’t meet everyone and prove myself to everyone, so therefore I have to accept that there are going to be misunderstandings.”
Gigi also feels the pressure to honour her parents, who "came from nothing." Hadid says, "I know I come from privilege, so when I started there was this big guilt of privilege, obviously."
"There are so many girls who come [from] all over the world and work their arses off and send money home to their families like my mother did, and I wanted to stand next to them backstage and for them to look at me and respect me and to know that it’s never about me trying to overshadow or take their place. So when I started out I wanted to prove myself so badly that sometimes I would overwork myself."
Like her sister Bella, Gigi says that unplugging from social media is the best way to cope with the constant chaos of fame. "When you’re in that social media bubble it feels so heated and flammable and then when you step away from it, it just gets lost in the clouds,” she says.
To read Gigi's full interview, click here.