At just 24 years old, Gigi Hadid is one of the most well-known faces in fashion, and stars on the cover of the latest issue of Harper's Bazaar US.
Her jet-setting life now couldn't be more different from her childhood spent growing up on a farm in California. In the accompanying cover interview, the model answers questions from some of her famous friends - including Taylor Swift, Kendall Jenner and Serena Williams - in which she shares her biggest life lessons to date.
Always be honest
"Being honest always leads to something good, even if it takes a hard or awkward moment or conversation to get there; you can never go wrong with telling someone how you feel and speaking your truth," says Hadid. "And you always learn something from it."
Hold onto your integrity
Rising so rapidly to fame has never made Hadid feel different about herself, she says. "I think that I’ve always seen myself the same," she explained. "Although I’ve had dreams come true and gotten to experience so much, my inner dialogue has always been one of self-reflection and keeping integrity as my main focus in everything I do."
"I trust that everything we go through, good or bad, is for the better. I try to see the good in people first and remember that everyone is continuously trying to grow and do their best."
Appreciate the little things
The model also opened up about how her early years spent on the farm has made her value the simple things in life.
"It’s allowed me to fill my days off with the little things that make me happy, like art, gardening, yoga, cooking, being outside, and spending time with my loved ones and animals without having to worry about things like what I’m wearing or how my hair looks, or being photographed or seen that day," she notes. "Being away from the city and the public eye makes me feel like a kid again, and that freedom has been really healing for me."
Learn from your failures
"I like the 'try and fail and try again' method. It keeps it fun and interesting for me, and even through failures you can learn so much," said Hadid. The model explained that whenever she's spending time on the farm, she challenges herself to trying something new - like making her own chairs by hand, which is a current passion project.
"It’s liberating to just create without the end goal of it being necessary to finish," she added.
"I wanted to see if I could build a wood frame first and then pour resin into it and make a clear chair. I built the wood part and then through the next step learned that you can only dry resin in small layers, and the more layers I added, the more it was clear that I didn’t make my frame tightly sealed enough. Failed miserably."
Challenge your fears
When asked what her biggest fear is, Hadid reminisced about challenging herself to a skydive in Dubai.
"The actual jumping out of the plane is scarier than the falling. The view is the best part. I always told myself that if I did it again, I’d do it in a different place every time, because that perspective is one of a kind and unforgettable," she says.
"It still terrifies me, which is why I want to do it again. It’s exhilarating, and I’m more of a sports-based risk-taker than anything else in life. I’d love to visit New Zealand or Iceland one day, so maybe I’ll do it in one of those places—if they allow skydiving."
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