Gigi Hadid's dad says she's 'self made', sparkling criticism

Photo credit: Gary Gershoff - Getty Images
Photo credit: Gary Gershoff - Getty Images

Gigi Hadid has had a busy year, what with having a baby in the middle of a pandemic with boyfriend Zayn Malik. Now, she finds herself at the centre of a privilege debate, thanks to dad Mohamed Hadid claiming she’s ‘self-made’.

The business man, who is also father to model Bella Hadid and Dua Lipa’s boyfriend Anwar Hadid, posted a ‘20 things you didn’t know about Gigi Hadid” on his Instagram account on Thursday (April 22). In the post, Mohamed said that Gigi is; “Self Made.. never took a single Dollar from her parents [sic]”

The use of the phrase 'self made' received criticism from fans. While Gigi has no doubt forged her own impressive career, some Instagram users pointed out that Mohamed is reportedly worth $100-200 million (via Capital FM) and her mum is former supermodel and ex-Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star, Yolanda Hadid.

“Self made?? [sic] Born privileged more like it,” commented one user. Someone else added, “They never worked hard for anything. Their whole career is bought”.

Another user pointed out that while Gigi's responsible for her career choices now, her parents likely enabled opportunities that might have otherwise been inaccessible.

"It’s just accumulated since they were children from their parents putting them into modelling and putting the money away for their future," the comment read. "So they have no need to ask them for money as it’s always been there for them."

Other followers jumped to the Hadid's defence though. “She was born privileged but that doesn’t mean she didn’t work hard to get where she is right now,” said one fan. “It’s not a crime to be born privileged,” hit back another.

Photo credit: Dimitrios Kambouris - Getty Images
Photo credit: Dimitrios Kambouris - Getty Images

The argument mirrors the backlash Kylie Jenner faced in 2019 after being named by Forbes’ as the 'Youngest self-made billionaire of all time', though she was later stripped of the title.

So, how much is Gigi Hadid really worth? According to Celebrity Net Worth, Gigi has $29 million sitting in the bank, while sister Bella is just behind with $25 million. They were both ranked in the top 10 of Forbes’ ‘World's Highest-Paid Models’ list in 2018.

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