Gigi Hadid Defends Her ‘Privilege’ In New Interview With ‘Elle’!

Just like her bestie Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid is addressing how her family connections helped her with her modeling career — if at all!

In Elle‘s new March issue, the cover girl denies her childhood with parents Yolanda Hadid and Mohamed Hadid are to thank for her fame. In fact, Gigi pushes back about working hard, saying:

“I mean, I understand it. I come from privilege, and I recognize my privilege. But because my mom was on a TV show [Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills], people think that my whole childhood was fame. It absolutely was not. My mom was a model. She moved to the States when she was 16 to send money back to her family in Holland. My dad was a refugee and worked his way up in every way. I work hard to honor my parents.”

Clearly it’s a sore topic for the 23-year-old as she only pursued supermodel stardom as a full-time career in her later teens…

Related: Yolanda Claps Back At Gigi/Bella Plastic Surgery Rumors!

But even with siblings Bella Hadid and Anwar Hadid following her footsteps, she’s not worried about the competition. Talking about her sister, Gi commented:

“Bella and I have very different styles. A job that wants Bella is not a job that I’m the right look for, so I never took that personally. In a lot of ways, she inspires me. We learn from each other.”

Which is especially important as the starlet also admits to never taking runway classes, clapping back at critics over her walk:

“I’d never gone to a runway class. Over the years, I’ve learned how to guide myself through it—how to stuff my shoes. A lot of people judged that I was a bad runway walker because they were literally watching me learn.”

And look where she is now! At the very top, and all without the help of her family — just privilege.

Anyway, take a peek at her cover and spread (below):

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“There are different levels of crazy—adventure excites me, and I’ve done a lot of adventurous things in my life,” @gigihadid tells @ninagarcia for her first U.S. ELLE cover. “But I’m a daredevil, not an idiot. I know my limits. Outside my comfort zone is usually when I don’t connect with the creative team on something—things that might offend other people,” she continues. “When I was young, and I knew in my heart that it wasn’t a creative thing I should be going for, I would try to reach out to people on set, but maybe they weren’t the right ones to talk to. As I’ve gotten more successful, people listen to me more. I have more confidence to know when I think something is wrong and stand up for that.”⁣ Link in bio. ⁣ ELLE March 2019 credits:⁣ Editor-in-chief: @ninagarcia⁣ Creative Director: #stephengan⁣ Photographer: @chriscolls⁣ Model: @gigihadid, @imgmodels⁣ Stylist: @ilona_hamer⁣ Wearing: @ferragamo, @cynthiarowley, @swarovski, @isabelmarant⁣ Production: Bjorn F. Gerling at Production Berlin Group, Sophie Meister at Production LA⁣ On-set production: Claudio Gomes and Gustavo Dantas⁣ Hair: @ward_hair, @thewallgroup⁣ Makeup: @fulviafarolfi, @bryanbantryinc⁣ Nails: @julieknailsnyc, @bryanbantryinc⁣ @belmond⁣ @janeirohotel, @latamairlines, @visitbrasil

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#GigiHadid on why she marched against Trump’s travel ban in 2017: “Hearing my family’s stories. My family was grateful to be given the chance to make a different life for themselves. Everyone could have stories like that if they were given the chance.” Link in bio for ELLE’s full March 2019 cover story.⁣⁣ ⁣ Editor-in-chief: @ninagarcia⁣⁣ Creative Director: #stephengan⁣⁣ Photographer: @chriscolls⁣⁣ Model: @gigihadid, @imgmodels⁣⁣ Stylist: @ilona_hamer⁣⁣ Wearing: @armani ⁣⁣ Production: Bjorn F. Gerling at Production Berlin Group, Sophie Meister at Production LA⁣⁣ On-set production: Claudio Gomes and Gustavo Dantas⁣⁣ Hair: @ward_hair, @thewallgroup⁣⁣ Makeup: @fulviafarolfi, @bryanbantryinc⁣⁣ Nails: @julieknailsnyc, @bryanbantryinc⁣⁣ @belmond⁣⁣ @janeirohotel, @latamairlines, @visitbrasil

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Gigi Hadid is currently on top of the world. But the 23-year-old fashion star doesn’t take any of it for granted. “I come from privilege, and I recognize my privilege,” she tells @ninagarcia for her first U.S. ELLE cover. “People think that my whole childhood was fame. It absolutely was not. My mom was a model. She moved to the States when she was 16 to send money back to her family in Holland. My dad was a refugee and worked his way up in every way. I work hard to honor my parents.” Link in bio for the full March 2019 cover story.⁣ ⁣ ELLE March 2019 credits:⁣ Editor-in-chief: @ninagarcia⁣ Creative Director: #stephengan⁣ Photographer: @chriscolls⁣ Model: @gigihadid, @imgmodels⁣ Production: Bjorn F. Gerling at Production Berlin Group, Sophie Meister at Production LA⁣ On-set production: Claudio Gomes and Gustavo Dantas⁣ Stylist: @ilona_hamer⁣ Wearing: @marcjacobs, @dior⁣ Hair: @ward_hair, @thewallgroup⁣ Makeup: @fulviafarolfi, @bryanbantryinc⁣ Nails: @julieknailsnyc, @bryanbantryinc⁣ @belmond⁣ @janeirohotel, @latamairlines, @visitbrasil

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#GigiHadid on her sister, @bellahadid: "A job that wants Bella is not a job that I'm the right look for, so I never took that personally. In a lot of ways, she inspires me. We learn from each other." Link in bio for the full cover story. ELLE March 2019 credits: Editor-in-chief: @ninagarcia Creative Director: #stephengan Photographer: @chriscolls Model: @gigihadid, @imgmodels Stylist: @ilona_hamer Wearing: @prada, @bulgari Production: Bjorn F. Gerling at Production Berlin Group, Sophie Meister at Production LA On-set production: Claudio Gomes and Gustavo Dantas Hair: @ward_hair, @thewallgroup Makeup: @fulviafarolfi, @bryanbantryinc Nails: @julieknailsnyc, @bryanbantryinc @belmond @janeirohotel, @latamairlines, @visitbrasil

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Feb 7, 2019 3:58pm PDT