Gigi Hadid opens up about feminism, modeling, and the struggles of fame

Gigi Hadid covers Variety's 'Power of Women' issue, and touches on several topics related to fame, feminism, and feeling empowered by her role as a supermodel.

On fame: "I always wanted success for myself. I wanted to support myself. Fame is something that I deal with and learn about every day. [She starts to tear up.] It makes me emotional because at times, fame makes you feel out of control of your life. It’s tough. Obviously, people judge you. People can create a headline or an opinion about someone based on a small moment or a mistake."

On feminism: "I saw my mom take so much control over her life. And even though my parents got divorced, they were always supportive, always spoke positively about each other, and that showed me so much strength in my mom. I understood from a young age that I wanted to be a bridge between people as someone who helps people accept each other. I think that’s how I want to be a feminist, as someone who helps women celebrate one another."

On modeling: "I think women [in modeling] are empowered. From the outside world, there’s misconceptions about the creative directions that are given to models. Obviously, I’m not pushing aside any negative thing that’s happened. But so much of the time is about friendship and community and creative partners. Backstage at shows, it’s really such a beautiful feeling. It’s a sisterhood."

She also opened up about her friendship with Taylor Swift, and seeing her 'Reputation' tour 10 times:

And why social media is important to her:

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