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Gigi Hadid Looks Back At Her Old Body: 'I Kind Of Miss It Now'

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By Melissa Weirick

During an interview for the spring issue if i-D magazine, Gigi Hadid gave some insight on what it was like starting out in the dog-eat-dog world of modeling. While things are quite different now - she's practically a household name - it wasn't always that way. Before she hit the runway, the star had been a passionate volleyball player in high school, and that's the shape she was in when she broke onto the scene. And because of her muscly curves, casting directors didn't see her body fit for the runway.

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“[Jean Paul Gaultier] was the first designer that let me walk on a runway in Paris, it was in his last ready-to-wear show. At the time, I was still starting out in my career, I was coming out of high school, I still had my volleyball body.” The type of body that runway models typically have is lanky and waif-like, not toned with years of training. But the body that she had was one that Gigi was proud of and happy with.

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“It was a body that I loved. I knew how hard I worked to have those muscles, to be curved in those places—I kind of miss it now. At the time, people were hard on me and tried to say that I didn’t have a runway body.” Even if she was cast in shows, the model says that directors would try and cover up the shape of her body with baggy clothing because it wasn't exactly what they were looking for.

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“So for Jean Paul to have me at his last ready-to-wear show in 2015—not only to have me, but also to put me in an outfit that didn’t cover a lot… like, there were still stylists or designers at that time who were putting me in their shows, but putting me something that really covered my body. And so for him to make me feel like he wanted me to shine in that way, it really meant a lot to me as a young model. And I know that he has done that for a lot of people.”

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Last month, Gigi got to walk in another one of Jean-Paul's shows and it was a full-circle moment for her. “I was so honoured to be asked to walk in it, because he didn’t just work with the people who he’d worked with for his whole career, but he also streetcast so much of his last couture show. And I think that says so much about who he is as a designer and as a person. He cares so much about the person that’s wearing the look and bringing out something in them.”

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Gigi is only 24 years old. From many perspectives, she's barely begun. Age is seen a bit differently from a model's point of view, but with her versatility and strong head on her shoulders, Gigi should have a long career ahead of her - doing whatever she so chooses. “I think that as I get older… well one day I’ll start a family and I don’t know if I will always be modeling. I love the creative side of fashion, it’s so fulfilling. The people I work with make me so happy, I’m so lucky to be around them. But who knows? Maybe I’ll take up full time cooking!”

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