#1: She landed an American Vogue cover
It was the August 2016 issue (themed around the Olympics), and though she shares it with athlete Ashton Eaton, it can still be considered a milestone in her career.
#2: Her relationship with Zayn Malik went very public
This year’s Met Gala represented the first time the power couple took to the red carpet together. Hadid’s look was perfectly on point with the theme (man meets machine, basically).
#3: She designed an entire collection with Tommy Hilfiger
Making its debut at New York Fashion Week, the show was a total media circus, with the likes of Taylor Swift and Martha Hunt turning up to show their support for Hadid. We hear from insiders that the collection sold extremely well – more proof of her appeal.
#4: She owned fashion month
While the Hadid sisters collectively did extremely well this season, it was older sister Gigi who really sealed the deal: she opened five shows and closed another seven – and that’s not even counting the other shows she walked in.
One of fashion month’s highlights was when she closed Bottega Veneta’s 50th anniversary show together with one of the most legendary supermodels, Laura Hutton. They made for an extremely adorable pair walking together – the original all-American girl meets her contemporary counterpart.
#5: She hosted the American Music Awards
Though it was her first time hosting, she more than looked the part in at least six outfit changes. Our favourite? This custom Atelier Versace number that made her look like a real life Jessica Rabbit.
#6: She was voted model of the year
Capping off her fantastic year was her big win at this year’s British Fashion Awards – Hadid clinched the International Model of the Year award over her little sister Bella and BFF Kendall Jenner. How significant, exactly, was this award? It’s voted on by industry insiders instead of the public, cementing Hadid’s current status in the business.
Main image: @gigi.hadid.news Instagram
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