Gigi Hadid on staying humble, her astrology obsession, and life on her farm for Harper’s Bazaar magazine. The models opens up to eight of her famous friends including Taylor Swift and Blake Lively for the April 2020 issue.
TAYLOR SWIFT: I’m seriously impressed that whenever you are in an immediate or stressful situation you fly into action. Is that something that’s always been natural for you?
GIGI: I’ve realized over time that I feel the most free when I express myself, whether through action, writing, or talking it out. Being honest always leads to something good, even if it takes a hard or awkward moment or conversation to get there; you can never go wrong with telling someone how you feel and speaking your truth. And you always learn something from it.
BLAKE LIVELY: What inspired you to make your own chairs by hand?
GIGI: When I’m spending time on the farm, I find it fun to try something new and see if I can pull it off. It’s liberating to just create without the end goal of it being necessary to finish. The chair idea came from that. I wanted to see if I could build a wood frame first and then pour resin into it and make a clear chair. I built the wood part and then through the next step learned that you can only dry resin in small layers, and the more layers I added, the more it was clear that I didn’t make my frame tightly sealed enough. Failed miserably. I ended up giving up on the big one and made a small-scale version, which worked a lot better! I like the “Try and fail and try again” method. It keeps it fun and interesting for me, and even through failures you can learn so much.
KACEY MUSGRAVES: What’s one thing you haven’t done yet that you’re dying to do? What are you most scared of?
GIGI: I skydived once, in Dubai. The actual jumping out of the plane is scarier than the falling. The view is the best part. I always told myself that if I did it again, I’d do it in a different place every time, because that perspective is one of a kind and unforgettable. It still terrifies me, which is why I want to do it again. It’s exhilarating, and I’m more of a sports-based risk-taker than anything else in life. I’d love to visit New Zealand or Iceland one day, so maybe I’ll do it in one of those places—if they allow skydiving.
ANTONI POROWSKI: Please explain how/when you discovered french fries with mashed potatoes as a thing to eat.
GIGI: I don’t remember exactly what night this was, but it was probably after a few passion fruit martinis at Le Chalet at L’Avenue at Saks, which makes my favorite mashed potatoes on the planet. We must have run out of ketchup, so I dipped the fries in the mashed potatoes—and eureka!
[Photo Credit: Sølve Sundsbø/Harper’s Bazaar Magazine]