Gigi Hadid opens up about pressure to be 'perfect'

Rebekah Scanlan
Senior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

Gigi Hadid is one of the most successful models of the moment.

But the 23-year-old has opened up about the pressure she experiences to be ‘perfect’ during an appearance in Sydney.

Talking as the face of a new female empowerment movement called #BeMoreHuman, the international star confessed many people questioned if she was the right fit.

Gigi Hadid is the face of a female empowerment campaign #BeMoreHuman and was in Sydney to discuss her role today. Source: Yahoo Lifestyle

“A little comment that I would see come up when I started the Be More Human campaign is, ‘Why is Gigi the face if she’s what people think of as perfect, why would you say that she is human,'” she said.

“But that’s the point. Regardless of who you are, or what you do, you always are allowed to give yourself room to screw up and learn and grow,” Gigi continued.

The international star went on to explain that she tries not to take on the criticism she’s received for being involved.

“Just because people see you as being perfect, that doesn’t mean that’s the pressure you have to put on yourself.”

Gigi is a Reebok ambassador and has teamed up with the sports brand to create a new line. Source: Getty

Gigi also added that while she is “competitive with myself” and always striving to “be better”, she is just like everyone else and can “make mistakes”.

“I’m a human and someone that can make mistakes,” she said. “But I can still learn and grow and be better.”

She also touched on the backlash she experienced from her Vogue Arabia cover at the start of last year, in which she donned an embellished Hijab, at the event held at Sydney’s Carriageworks.

“When I shot the cover of Vogue Arabia, I wasn’t ‘Arab enough’ to be representing those girls, even though I’m half-Palestinian,” she said. “I’m as Palestinian as I am Dutch. Just because I have blonde hair, I still carry the value of my ancestors and I appreciate and respect that.


The star was joined by three inspiring Aussie women for the panel discussion, including diversity activist Amna Karra-Hassan, indigenous heritage First Nations choreographer and dancer Amrita Hepi and Paralympian, gold medalist athlete Kelly Cartwright.

Jule Sebastian was also at the intimate event as the MC.

Gigi flew into Australia on Thursday to launch the campaign created by Reebok, as well as give the world first glimpse at her new activewear range for the sports brand.

She also launched her new active wear range, Reebok X Gigi Hadid. Source: Yahoo Lifestyle

“I really wanted to bring Reebok’s heritage and my heritage as an athlete but also me personally together, and so you guys will see there’s little kind of details where I’ve brought my own style,” she said about the activewear.

Last week Gigi walked in the annual Victoria’s Secret show alongside well-know names like Kendall Jenner and veteran Adriana Lima. 

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