March 7, 2023 | 7:00
Gigi Hadid has admitted to being a “nepo baby” – and says she doesn’t think of herself as the “most beautiful person in the world.”
The supermodel is considered to be one of the most successful runway stars in the world, along with her sister Bella Hadid, but even she admits to having some much-needed help to get to the top.
“Technically, I’m a nepotism baby,” Hadid told the Times of London. “My parents came from very little.”
“I’ve always recognized that I come from privilege,” she added.
The model, whose real name is Jelena Hadid, 27, is the daughter of Dutch model Yolanda Hadid, who also starred on “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” from 2012 to 2016.
Meanwhile, her father is Palestinian-born property developer and tycoon Mohamed Hadid.
“My parents told me, ‘Just because you have parents who have been successful doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go into the job and be as nice and hardworking as you can be,'” Gigi added.
The term “nepo baby” refers to celeb children who have gained a leg up in the entertainment industry because of their famous parents, and served as the inspiration behind New York magazine’s viral “Year of the Nepo Baby” cover story.
Gigi added that she doesn’t think she’s the “most beautiful person in the world” and “could probably do” with some Botox.
On her journey to global stardom, Gigi landed her first modeling gig when she was just two.
She went on to work with Victoria’s Secret before making her New York Fashion Week debut in 2014.
Since then, she has walked the runway for almost every fashion house and has graced the cover of every fashion magazine.
Hadid’s comments about nepotism come three months after Vulture posted an article naming all the people in Hollywood who have benefited from being the children of famous parents.
Some of those named included Lottie Moss, half-sister of Kate Moss; O’Shea Jackson Jr., son of rapper Ice Cube; and Lily Allen, daughter of actor Keith Allen and film producer Alison Owen.
While most celebrities have chosen to stay mum on the subject, actress Jamie Lee Curtis recently joked about being a product of nepotism during her monologue at the 2023 SAG Awards.
“I got my SAG card when I was 19 years old when I signed a seven-year contract with Universal Studios and starred in an ABC television series called ‘Operation Petticoat,’ which was based on the movie that my father, Tony Curtis — nepo baby — starred,” Curtis said last month.
“The current conversation about nepo babies is only designed to try to diminish and belittle and hurt. For the record, I have navigated 44 years with the benefits that my associated and reflected fame afforded me.
“I don’t pretend there’s no one trying to tell me I have no value on my own,” she concluded.