Gigi Hadid Recalls Being Told to Lose Weight to Become a Model

You look at her now and you’d never guess that Gigi Hadid was denied several times before becoming the bombshell supermodel she is today.

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In fact, the 20-year-old model – who plays the sexy leading role in Calvin Harris’ new music video – was asked to lose weight before she could ever make it in the industry.

Chatting with the Daily Mail Australia, Hadid reveals that she had a more athletic body growing up due to her love for volleyball.

“My thighs were huge, they were like rock! I had like crazy muscles and I [ate] like a man — more than the man that I eat like now, like a bigger man,” she explains. “And it was crazy but at the time I didn’t care what my body looked like, I just wanted to be the best volleyball player I could be so it didn’t really matter to me.”

However, when she started to get the itch to model, several New York agencies denied her. “A lot of them were like, ‘You have to lose a lot of weight.’ I would cry at night and my mom would be like, ‘We’re going to find the right people.'”

Eventually they did find the right people and flash forward a few years later, Hadid is now one of the most in-demand models in town.

“It’s funny because once you start to embrace what you have, it starts to be what you’re known for,” Hadid explains of finding success in her own skin. “I’m kind of the model that everyone thought would always be the Guess, Sports Illustrated girl, then when I started to do high fashion stuff… people were like, ‘Oh so we can have a girl with like thighs and a butt in a Tom Ford campaign, cool.'”

And though she does watch her diet a bit more now than she did in her teenage years, Hadid says she refuses to be stick-thin.

“Once I started modeling, one of my things was like yeah, I don’t need to be a man volleyball player but I also don’t want to be like two pounds soaking wet,” she says. “And that’s always something that I was very strong minded about, I just want to be a healthy role model and I haven’t swayed from that at all.”