Warning: This article contains discussion of disordered eating.
Gigi Hadid is opening up about her shifting relationship with her body.
Gigi, now 27, was just 18 when she made her runway debut at the Desigual Fall 2014 show. She’s since partaken in a plethora of international campaigns and projects, securing herself as one of the world’s most famous supermodels.
Her sister, Bella Hadid, is also a globally known model — as was their mom, Yolanda Hadid.
Having spent years obsessing over her daughters’ body image, it’s no secret that Yolanda has been a huge driving force in both Bella and Gigi’s respective modeling careers.
On one of Gigi’s birthdays, for example, Yolanda freaked out when Gigi ate a piece of her own cake. On a separate occasion, Gigi phoned Yolanda and said she was feeling “really weak” from hunger, to which Yolanda appeared to advise: “Have a couple of almonds. Chew them really well.” She later said that this was taken out of context.
It was this comment that coined the popular TikTok term “Almond Moms,” which refers to parents who project their unhealthy relationships with food onto their children.
Just a few months ago, Yolanda responded to all the controversy by making light of her “Almond Mom” status. Posing with a huge bowl of almonds, she wrote on TikTok: “#Worstmomever” and “#almonds.” It’s also worth noting that Gigi’s sister Bella has been open about dealing with anorexia and body dysmorphia.