What can make Gigi Hadid cry? Apparently, winning a major British award.
Hadid was named International Model of the Year at this year’s Fashion Awards, which, for all the Americans who have never heard of it, is a really big deal in the U.K.
And it’s an even bigger deal because, up until this year, the award has simply been Model of the Year, and it’s been won every year by a British model. This year, it was changed to International Model of the Year, and Hadid is the first American ever to claim the crown.
The award “gives recognition to a male or female model who has contributed most to the international fashion scene in the past year and has demonstrated influence beyond the catwalk,” and Gigi was up against her sister, Bella Hadid, and Kendall Jenner, among others. Gigi’s win may not have been a surprise because Bella didn’t even show up to the awards show, which makes it look like someone may have tipped them off about who won to avoid an awkward sister rivalry moment.
Donatella Versace presented the award to Hadid, who got super-emotional as she received it. She thanked all the major players in her career, especially the ones who helped her out, she said, “when no one knew who [she] was.”
“You guys know who I am, and that, to me, means so much,” she said through tears.
Hadid’s social media following, which is probably part of the reason she got the award, lit up following the announcement.
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