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Then and Now: The Evolution of Gigi Hadid

Gigi Hadid was born on April 23, 1995, which makes her a whopping 21 years old. But though she was born to semi-famous parents—her mom, Yolanda Foster, a former model has appeared on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, and her dad, Mohamed Hadid, is a real estate entrepreneur—her rise to fame took some time. But when it hit, it was like wildfire.

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Hadid only started modeling four years ago, when she was 17. The first photos of her on Getty, a photo database, are sweet and somewhat shocking (for starters, they refer to her as a “socialite”). Don’t get us wrong—they’re lovely, and she’s gorgeous, but she looks so different from the way she looks now.

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And yes, of course, she has grown up—lots of things happen to the face and body between the ages of 17 and 21. But we can’t help but wonder (shout-out Carrie Bradshaw): How much of Gigi’s evolution was shaped by the industry in which she works? Have a look for yourself in the slideshow ahead.

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