NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 15: (EDITORS NOTE: This image was processed using digital filters) Gigi Hadid backstage at the Tommy Hilfiger Women's Fall 2016 show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Park Avenue Armory on February 15, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Grant Lamos IV/Getty Images for Tommy Hilfiger)

By Cristiana Frunză. LAST UPDATED April 22nd, 2016

Gigi Hadid: The girl who’s got it all

Model turns 21 on Saturday

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Gigi Hadid’s long blonde hair, bright blue eyes and endless toned legs seem to have conquered everyone’s hearts. America’s sweetheart has rapidly made her way to the top of the fashion world, now walking in high-end designer shows such as Chanel, Prada and Versace.

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The Californian model, named Jelena Nour Hadid by her parents, started her career way before she even knew what modelling was. At the age of two she became a model with Baby Guess. Seven years later, she’s on the catwalk making her New York Fashion Week debut, after which she soon turned into a fashion icon.

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Turning 21 on Saturday, she’s accomplished more than most people her age would dream of. The model is known to be ambitious, intelligent and open-minded.

She admits to receiving a lot of criticism from people everywhere, but has learned to deal with it over time. Gigi says she’s in a constant process of change and work, only to become the best version of herself.

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The nature of her job means keeping fit is a huge hobby for her. She’s often spotted wearing sportswear and declaring her love for sports outfits. Whether she goes to the gym in an all black adidas outfit, or running away from the papparazzi in Rihanna’s red Fenty Pumas, the model once said she preferred comfy leggings over any other clothing pieces.

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When she’s not doing shoots or rocking the runway, boxing is one of Gigi’s favourite sports and ways of exercising. At Gotham Gym, Gigi is one of the regulars, usually making appearances in Nike sports bras but that’s not to say she’s only a fan of the Swoosh. She’s been papped endless times flexing adidas Superstars and wore Stan Smith in a previous Vogue Australia shoot.

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Designers love her laid-back style and fans can’t get enough of her presence on social media.

Long before becoming an Instagram sensation, with 16m followers, Gigi was one of the first big poster girls of the Tumblr and Pinterest age. Now she’s on Snapchat sharing moments of her lavish life.

Then there’s her beau, Zayn Malik. The young couple are the epitome of #couplegoals with the pair frequently appearing together be it in Zayn’s debut solo single Pillowtalk or heading to Italy for another Vogue photoshoot.

She’s got it all and she’s only just getting started. Happy birthday, Gigi.

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