Gigi Hadid or Bella Hadid?

It’s not every day that siblings pursue the same career path and achieve nearly as much success, but Bella Hadid and her older sister Gigi Hadid did just that. The Hadid sisters started modeling at a young age. After turning 18, they both landed lucrative modeling deals with luxury designers like Diane Von Furstenberg and Chanel.

The equally successful careers of Gigi and Bella baffle some people. However, while they’re both accomplished role models, their backgrounds, degrees of success, and traits — like height — vary. So which sister is the tallest?

Bella Hadid wanted to be an Olympian rider

In a 2015 interview with Glamour, Yolanda Foster (now Hadid), the mother of the two sisters, revealed that Bella was really into horses as a child. She wanted to be a professional rider and almost competed in the Olympics.

However, illness cut short Bella’s career with horses when she was diagnosed with Lyme disease. Yolanda asked her youngest daughter to reduce her riding activity for fear of having an accident and injuring herself. Bella began modeling during this time. Her big breakthrough came in 2014 when she walked for Spanish fashion brand Desigual at New York Fashion Week.

Bella’s sister Gigi’s passion for modeling was more evident from an early age. A Baby Guess ad campaign featured her when she was 2 years old. However, Yolanda cut off Gigi’s modeling gigs when she was nine to ensure she had a normal childhood without the judgment that comes with modeling. Gigi, however, entered the modeling world after turning 17.

Gigi Hadid is one inch taller than Bella Hadid

Models and sisters Gigi Hadid and Bella Hadid in 2019 | Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for MTV

While both sisters have enviable careers as models, Gigi is the more popular of the two by social media standards. On Instagram, she surpasses Bella’s follower count of 22.9 million at the time of publication. Gigi has 72.7 million followers and Bella 49.8 million followers.

Gigi has a net worth of $29 million, while Bella is valued at $25 million. Plus, Gigi has done more magazine covers than Bella. The 26-year-old even turns down requests to appear on top magazine covers so other models have a chance to promote themselves.

Standing at 5’10’, Gigi is an inch taller than her younger sister Bella, who is 5’9′, which is the average height for female models.

The personal life of Gigi and Bella

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Gigi and Bella’s successful careers have not come without criticism. Although both work hard, critics point out that the sisters benefit from their mother’s connections in the industry, given that Yolanda was a world-class model in the 80s and 90s. Gigi and Bella’s father is a wealthy real estate developer, which adds to the perception that their success came easily. Other fans, however, point out that privilege can only take you so far.

The fame of the sisters means it’s hard to keep your personal life out of the public eye. It becomes even more difficult if you are in a relationship with another celebrity. Gigi recently ended a six-year relationship with singer Zayn Malik following his altercation with his mother. The singer was later charged with four counts of harassment, which he did not contest.

Bella acknowledged that these events brought her closer to Gigi. By contrast, Bella’s personal life has been more secretive. She is currently in a relationship with Marc Kalman, a romance dating back to July 2020. Kalman is an art director specializing in merchandise design and album art.

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