Yolanda Hadid was born and raised in Papendrecht, a small farmer’s town in Holland where she rode horses, milked cows and loved the farm.
She grew up rather fast after her father passed away when she was just seven years old and, feeling the need to provide for her brother and her single mom, she became a dishwasher at the local Chinese restaurant at the age of 13.
Yolanda’s Modeling Career
At age 16, she was discovered by world-famous modeling agent, Eileen Ford, and left Holland to become an international model living and working in Paris, Milan, Hamburg, Sydney, Tokyo, and eventually New York City.
Hadid’s first marriage was to Mohamed Hadid, a real estate developer, from 1994 until 2000. The couple have three children together, Jelena “Gigi” (born 23 April 1995) Bella (born 9 October 1996), and Anwar (born 22 June 1999).
Hadid married musician, composer and producer David Foster in Beverly Hills, California on November 11th, 2011, after becoming engaged on Christmas Eve, 2010.
In January 2015, she revealed that, as a consequence of the illness, she had “lost the ability to read, write, or even watch TV”.
Following in their mother’s footsteps, all three of Yolanda’s children have become successful models at an early age.
Gigi Hadid’s modeling career started when she was two years old after she was discovered by Paul Marciano, of Guess.
She then stopped to concentrate on school. Hadid eventually returned to modeling, signing with IMG Models in 2011.
Gigi also resumed working with Marciano, and was named the face of a Guess campaign in 2012. She has shot three campaigns with Guess as an adult.
Bella Hadid signed to IMG Models in August 2014. In less than 2 years of modeling, she skyrocketed to runway fame. She made her New York Fashion Week debut in September 2014 walking for Desigual’s show.
In September 2015, Bella she walked for Tom Ford, Diane von Fürstenberg, Tommy Hilfiger, Jeremy Scott, Balmain, and Marc Jacobs at New York Fashion Week.
She also walked for Topshop Unique and Giles at London Fashion Week; Philipp Plein, Moschino, Missoni, and Bottega Veneta at Milan Fashion Week; and in December 2015 she made her Chanel debut, walking for the first time in the luxury brand’s Métiers d’Art show in Rome.
In 2016, she won the Daily Front Row’s “Model of the Year” Award.
Anwar is following in the supermodel footsteps of his mom and older sisters, Gigi and Bella, by signing to IMG Models in 2016. All three are now represented by the same agency.