It's hard to imagine a world in which Gigi Hadid isn't 100 percent confident about all aspects of her existence. With seven Vogue covers, dozens of campaigns and a slew of big-name runway appearances under her belt, you'd certainly assume the 20-year-old "Instagirl" has it all figured out, career-wise at least. Not so! As it turns out, Hadid harbored an insecurity about her runway walk — which has been widely critiqued by the press, this website not included — until one of fashion's big-guns stepped in for support.
In the Lily-Rose Depp-covered spring/summer 2016 issue of Love — for which Hadid (and her substantial underboob) landed an editorial and interview — she explains that it was Naomi Campbell who helped grow her confidence. In Milan, shortly before the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, Campbell apparently invited Hadid to her hotel for a workshop. In her own words:
"I was like, OK. I go to her hotel and we end up practicing walking in the hallway of the hotel. Italian families are coming out to watch and she's like, 'Don't look at them, keep walking, they're your audience.' The elevator would open and the waiter would come out – 'Don't look at him, he's your audience, do a spin and keep going.' It was terrifying, walking in front of this Italian grandmother and her kid. After getting a lot of different opinions about my past Fashion Week I went into the VS show thinking, 'Yeah. Maybe I am different,' but I have heard Naomi saying, 'Bitch better have my money after I walked for her.' So it's going to be fine. If people don’t like how I walk then they don't have to watch."
Now, just imagine walking out of your hotel room in Milan and seeing those two clomping around your hallway when you're just, like, trying to get an espresso before taking a tour of the Duomo. Lucky tourists.
You can read Hadid's full interview when Love's spring/summer 2016 issue hits newsstands on Monday, Feb. 8.
This story has been updated to change the headline.