The Unexpected Way Gigi Hadid Prepares for Fashion Week
As it turns out, mindfulness is the ~essence~ of modeling.
At age 21, Gigi Hadid is a relative newcomer to the modeling world-at least compared to veterans such as Kate Moss and Heidi Klum-but she's quickly risen to top the supermodel ranks. She's even ranked fifth overall on the list of top-earning models in 2016, according to Forbes.
So Gigi must have some magic secret for getting runway ready-even under the pressure of New York Fashion Week or the annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, right? Well, she does, but it actually has nothing to do with juice cleanses, cardio, or leafy greens. (Although she does enjoy açaí bowls on the reg.) Nope, she gets game-day-ready (or in her case, catwalk-ready) by focusing on something you can't even see: mindfulness.
"You have to go to work, ready to block out everything that's outside of your work environment: to be able to change the channel in your mind and separate your thoughts and focus on what you're doing at the moment," says Hadid in a new video for Reebok's #PerfectNever campaign, which is all about ditching perfection and focusing on being the best version of yourself. (BTW, this video is chill compared to her first #PerfectNever appearance, which was epically badass.)
ICYMI, mindfulness is basically the new black. It's all about focusing your mind on the present moment, so you can tune in to what's going on right now, rather than getting wrapped up in worry over what has already happened or what could happen in the future. (Learn more about fostering mindfulness so you can take advantage of its long list of benefits.)
All that mindfulness and #selflove can certainly come in handy if you have nearly 30 million Instagram followers like Gigi. Plus, it probably helps her remain calm when tabloids judge her every move-and every inch of her body. Despite being a crazy-successful model, even Hadid gets slammed by body-shamers, both in her day job and on social media. That's why she took a brief a social media hiatus and why she's speaking out about what it means to be "perfect."
"Because my job is based on the way I look, people assume that that means you don't have human qualities in you," says Hadid in the video. "I hope that everyone can see that's the point of all this. It doesn't matter. We're not perfect."