With his two older sisters Gigi and Bella being worldwide IMG models, his father, Mohamed, being a multimillionaire real-estate business mogul and his mother, Yolanda, being a supermodel in her own right, as well as former star of the wildly popular TV series Real Housewives of Beverly Hills - it’s easy to stay in the shadows for the youngest sibling of the Hadid's.
Anwar Hadid might be the lesser-known star of the Hadid family and you’ll no doubt be more familiar with Gigi and Bella Hadid - the ubiquitous sisters are currently scoring campaigns, catwalk appearances and magazine covers left, right and centre - but lately the young brother has been burning up the headlines all on his own (and not only for his fashion appearances!)
He was recently seen at a CFDA Awards after party with supermodel and Keeping Up With The Kardashians star - as well as the close friend to Bella and Gigi - Kendall Jenner. Is a new romance blossoming?
If you’re big fans of the three IMG models and want to know more about the youngest sibling in the Hadid family, keep reading - here are 15 revealing truths about Anwar Hadid.
15 He's A Model, Too
It seems like one of the conditions to meet in order to be part of the Hadid family is being a model - or part of the model industry somehow. Gigi Hadid and Bella Hadid might be the best-known ones, but Anwar Hadid is a model as well. He made his debut on the cover of Nylon magazine back in 2015 and followed his sisters lead when signed a modeling contract with IMG in February of 2016. Since then, he came a long way.
He graced the cover of Teen Vogue in June/July 2016, before he even turned 17 - and made it to the Paper Magazine in the ‘YOUths’ fashion editorial. In 2017, he was announced as the face of ‘Hugo Boss Menswear’ and walked the ramp at the Zadig & Voltaire ‘New York Fashion Week’ in February of the same year. He also posed with his sister Gigi for the British Vogue Magazine in March 2017 and walked the Tommy Hilfiger catwalk alongside both his sisters at the LFW show for SS18.
“Modeling was never a thought in my mind growing up, but my mom felt it was important for me to be open to business opportunities and expand my horizons,”
Anwar said back in an interview with Teen Vogue in 2016. “I’m excited to go for it!” It's official, another Hadid star is rising!
However, Anwar was quite famous and used to being in front of the camera even long before his modeling days. He made various appearances in his mother’s reality show The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and appeared on Shahs of Sunset, another Bravo tv series.
14 He Has Lyme Disease Like His Sister Bella And Mother Yolanda
Just like their mum Yolanda, both Anwar and Bella Hadid have Lyme disease - an infectious disease spread by ticks. It was confirmed by Yolanda during an episode of Real Housewives.
The mum of three said: “I know the treatments, I know what they need and I can support them because I get what they're feeling. That's really the bottom line of fighting a disease like this is you don't get it until you get it, so you know, thankfully I've been through the journey and I can hopefully prevent them forever getting as sick as I was.”
She also opened up about her diagnosis while accepting an award at the Global Lyme Alliance inaugural gala in 2015.
“This award is for Anwar and Bella,” Yolanda declared. “This is my token and my promise to you that I will not allow you to live a life of pain and suffering. I will walk to the end of the earth to find a cure so that you can live a healthy life that you deserve. No child should suffer the way that you do... I thank you both for your extraordinary selflessness during this journey. Your unwavering love and compassion have kept me alive and fighting through the darkest days of my life.”
13 His Zodiac Sign Is Cancer
Anwar's birthday is on 22nd June (same as Meryl Streep and Tom Cruise!), which makes him a Cancer.
If you believe in Horoscopes, you might be interested in knowing that this sign is particularly known to be kind, sensitive and romantic! Queue up, girls.
Individuals born under the Cancer sign are considered homebodies at heart, even if they’re out and about in the working world - or the queen bees of their social lives. They love returning to a space that they can call their own, as home and deep bonds keep them feeling secure. You’ll later see how much Anwar feels connected to and - grateful for - his family.
Many Cancers are passionate lovers of food (they enjoy both cooking and eating it!) - but don’t mind sharing some with their regular crew. Anwar has shown to have a regular and close crew multiple times on his Instagram posts. He always shares pictures while having fun with his friends - some of which are Jaden Smith, Lucky Blue Smith, and Cameron Dallas. Anwar is also very close with Bella’s on-and-off boyfriend The Weeknd!
Cancers are also creative and great with kids and pets (you can see with your own eyes how Anwar was confident while having puppies around during his interview with Teen Vogue in 2016!).
12 He Dated Actress Nicola Peltz, Who’s 5 Years Older Than Him
Anwar has dated actress Nicola Peltz - who is nearly five years older than him - for quite a while before the two split early this year. They’ve always been pretty open about their relationship on social media (they even made an ‘intimate’ video for Love Magazine) by constantly sharing pics of them together.
However, things seemed to have turned for the ... not great. When they broke up, Anwar unfollowed Nicola on Instagram, while she unfollowed him and his entire family. Back in 2016, Nicola was rather enthusiastic about the Hadid clique, saying on the record: “He comes from such an amazing family. Gigi and Bella are so, so sweet. I just love his family so much. They’re feminine, strong girls. To have that around is amazing.”
But the American actress could not be the only one who stole Anwar’s heart. Before he started dating model and actress Nicola Peltz - who had been previously linked to Justin Bieber - in late 2016, the youngest Hadid was seeing model Sofia Richie after they both appeared in a campaign for Tommy Hilfiger. Unfortunately, the relationship was short-lived, but the two seem to have ended on good terms and they still occasionally model together.
11 He’s A Big Ink-Lover
Generally speaking, celeb tattoo unveilings fall under one of two categories: either we know everything there is to know about the ink in question, or we have to put on our thinking caps and get creative. Anwar Hadid definitely falls under the latter, as many of his tattoos’ meaning stay a mystery.
Even if professional models shouldn’t have tattoos - or must have small ones that can be hidden - Anwar is no stranger to ink and his delicate tattoos have been an inspiration for many other ink-lovers. We don’t know how many small tattoos he has in total, but we can easily spot a few on his hands and back - where he has a bird, a rose, and ‘1999’ inked.
On his finger are tattooed a heart - which should show his sensitive side - and an address on his finger, perhaps his former home. Among his other tattoos, there’s also an ‘OYL’ - which stands for “own ya light”, in case you were wondering.
He also has a ‘3/3’ that doesn’t seem to have any particular meaning (but if anyone can shed any light on this one - we're listening!), and a completed tally of five on his wrist (maybe a reference to his family and being the third sibling).
10 He’s Named After His Father’s Middle Name
While he can be easily considered a Hollywood Royalty, Anwar Hadid is the only son of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills stars Yolanda Foster, 54, and Mohamed Hadid, 69. The 18-year-old model was named after his real-estate mogul father, whose middle name is ‘Anwar’. Mohamed is worth an estimated $150 million — which is some moolah that’s definitely not to be sniffed at!
His name means ‘luminous’ in Arabic, which can be seen as one way that can describe his future. His plans are big, and his life is pretty much planned out to aim for the best. The youngest of the glam Hadid brood was seemingly branded to shine bright like a diamond the moment he was born.
Ironically, his name also means ‘beautiful’ in Muslim, which pretty much announced his very promising career in the model industry. It seems like his name predicted and revealed what he was destined for.
9 He’s A Social Media Mogul
Anwar, like both his sisters and mother, is considered a social media star. He may not be on the level of the Kardashian Klan, but, when it comes to social media popularity, Anwar’s doing quite nicely. He has a whopping two million followers on Instagram - where he likes to share the behind-the-scenes of his modeling life, some super hot selfies and candid snaps with family or friends) - and over 83k followers on Twitter.
“I hope to collaborate with the brands and publications that inspire me,” he explained when talking about capitalizing on the Hadid-mania exploded on social media.
“My generation was born to work with social media — it’s a natural part of our communication with the world,” he continued, during his 2016 interview with Teen Vogue. It looks like the 16-year-old Anwar already had it all mapped out.
In fact, everybody is using social media in some way these days - there are now an estimated 2.62 billion active users of social platforms, and rising every day (even dogs now have their own social media accounts!) And like any other social media mogul, Hadid is able to monetize his social media posts, which helped him accumulated quite a comfortable nest egg. According to Life Tailored, Anwar Hadid’s current net worth has accumulated to approximately $300,000 dollars. Not bad considering he’s only 18 and has a long (upward) way to go!
8 He’s A Sporty Guy
When he’s not posing in front of the camera, strutting down the catwalk - or palling around with Jaden Smith and jet-setting to Coachella with friends - Anwar likes to lace up his sneakers and build up a sweat on the courts. The youngest of the Hadid brood loves to play basketball, soccer, and football - in addition to engaging in his lifelong passion for surfing and swimming.
“Anwar loves to swim and surf but his greatest passion is basketball,” Yolanda, 54, his mother, wrote on her site. “Maybe following in his dad’s footsteps, Anwar seems to be drawn to architecture and definitely has impeccable social skills and the gift of communication.” continued.
Also, when relaxing, the 18-year-old prefers watching basketball on Television and is a fan of the Lakers. Sounds like he’s a true-blue sports lover. Finally, it’s reported Anwar tries to stay healthy and hits the gym regularly. After all, it’s no secret professional models need to work hard in order to keep their body camera-ready.
7 He’s All About The Family
“My family is my foundation,” Anwar told Nylon during an interview. The 18-year-old model is super close to his sisters, as well as his mom and dad - who divorced in 2010 after 8 years of marriage. That said, Anwar is a self-declared momma’s boy - in the sweetest sense of course - and credited Yolanda multiple times for making him the man he is today:
“I’m comfortable around girls because I grew up with two sisters and a single mom. I feel very lucky for all they have taught me.”
He also loves hanging out and spending time with both his older sisters, Gigi and Bella Hadid. The ‘fab three’ are extremely close, and there are a bunch (more like a million!) of adorable family photos on Instagram to prove it.
“My sisters are awesome; they probably taught me everything I ever need to know about girls. My mom is very liberal, but also old-fashioned when it comes to manners. She taught me to always be kind and treat others with respect.” Hadid revealed. Awww! We’re melting!
6 His Crew Include Jaden Smith And Lucky Blue Smith
Anwar Hadid is often seen running around with pal Jaden Smith and heartthrob Lucky Blue Smith, who has also proved to be good support. “It’s nice to have a friend in the business. We ask each other for advice and opinions on things we are doing,” revealed Anwar, who certainly seemed to have left the competitiveness for the soccer and football fields. “I don’t feel any of that [competitiveness] from people I’ve met in the industry; I don’t think guys really think that way.”
Indeed. the 18-year-old have worked with many other fellow models in the industry, like Cameron Dallas, with who he shared one of his first magazine covers back in 2016. He’s also been connected to many female models, friends of Gigi and Bella, like Kendall Jenner, Hailey Baldwin and Sofia Richie (who’s also an ex for Anwar!).
Finally, Anwar has been seen spending some quality time with sister Bella’s on-and-off boyfriend - none other than Canadian singer The Weeknd. Seems like Anwar isn’t struggling to find some (celebrity) company!
5 He Had A Pretty "Normal" Upbringing
Anwar Hadid was born in Los Angeles, California and spent his childhood at a ranch in Santa Barbara before his family moved to the city when he was in elementary school. He did “regular kid” things like go to Malibu High School and being part of the school soccer team (we already mentioned his fiery passion for sports!) - but also appeared in Real Housewives of Beverly Hills next to his mum, star of the tv series, and sisters. He was just as photogenic back then!
The fame came for him during his high school years. He signed his first modeling consignment with the multi-platform Nylon Magazine in October 2015 and featured on the Teen Vogue edition of June-July along with Cameron Dallas in 2016.
No matter at what point in their careers, the Hadid siblings proved multiple times to have been struck on their refusal to let fame get to their heads.
“I think our family motto is to always work hard, be humble, kind, and thoughtful about others around us,”
Anwar declared to Teen Vogue. Maybe his ‘normal’ childhood helped him keep this point in mind!
4 He Wasn’t Planning On Being A Model, At First
Back in 2016, during his interview with Teen Vogue, Anwar declared he had plans to study fashion design in New York City once he finished high school because he hoped to eventually have his own label. We don’t know if he still has these plans in mind, but we do know he didn’t intend to have a career as a model at first. Like Yolanda wrote on her site, Anwar has good social and marketing skills and would be a great real-estate businessman, just like his father, Mohamed Hadid (who’s worth $150 million, btw!).
But for now, while he’s still young, he’s having fun being a model. He loves traveling and being on set: “They tell me to be myself, have fun, and focus on eye expressions,” he admitted, demonstrating a quick bad-boy smize with a laugh.
When asked if he’s worried about growing up too quickly, he’s intentional to respond: “I think life everywhere moves fast these days. We can find anything we want to know on the Internet, so automatically we mature faster, but I feel like a normal teenager who is maturing at my own pace.” Well said!
3 His Daily Uniform Is A White T-Shirt And Black Denim (But This Might Have Changed)
During a 2016 interview with Teen Vogue, the 16-year-old Anwar declared that a white T-shirt and black denim could be considered pretty much his ‘uniform’, but that had to change as he was stepping more and more into the model industry. “I only got interested in fashion a couple of years ago, when Gigi and Bella started modeling. I didn’t grow up rocking designer clothes, so this is all very new to me, but I am now down to wear anything on set.”
However, when he’s not on set, he pretty much seems to be rocking a cool underground street-style 24/7.
Even if they’re siblings, Bella, Gigi, and Anwar couldn’t be more different when it comes to outfit choices. Gigi, in fact, has quickly become America’s Sweetheart of the modeling world with her California Girl looks - while Bella likes flaunting a subtly spicier edge.
But while Anwar’s style can be considered much more similar to Bella’s than Gigi’s, he still has his own brand (a mix between Jimmy Stewart and James Dean with a bit of Brando).
His low-key nonchalance, gracious attitude, and old-school good looks set this guy apart from the sea of hungry, disenchanted Los Angeles youth desperate for attention:
“I try not to think about anyone’s expectations but rather focus on always doing my personal best,” he stated during the same interview. And we couldn’t say it better.
2 His Grandfather Was A Shirt Designer In Holland
As true-blue Hadid's and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills fans know, Yolanda is originally from Holland - where she modeled for 15 years before moving to Los Angeles in 1994 to start a family with real-estate businessman Mohamed Hadid. In one way or another, however, it seems like the Hadid family tried to be in the model industry even long before sisters and mom Hadid started walking the runway.
“My grandfather was a men’s shirt designer in Holland, so it must be in my genes.” shared Anwar shared during an interview with Teen Vogue in 2016. Indeed, despite his age, the youngest Hadid is already established in the modeling sector - just a little less than his two older sisters, Gigi and Bella Hadid, but he definitely has some time to get back at them.
He appears by all rights on track to make his grandfather and family - as well as his millions of fans - proud.
1 He Kissed Supermodel, And Gigi's Best Friend, Kendall Jenner
Only a few days ago, Anwar was spotted getting close with the supermodel - as well as Gigi and Bella’s close friend - Kendall Jenner. The two were spotted getting intimate during the afterparty of the Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards in New York on June 4.
TMZ confirmed that Kendall and Anwar were seeing cuddling and drinking for about two hours, but she left the party solo and arrived at her hotel alone. However, Kendall was spotted with NBA player Ben Simmons - whom she has reportedly been dating - only a few days before, and it probably wasn’t officially ended on his side. Indeed, a source close to the basketball player revealed exclusively to Hollywood Life he feels ‘used’. But it also seems like Simmons doesn’t leave competitiveness to the basketball court:
“Ben’s the type of guy that loves the chase, he loves to compete. If she was doing this to get his attention it has definitely worked,” the source continued.
Anwar, on the other hand, reportedly split from actress Nicola Peltz about 2 months ago, so he was ‘good to go’. This whole story looks more like an innocent flirt than a serious thing, but they were still quite strange news to hear, especially considering he’s only 18 and Kendall is notoriously close to both Gigi and Bella. Now we can do nothing but see what happens!
References: Glamour.com; HollywoodLife.com; Telegraph.co.uk; TeenVogue.com; Bravotv.com; HollywoodLife.com