Model Family: 25 Throwback Pics of Gigi, Bella & Anwar (BEFORE The Fame)

They say a picture is worth a thousand words and now it may be time to put that theory to the test. Now, most of us know who Gigi and Bella Hadid are. They’re some of the world’s most beautiful models in the whole industry. Their brother, Anwar is a recognizable face, too. And they can all probably thank their success to their veteran model mom Yolanda Hadid.

But getting in front of a camera and taking fantastic photos isn’t something relatively new for the Hadid family. As luck would have it, we have photographic proof that the Hadids may very well be one of the most gorgeous families in the world. They have a longstanding tradition of making the planet a whole lot brighter with their smiles and their beautiful family photos.

But creating a supermodel is no easy task. And yet, somehow, powerhouse mom Yolanda Hadid has managed to turn all three of her kids into successful models. We already know how gorgeous the Hadid family looks today. So now we’re going to take a little trip back in time, and fortunately, you don’t need a time machine to witness these adorable throwback pics of Gigi, Bella, and Anwar.

25 Gigi Has Always Been Camera Ready

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It's safe to say that in the few short years since Gigi made her debut, she has managed to gain the love, respect and obsessive devotion of millions of fans. She currently has 44.6 million followers on Instagram and we're sure that number will just keep on growing.

But even when she was just a tot, Gigi was already a total human cupcake.

We’re surprised the camera didn’t overload on adorableness! And although this teeny version of Gigi was pouty, she was still adorable.

24 Bella Perfected Her Model Gaze Back In Her Toddler Days

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Just look at those eyes! Bella’s smoldering gaze has remained her signature look since she was a toddler. There’s something so empowering about her stare. It’s almost as if she’s getting ready to say: “Are you looking at me? Cause I don’t see anyone else around. So, you must be looking at me.” And can you blame anyone for staring too much? Bella was impossibly pretty when she was a little kid (not that she isn't today!). Nowadays, her beauty is so striking, that tons of people are asking plastic surgeons to give them "the Bella Hadid look."  Now that's just insane!

23 Anwar Has Been Serving Face Since The '90s


Anwar was raised in a ranch in Santa Barbara, but he later moved to Malibu with his family when he was still in elementary school. After high school, modeling gigs rained down on him.

And since his sisters Gigi and Bella were also rising stars, he figured he’d follow in their footsteps.

Plus, Gigi always encouraged him to try new things even at a young age. But it’s easy to see that this kid was always a natural in front of the camera.

22 Gigi Was Featured In Vogue When She Was 5 Years Old… Completely By Accident!

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When she appeared on the cover of French Vogue in 2016, about the only thing that Gigi was wearing was Chanel No. 5. Was the shoot extremely risqué? Absolutely, but that’s what you have to do in the fashion world if you want to get ahead in the business. But ironically, this wasn’t the first time she had been on the cover. When she was 5 years old, she photobombed a photoshoot! It was an accident, but it proved she was destined to be on the cover of the magazine as she looked completely comfortable in front of the cameras.

21 Gigi And Bella Have Always Shared A Bond Few People Could Understand


Fans of the Hadid sisters would probably duke it out trying to name who the best model is. Some would say that once you go Bella you never go back, but Gigi's fans would disagree.

And yet, the two sisters are each lovely and unique in their own way and there’s definitely no sibling rivalry between the two in the modeling industry.

If anything, the two have always shared a bond that demonstrated the true meaning of sisterhood, even at an early age.

20 Gigi Was Discovered By Paul Marciano, From Guess, When She Was Only Two Years Old


Gigi Hadid can thank Paul Marciano from Guess for getting her modeling career started. The moment he laid eyes on her he knew that she was destined for greatness. But the first time he saw her, she was only two years old. She just came out with that adorable smile, tiny button nose, and gorgeous blue eyes and he knew there was something special about this girl. Gigi has since done 12 campaigns for Guess, and it’s easy to see why this bandana-wearing tot wound up being such a hit!

19 Anwar Isn't As Obsessed With Selfies And Social Media As His Sisters. He's Too Busy Playing Sports!


Anwar Hadid has about 2.4 million followers on Instagram, but he’s only posted 904 times, so far. It doesn’t mean he isn’t active at all! He just isn’t as obsessed about taking selfies and posting on social media the way her sisters are.

But that might have a lot to do with the fact that he loves playing various sports like football and soccer.

It’s kind of tough holding a selfie stick when you’re trying to kick a ball down a field, you know what I mean?

18 Bella Has Always Showed An Edgier Side Than Her Older Sis, Gigi


Bella is the ultimate “It Girl” in the fashion industry. But she has a rebellious side to her that sets her apart from her older sis, Gigi. In 2015, she signed on to IMG models, but let's be honest here, they would have been crazy not to take her! Just look at this photo of when she was a little girl. She’s got the whole mean streak, bad girl vibe right down to the T. She’s like a mini biker chick with her bandana and a steely gaze. Even at such a young age, you could tell she was destined for greatness.

17 The Hadid Siblings Grew Up In A Cozy Mansion Surrounded By Luxury And TV Cameras


Becoming models may seem like something that just happened for the Hadid siblings in recent years, but these high fashion models are definitely used to living the lives of millionaires.

They actually grew up in an $85 million custom-built mansion designed by their dad, Mohamed Hadid, who was a developer.

Plus, their mom Yolanda is a former model and the reality star of the hit The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. So, it wasn’t like they had to get used to fame and fortune. They had already been brought up in luxury, where jet-setting and traveling around the world were part of their world.

16 Back In The Day, Bella Used To Spend Most Days Riding Horses


These days, Bella Hadid is too busy slaying the runways, going on casting calls, and posing in front of the camera of world-renowned photographers. But back when she was just a normal little girl, she had a thing for horses. In fact, she spent a lot of her time riding them! It was her favorite pastime, and as you can see from her smile, this was one happy little girl. Of course, now she could probably afford an entire farm full of horses if she wanted to. But perhaps she's too busy dating The Weeknd, attending the Met Gala, and landing the cover of Vogue to be riding horses until the sun goes down!

15 Take A Look At This Adorable Ensemble She Put Together When She Was Out For A Stroll


This photo makes you want to start singing “The Hills Are Alive!” But take a look at little Gigi. This girl knew how to put together the ultimate ensemble!

Not only did she pick the right outfit, but she’s rocking that cow purse in a unique way.

Plus, she didn't even need a runway to pose. Look at the way she holds her arm and hand! Gig looked naturally modelesque as she takes a lovely stroll with her little bro Anwar.

14 Bella Never Actually Had Dreams Of Becoming A Model


It’s hard to imagine Bella being anything other than an international supermodel. It seems like she was meant to strike a pose in front of the cameras. Even as a baby she looked gorge! But in the summer of 2014, Bella moved to New York City to pursue a photography degree at Parsons School of Design. Modeling was more Gigi’s thing, but as it turns out, she looked too good in front of the camera to pass up the opportunity to work as a model. And we can't blame her!

13 Gigi And Bella Share The Same Love For Horses


It turns out that Bella isn’t the only one in the family who has a lot of warm and fuzzy feelings over horses. Gigi also absolutely loved horses, just like her sister.

But Gigi is so talented that even her on-again-off-again boyfriend Zayn Malik couldn’t believe she was so good at it!

But Zayn should've known that Gigi is the whole package! After all, Gigi made her acting debut in the music video “Pillow Talk” along with him. Horseback riding, modeling, acting. There's seriously nothing Gigi can’t do!

12 Anwar Was Also Born "Camera-Ready," But His Passion For Fashion Goes Beyond Modeling


Anwar has always been camera-ready and we've got the pics to prove it. Seriously, he was such an adorable kid, you can't help but stare. But he’s not sticking to just one possible career path. Anwar is carefully exploring all of his options. He didn’t initially want to become a model either. But fashion is certainly a part of his future. It’s why he wants to study fashion in New York, because it’s his greatest hope that someday he’ll get to own his own label. Who knows, maybe he’ll end up being his sisters’ boss someday. Stranger things have happened in the modeling industry!

11 Here's A Fascinating Tidbit: Gigi, Bella, And Anwar Aren't The Only Hadid Siblings!


Gigi, Bella, and Anwar have always been in front of the camera and everyone is pretty much familiar with the lovely trio of siblings. But it turns out that they aren't the only Hadid siblings!

As a matter of fact, they have two half-siblings named Alana and Marielle, with whom they share the same father.

The mysterious Hadid sisters’ mother was Mary Butler, who was Mohamed’s first wife. Sadly, that marriage wasn’t meant to be and ended in 1992, but it allowed Mohamed to move on (at least, temporarily) with Yolanda, which produced the most photogenic siblings in the modeling industry.

10 The Hadids Have Been Through Thick And Thin Together


The Hadid siblings didn't only bond thanks to their modeling career. The three of them also suffer from Lyme Disease, which they inherited from their mom, Yolanda. The tick-borne disease causes fatigue and joint pain among other symptoms, but it’s manageable. Of course, that doesn’t mean that the family doesn’t have a tough time dealing with the condition. Sometimes they do go through periods of time when the disease gets to them, but when that happens, they do it together, which makes their condition a little easier to handle.

9 There's A Secret Meaning Behind Their Names That Is Just As Alluring As The Lovely Hadid Family


Their father Mohamed is Muslim so it makes total sense that Anwar’s name actually has a special secret meaning. Anwar means "luminous" in Arabic. But his name also means "beautiful," which pretty much defines him to a T. Meanwhile, Gigi’s full name is Jelena Noura while Bella's name is Isabella Khair.

Apparently, Noura means "light" and Khair means "benevolent" in Arabic.

Now give us a minute while we wrap our heads around the fact that Gigi and Bella are actually aliases and not their real names!

8 They Went To A Super Glamorous School In Beverly Hills, The Kind You Only See On TV Shows Like Gossip Girl


You certainly didn’t expect Anwar, Gigi, and Bella to go to just any school, now did you? They actually attended a super glamorous school in Beverly Hills, which totally explains how Bella ended up being friends with the now world-famous Kendall Jenner in high school. But clearly, no one had to teach them anything about being runway-ready. Kendall and Bella are the type of girls who were actually born with that special "oomph" the fashion industry is so obsessed with.

7 Although They Don't Share The Same Genes, The Hadids Are Related To The Jenners... Sort Of


Music producer David Foster was once married to Yolanda Hadid. So, he was the Hadid kids' stepdad for a while. But before he married Yolanda, Foster was married to Linda Thompson. And before Thompson married Foster, she was married to Caitlyn Jenner. Caitlyn eventually married Kris Jenner and had Kendall and Kylie.

So, you could say that the Hadids and the Jenners are sort of family, but in a non-blood-related kind of way.

If this whole thing gave you a headache, don’t worry, we have one too.

6 Before She Became A World-Renowned Supermodel, Bella Was Actually The One Behind The Camera


Bella wound up becoming a famous supermodel. But the truth is, she always assumed she would end up being behind the camera as a photographer. But as luck would have it, the modeling bug bit her. The more and more time she spent in front of the camera, the more she ended up liking it. And having the experience behind the camera has allowed her to appreciate how lighting and angles are key when posing in front of the camera.

5 Gigi May Be Too Busy Rocking The Runway, But She Could've Had A Career In Criminal Psychology


Gigi might be gracing the covers of several magazines, but who knows if this is the kind of life she’ll want to have five years from now! But what could she possibly do other than modeling?

It turns out that she moved to New York when she was 18 to pursue the profession of a criminal psychologist.

So, who knows? In a few years, Gigi might throw in the modeling towel for a career that requires a business suit. But whatever she decides, she’ll handle it like a boss.

4 The Hadid Siblings Grew Up In Total Luxury, But You Will Never Catch Them Bragging About It!


Gigi Hadid feels a bit guilty about her privileged lifestyle. It’s one of the reasons she works very hard to overcome the feelings of remorse that made her appreciate her upbringing even more. And you probably won’t catch any of her siblings bragging either. They all know that they come from a privileged upbringing, but they also know that their parents didn’t come into their fortune out of thin air. The siblings have strong work ethics because their parents came from nothing, and they owe it to them to remain humble.

3 Anwar Wasn’t Sure About Being A Model, But Yolanda Encouraged Him To Give It A Shot


In case you’ve been living under a rock, Anwar is a major cutie who's also pretty shy, so his mom Yolanda had to push him a little to see if the modeling industry was something he would be interested in. It just wasn’t in his plans or in his nature.

Anwar was the type of kid who would have much rather remained in the background.

Yolanda had initially tried and failed to get him to make a cameo appearance in a modeling competition, and this was after she got him to become a model! But clearly, mother knows best, because he’s definitely in high demand now and totally loving his job!

2 Gigi Is No Stranger To Fighting For What She Wants, And She Gets Her Perseverance From Her Sporty Past


Gigi was initially rejected by Victoria’s Secret, but that didn’t stop her. She pushed her way into the modeling industry until she made her dreams come true. But things might have turned out differently if it hadn’t been for her love for sports. She was a total pro when it came to volleyball in high school. She considered pursuing the sport when she got to college, but she ultimately chose to head to New York where she became a model. But being a sports player teaches you a lot about life. You don't get good at something but giving it just one shot. Oh no! You have to keep going until you eventually succeed, which is a major life lesson that undoubtedly ended up helping her career.

1 Fame Hasn’t Gone To Their Heads Thanks To Their Mama Bear Yolanda, Who Taught Them To Stay Humble


It doesn’t matter how famous they are. The Hadid siblings have proven that they’re not the kind of people who let fame and fortune get the best of them.

But if you’re wondering where they learned to be so level-headed, just ask their mama bear, Yolanda.

She made sure that they always worked hard for what they wanted. But she wanted them to remain humble and kind to others. It’s a philosophy that has become a family motto and undoubtedly made them the incredible people they’ve become, on and off the runway.

Sources: Vogue, Huffington Post, Daily Mail, Bustle, Insider

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