This Iconic Supermodel Taught Gigi Hadid to Walk the Runway Like a Pro

This Iconic Supermodel Taught Gigi Hadid to Walk the Runway Like a Pro

Believe it or not, Gigi Hadid has gotten slack for the “weird” way she walks down the runway. While she might look pretty flawless to you and me, modeling all the latest designer collections, she’s met a few tough critics along the way. But Gigi held her head high and shut down her haters, practicing her strut with supermodel Naomi Campbell in a hotel hallway:

“I was with Naomi a couple of weeks before the VS show. She said, ‘Don’t apologize, don’t do it. You are perfect the way you are . . . 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,” Gigi told LOVE for the magazine’s Spring 2016 issue.

Gigi stars amongst her peers Kendall Jenner, whom she regards as “the one who will always be like, ‘You don’t need that, just let it go,'” Emily Ratajkowski, and Jasmine Sanders in The Daisy Chain feature, which you can enjoy in full once LOVE Club his newsstands on Feb. 8. For now, read on to catch a glimpse at the It girls posing for photographer Carin Backoff and styled by Sally Lyndley.