• Gigi Hadid gave birth to her first child in September 2020
  • Hadid opens up about the modelling industry
  • She was featured on The Real Housewives franchise in high school

Gigi Hadid isn't a stranger to the spotlight, and she won't back down now just because she's a busy mom! For her cover story hitting shelves in March, Hadid opened up to InStyle magazine about what it's like being a model amidst motherhood.

Plus, Hadid also goes on to share what's next for her, and reflects on her reality TV past!

Gigi Hadid says she's "obsessed" with her daughter

Like any mother, Gigi Hadid can't get enough of her kid! The supermodel is the mother of her 16-month-old daughter, Khai, whom she shares with her ex-boyfriend Zayn Malik. 

Gigi Hadid poses in the backstage of the Max Mara fashion show during the Milan Fashion Week

"I still can’t believe it," she said. "A lot of my mom friends feel like that, and we’re nearing the first couple years [with our kids]. You're obsessed with them."

She added, "She’s just so smart, and she’s so aware. She watches everything, she’s always learning, she’s always looking. She’s just awesome."

Hadid, who is used to being in the spotlight also opened up to what that was like for her growing up, particularly when her mother, Yolanda Hadid, appeared on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

"My mom wasn’t on TV until I was a senior in high school, so I was just on my way out of the house," she said to the outlet.

"It was weird for me," she continued. "I would come home from school and there would be production trucks outside. I would scale the staircase to my room so I wouldn’t have to go say hi to my mom in the kitchen."

Although, Hadid notes that most of her childhood wasn't on TV, and remembers her sporty past with fondness.

"When I think of my childhood, I think of the crazy, ecstatic volleyball player. I was that loud voice. I loved sports, I loved being on a team, I loved school and my friends," she said.

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Gigi Hadid talks her career!

Hadid is looking toward her future and is realizing that she has done so much, and she's okay stepping aside to focus on projects that mean more to her than "just selling clothes."

"Now I get to be like, 'What have I not done?'" she said. "There are magazines I say no to because I’d rather another girl have an opportunity to get that cover. I don’t need to do the same cover again if someone else’s career could skyrocket because of it."

She noted that for her, it's all about being kind over everything else. 

"There’s always going to be people in the industry who are younger, prettier, up-and-coming. You have to be kinder and more hardworking," she said. 

Hadid went on to tell the publication that she's aware of how kindness is most important, and shares some models leave for their nasty attitude.

"Sometimes people will be like, 'Why did this model come and go? She was so gorgeous.' But sometimes they just suck to be around," she said.

"I’m not saying that I’m the prettiest or the best model," she continued. "But I can say I’m someone who is nice to be around. Maybe that’s what’s kept me here for so long. People have to know that you’re going to be the same person every time they see you."

Hadid will be featured on InStyle's March issue, hitting newsstands next week.