Amman, November 8, 2017
by Yasmeen Shawwa

So What’s Gigi Hadid’s Real Name?

Okay, we have been super consumed with everything Gigi for the past couple of years that it never even occurred to us to dig out for her real name! As apparently ‘Gigi’ sounds like a nickname originally, so it just hit us, a simple click of a button and the mystery got unveiled..

Gigi’s real name is not even close to Gigi. It’s Jelena Noura Hadid; pronounced ‘Yolena’.

Her mother, Yolanda Foster, came up with the nickname when Gigi was just starting grade school.

“My mom was called that as a kid by her mother when she was younger, but only around the house. I was called that around the house when I was really young.In first or second grade, there was a girl named Helena and it got confusing with the teacher who had to call out our names, and so the teacher asked my mom, ‘If I needed to call Jelena a nickname, what would it be?’ And my mom was like, ‘I call her Gigi sometimes,’ and the name stuck.”

Nov 8, 2017